The Greenwich Academy crew team won its first New England championship last month, and assistant coach Christine Glandorf hopes the team doesn't stop there.
GA's Women's 4+ of coxswain Heather Miller, Amanda Young, Nina Demmerle, Galen Hughes and Caroline Ostrover will compete in the U.S. Youth National championships this weekend in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Young is from Port Chester, N.Y. All of the other girls are Greenwich residents.
The GA crew won its race at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta last month to earn the trip to the U.S. Nationals. Greenwich Academy also won the Grand Final in the Second Varsity 4+. Only the first 4+ winner earns an invitation to nationals.
"We don't want this to be we're excited to here kind of trip,'' said Glandorf, a former star with the Yale University rowing team. "They approached it that they want to do well, and they are in the right mindset. Then again if you had told me last fall we'd win a couple of medals at New Englands, I'd say you're crazy."
Glandorf says she's not surprised by the team's success. "I think we knew going into the season we were going to be pretty good,'' she said. "All season long we focused on our speed rather than our performance. We thought we were in a good position, but it's a tough league. We couldn't go in saying we could win. We were an unknown commodity. It was our first medal, and the first time we were competing in the fours."
Hughes and Ostrover are sophomores. Glandorf likes the mix of the team, with its blend of youth and experience. "Hopefully,'' Glandorf said, "we can do some good things."
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