The Fayetteville-Manlius Varsity 8 boat that won at the May 5 Section III championships at Onondaga Lake Park. Bottom Rom, from left: Kaitlin Anderson, Keara Lynn, Claire Meyers, Sam Paige, Dana Moffat, Caroline Withers, Sarah Sidd, Mackenzie Elliot. Top row: Nikole Metz, Caitlin Green.
Fayetteville Manlius won seven of 17 events at the Section III Rowing Championships held on Onondaga Lake May 5. The Hornets’ crew took advantage of great weather conditions to post many of their best races of the season.
Senior co-captains Chris Warren and coxswain Sawyer Konys led their Varsity 4+ boat to a fast win. Joined by Connor Williams, Graham Ritchie and Garrett Tongue the team roared to an exciting 20-second margin over second place Liverpool.
The girls Varsity 4+ boat also pulled their way to victory. Coxed by co-captain Caitlin Green, the power of Claire Meyers, Sam Paige, Keara Lynn and co-captain Kaitlin Anderson helped the girls finish the last 500 meters strong, turning a tight race into a secure victory over Baldwinsville.
Also, the girls JV 4+ boat of Caroline Withers, Dana Moffat, Mackenzie Elliot, Sarah Sidd, and coxswain Chelsea Guida glided to a thrilling win over the B’ville lightweight four.
Meanwhile, the ‘B’ flight of the Novice 4+ boat, consisting of Evan Carr, Laim Sullivan, Michael Karle, Luke Flanders and Nick Montoya, posted an impressive win.
F-M’s 2nd Varsity 8+ girls boat, led by seniors Lexi Montoya, Michaela Pearl and Nikole Metz inspired underclassmen Avery McCarthy, Sara Bernstein, Laurel Moffat, Corran Shrimpton, Kaitlin Hill, and Emma Kohler to a spirited victory.
Rounding out the Hornets dominant performance in the 4 boat races, the boys 4+ light weight boat of Matt Gaglione, Tony Zhang, Mike Cupota, Brad Harris and Nick Licitra took first over the Liverpool JV 4’s.
The Hornets also notched a section high team total of seven runner-up finishes throughout the championships. Sectionals concluded late in the afternoon with the Varsity girls 8+ rowing to an open-water win over Liverpool. The boat combined the girls Varsity and JV 4’s, as Anderson, Meyers, Paige, Lynn, Moffat, Withers, Elliot, Sidd and coxswain Metz dug deep in their third race of the day to claim the Varsity 8 trophy.
Coaches Dave Cusano and Bob Garofalo were quite pleased with the team’s performance, and their continued development through the short race season before the state championships.