Locals lead way at New England Regatta

Fairfield Prep Crew medaled in three key regional contests at the 2015 New England High School Championship Regatta on Oct. 11 in Worcester Mass. The regatta draws high school crews from across New England.

Coach Ed Feldheim was very pleased with the results. "Success against our competitors from the NEIRA league in the Fall bodes well for a strong winter training session and sets the stage for a successful Spring campaign,” he said.

The event was a "Head" style race, typical of Fall rowing, where crews race over a long course--2.6 miles in this case. Boats cross the starting line at intervals and race the clock while attempting to pass boats which started ahead of them. Prep competes in the Scholastic Division, racing against other school crews.

In Prep's First Varsity (1V) race, their eight-man crew finished second to Hingham (MA) High School with a time of 13:13.4, just 7 seconds off Hingham's winning 13:06.7.

The Jesuit's 1V boat was coxed by John Pacelli, Fairfield and its oarsmen were Peter Christakos, Norwalk; Dante Manello, South Salem NY; Zachary Hamar, Newtown; MJ Duffy, Fairfield; Kevin Lichtnefels, Guilford; Jim Toner, Fairfield; Brendan Rooney, Wilton and James Thornton, Fairfield.

Their 2V also placed second in this scholastic division with a time of 14:09.0, just 9.9 seconds off winning St. Johns (MA) High School's 2nd varsity boat.

Prep's 2V was coxed by Sanjeev Jariwala, Stamford, and rowers included Rob Anderson, Stamford; William Short, Ridgefield; Travis Whitney, Huntington; Pat Dolan, Fairfield; Matt Guinee, Newtown; Dan Fitzgerald, Fairfield; Joe Daccache, Newtown and Tom Clark, Trumbull.

Prep's 3V boat found their way to gold medals, winning their race in 14:25.

The first-place finishing 3rd Varsity was coxed by Chris Massaro of Monroe, and was rowed by Damian Chessare, Fairfield; Joseph Alessie, Milford; Nicholas Stachurski, Stamford; Brennan Black, Fairfield; James Ekstract, Fairfield; Matthew Pulsifer, Fairfield; Frank Gallagi, Fairfield and Kyle Bakonyi, Fairfield.

Feldheim said, “We have been working on a number of new combinations for all boats and this weekend we were able to see how they compared to our competition. Seems like we have found a few lineups that work and we are really excited to see how they do at the Head of Schuylkill in two weeks."

The crew will travel to Philadelphia for the Schuylkill on Oct. 25, and will end its fall season at Fordham Prep in the Bronx on Nov. 1.