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RIVERVIEW CREW   (1992 - 1993) Next >>

The 1992-93 year was a heady experience for our two year old program. Our returning talent received a tremendous boost from Dinko Vucemilovic, an exchange student who had rowed on both the Yugoslavian and the Croatian Junior National Teams. He added world class experience that raised the level of our performance significantly. He taught us to test the limits of our capabilities and to love the chase.

So we entered the “big time”, The Head of the Charles with our Men’s 4+ of Dinko Vucemilovic, Devin Harms, Andy Briggs, Kevin Biegel and Katie Durkin – result - top high school finisher and 7th overall. Next - The Head of the Schuylkill with Jane Livingston coxing – result - top high school, second overall only to Navy. Next, The Head of the Broad where we entered eight races – result - seven gold medals and one silver medal while defeating many collegiate crews. The final race of the fall was The Head of the Hooch where both the Men and Women won gold medals in the Youth Eights. We had already established ourselves in our second season as a force to be counted.

We started the spring season by repeating as champions of the erg races at FIT in Melbourne. Next, our novices were dominant at the Novice Regatta in Orlando, winning four out of four races. The Riverview Rams collected six firsts, one second and four thirds for a total of 86 points to win the overall team points trophy against Winter Park’s 68, Boone’s 51 and Miami’s 47 at the Mayor’s Cup in Orlando.

At the Florida Crew Classic the team added another three gold medals, four silver medals and a bronze to its mounting season’s collection. The women’s eight of Amy Ogonowski, Jennifer Johnson, Samantha Davis, Ashley Armitage, Shanna Hourihan, Amanda Kyatt, Dawn Wise, Caroline van der Poel with Katie Durkin coxing began to show its strength as they rowed together for the first time and nearly won, being caught just at the finish line and having to settle for silver.

The Riverview men were off their pace in Miami and had to settle for silver in their eight. However, the women’s four of Liv Bader, Amanda Kayatt, Jennifer Harris, Caroline van der Poel and Addie Wirth won the Women’s 4+ in the newly christened Elizabeth C. de Manio. A week later at the Boone Invitational, the team rowed well but Winter Park evened the score for the early season loss to Riverview by winning the overall points trophy with 91 points to Riverview’s 82. Boone was third with 68.

At FIRA, the MV4+ kept its unbeaten streak alive and the MV8+ was back on the winning path. Then two weeks later these two boats repeated and won the State Championships in the Fours and the Eights. The crew then traveled to Atlanta for the Southeastern Championships and showed their strength, winning gold in the WJV8+, WJV4+, MV8+, MV4+ and MJV4+, silver in the MJV8+ and bronze in the WV4+. This was good enough for a second place finish in the team points standing.

The season ended with Riverview’s MV8+ traveling to Middletown, Delaware to take its first shot at the Scholastic Rowing Association Championships where they missed qualifying for the finals by losing a close race to Holy Spirit and St. Andrews in the heats. They placed third in the petite finals for ninth over all.

The Riverview Rams reached for the moon next and traveled to England to compete in the Royal Henley Regatta for the Princess Elizabeth Cup.

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In their second year, Riverview High School took second place over all at the Southeastern Regional Championships with a seven medal performance in the seven races entered.


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