Cape Coral Rowing Club Medals In 10 Events
Training, conditioning and a winning attitude contributed to a best ever performance by the Cape Coral Rowing Club at the Sarasota Invitational Regatta last weekend.
With 34 Masters rowers and 11 Scholastic team members in attendance, the Club entered 12 events and came home with two gold medals, four silver medals and four bronze medals. “ It was rewarding to see all the drills and workouts translate into results like this” said Cape Coral coach Jim Heneghan. “The competition was tough, there were some excellent athletes here”.
A total of 45 rowing clubs descended on the new venue at Sarasota’s Nathan Benderson Park from cities such as Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, Gainsville, Palm Beach, Tampa, Tulsa, OK., Saratoga, NY., Rochester, NY. and Cincinnati, OH. Sarasota has successfully built on it’s strong history of rowing and now has become a Mecca for the sport on the national and international stages. With the planned expansion to a 2,000 meter course, the park will become one of just six venues in North America that satisfy International Rowing Federation requirements.
In addition to an excellent seven lane race course appreciated by rowers, the venue also features a spectator friendly viewing environment, which is unusual for most rowing events. Fans can sit in stadium style bleachers at the finish line, while watching the race start 1,500 meters away (nearly a mile) on a 15 foot wide “jumbo-tron” screen. As the race progresses, a second camera at the half-way mark picks up the action while live commentary lets spectators know how their home club is faring. “It was great to hear Cape Coral mentioned by the announcer so many times during this regatta” said Scholastic Coach Alis Jordan. “They spoke of us as an up-and coming program, having done well after only three years in existence”.
Mens Masters 1x (single scull)- Bronze- John Pokorny
Mens Masters 1x- Bronze- Frank Willis
Womens Masters 4+ (4 rowers)- Silver- Alis Jordan, Sue Sweeney, Meghan Fahey, Jennifer Gutteri, Nichole Corr-Harris (cox)
Mens Masters 4+ (4 rowers)- Silver- John Bell, Jim Gunter, Jon Hart, Joe Guttieri, Kelly Gunter (cox)
Mens Masters Novice 4+- Gold- Sam Scoville, Andy Kerr, Scott Anderson, Jim Poucher, Nichole Corr-Harris (cox)
Mens Masters 8+ (8 rowers)- Gold- John Bell, Jim Gunter, Jon Hart, Sam Scoville, Karl Aswizus, Dan Sasso, Richard Griffith, Walt Buch, Kelly Gunter (cox)
Mixed Masters 8+- Bronze- John Bell, Jim Gunter, Jon Hart, Joe Guttieri, Toby Tolp, Laura Simion, Betsy Buch, Annie Lahtinen, Kelly Gunter (cox)
Mixed Masters 8+- Bronze- Jennifer Guttieri, Karl Aswizus, Dena Beecher, Cindy Eaton, Dianna Saxon, Andy Kerr, Scott Anderson, Richard Griffith, Alis Jordan (cox)
Mens Scholastic 2- (2 rowers)- Silver- Adam Milton, Daniel Digby
Mixed Scholastic 4+- Bronze- Adam Milton, Daniel Digby, Lynette Anderson, Kelly Gunter, Jordan Hess (cox)
Mixed scholastic 8+- Silver- Nick Bell, Alex Danzi, Jordan Hess, Robert Learch, Kelly Gunter, Michelle Demkow, Nichole Corr-Harris, Natalie Ekdahl, Jackie Puterbaugh, Kelly Gunter (cox)