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2009 State Champs!!!
The Saline Crew team traveled to Kensington Park for the Scholastic Rowing Association of Michigan Championships. The women’s pair of Allison Cook and Erin Lankerd received the gold medal and were crowned State Champions in the first annual event. By maintaining one of the straightest course lines of the day, the pair was able to outrace their nearest opponents by five seconds down the 1500 meter course. The water was rough due to a strong tailwind but the pair were able to maintain their composure to the finish. Head Coach Samantha Murphy stated “they made all of the adjustments the coaches asked of them during the week. They started their final sprint in time to win it.” Erin Lankerd will be rowing at Michigan State next year and Allison Cook has received a partial athletic scholarship to Philadelphia University.
The men’s varsity four of John Recknagel, Keagan Jahnke, Sterling Hargrove, Sean Connors and coxswain Fraser Christie placed third in the finals, taking home the bronze medal. Their come from behind win in the semifinal heat knocked out perennial favorites Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory School. As a result of the winds, the schedule was changed and required the teams to turn around after winning their heat and row back down to the start for the finals. All seniors, the boys were excited to end their high school rowing career on a high note. Several will be going on to row in college.
The women’s varsity four, comprised of all underclassmen, two of which are novice rowers, made a strong showing. Megan Hogan, Whitney Webb, Heather Kinningham and Irene Kitromelides, coxed by Brenda Hanback, racing together for the first time, placed fourth in their heat, just out of reach of the finals.
The Junior eight women’s boat placed third in their heat and placed 5th in the finals. The Men’s Varsity eight went straight to finals and placed fourth to some very strong crews. The team’s last event of the season will be a learn to row program being held at Liberty School and Ford Lake this Saturday, May 23, 2009.