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Three F-M boats medal at state rowing championships

Top boys, girls crews headed to nationals in New Jersey

The Fayetteville-Manlius senior Boys 4+ crew, who won the silver medal during the May 11-12 state championships at Saratoga Springs. Kneeling: coach David Cusano. Top row, from left: Sawyer Konys, Chris Warren, Garrett Tongue, Connor Williams, Graham Ritchie.

The Fayetteville-Manlius senior Boys 4+ crew, who won the silver medal during the May 11-12 state championships at Saratoga Springs. Kneeling: coach David Cusano. Top row, from left: Sawyer Konys, Chris Warren, Garrett Tongue, Connor Williams, Graham Ritchie. Doug Hill

The Fayetteville Manlius 4+ boats officially raised the bar at the New York State Scholastic Rowing Association Championship Regatta in Saratoga on the weekend of May 11-12.

The girls Senior 4+ brought home the gold medal, as the boys Senior 4+ and girls Junior 4+ boat both grabbed silver medals. All three boats will proudly represent their school at next weekend’s SRA National Championships on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.

Coach Bob Garofalo’s Girls Senior 4+ is comprised of Claire Meyers, Sam Paige, Keara Lynn, and co-captains Kaitlin Anderson and Caitlin Green. They continued their winning ways by defeating the scholastic field in route to capturing the state title.

The girls took their boat to the prestigious Stotesbury Cup Regatta this weekend in Philadelphia. The tough competition in Philadelphia should certainly prepare them for a deep run at Nationals on May 25-26.

The girls Junior 4+ of Mackenzie Elliot, Dana Moffat, Caroline Withers, Sarah Sidd, and Chelsea Guida rowed strong, too, to finish second. These athletes are only sophomores and freshmen, and they continue to improve and exude enormous potential in qualifying for their first trip to Nationals.

Coach David Cusano’s boys Senior 4+ boat rowed a gritty race in the finals to stave off charging Manhasset in the final meters as Chris Warren, Garrett Tongue, Connor Williams, Graham Ritchie and Sawyer Konys finished strong for a solid silver medal finish.

As a second-time qualifier for the SRA National’s and current Sectional champ, the boys will bring experience as they compete in two weeks.

Other standouts included the girls Senior 8+ boat, who qualified for the Semi-Finals and placed seventh scholastically. Lexi Montoya, Michaela Pearl, Avery McCarthy, Sara Bernstein, Laurel Moffat, Corran Shrimpton, Kaitlin Hill, Emma Kohler and coxswain Nikole Metz rowed in a different class from what they had been racing and performed beyond expectation.

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