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Connecticut Boat Club Rowers Bring Home Gold, Silver From San Diego Regatta

Teams from Connecticut Boat Club won gold and silver in San Diego. See story for IDs.
Teams from Connecticut Boat Club won gold and silver in San Diego. See story for IDs. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. – Connecticut Boat Club won gold at the San Diego Fall Classic Regatta, which was held on Mission Bay in San Diego and hosted by the historic San Diego Rowing Club.

Connecticut Boat Club was the only East Coast team racing at the event.

“This was a great opportunity to race teams from California, Washington, Oregon and Arizona, who we don’t typically see until Nationals in June," said Coach Liz Trond. "Winning the coxed 4 race, competing against a very fast boat from San Diego (second at Head of the Charles), was the perfect way to cap off our fall racing season and transition into our indoor season.”

The following CBC athletes competed in the Women’s Junior 1st Varsity 4+ and won gold: Cece Challe (coxswain), Catherine Garrett, Olivia Luther, Kat Kern and Julia Abbruzzese.

The following CBC athletes competed in the Women’s Junior 8+ and won silver: Cece Challe (coxswain), Julia Abbruzzese, Ella Petreski, Catherine Garrett, Olivia Luther, Casey Batson, Ellie Urdang, Kat Kern, and Jenna Macrae.

Additionally, the following girls took fifth place in the Women’s Junior Varsity 4+: Bella Fox (coxswain), Paige Purcel, Clara Geffs, Lucy Collins and Bridget Galloway

Photo IDs: Frong row: Coach Liz Trond, Bridget Galloway of Ridgefield, Ella Petreski of Pound Ridge, N.Y., Cece Challe of New Canaan, Bella Fox of Wilton, Julia Abbruzzese of Darien and Ridgefield.

Second row: Olivia Luther of Fairfield, Paige Purcel of Ridgefield, Jenna Macrae of Stamford, Casey Batson of Darien, Lucy Collins of Ridgefield, Clara Geffs of Greenwich, Catherine Garrett of Darien, Ellie Urdang of Greenwich and Kat Kern of Greenwich.

Connecticut Boat Club is a high-performance girl’s youth rowing club and Women’s Masters program based on the Norwalk River in Norwalk.

Founded in the spring of 2010 by U.S. National Team Junior/CBC head coach Liz Trond, the team includes girls from throughout southwestern Connecticut and Westchester County New York.

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