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RIVERVIEW CREW   (1993 - 1994) Next >>

Riverviewís Womenís V4+, Lauren Boudreaux, Katrin Haertel, Stefanie Sobotka, Amanda Kyatt and Katie Durkin traveled to Camden, N.J. and won the Scholastic Rowing Association Championship (referred to as the Scholastic Nationals), defeating Governor Simcoe, a much older and more experienced crew from Canada that had just won the Stotesbury Regatta the week before. The Canadian boat had three fifth year seniors while we rowed with a junior, two sophomores and a freshman with a sophomore coxswain.

The Menís crew placed Bill Plifka and Grant Earl on the Junior National team that represented the US in Munich, Germany. Billís 4+ placed 5th in the Junior Worlds. Grant rowed in the pair with Cameron Gridley from Winter Park and placed 13th.

In the fall head races, the womenís four won the high school medal at the Charles and the menís four placed third among the high schools. A week later at the Schuylkill, the womenís four won again and the menís four placed second behind the Naval Academy. The fall season ended with a great performance at the Hooch where Riverview won gold in both the Womenís and Menís Varsity Eights.

The spring season got off to a rocket of a start when Riverview won the points trophy for the third year in a row in the Erg Sprints at FIT.

Riverview knew it was going to be a strong year at the Mayorís Cup where the club won five gold, two silver medals and a bronze medal competing against 15 other clubs. The menís 8+ crushed perennial powerhouse Winter Park by two boat lengths and the womenís 4+ dominated their race with a 13 second margin of victory.

At the Presidentís Cup the crew continued in its tradition of challenging the collegiate crews. The girls 4+, the only high school entry, won its heat and took fourth in the finals against Yale, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rollins, Jacksonville, Miami, Florida, FIT and seven other collegiate crews.

Then the club dominated at Miami, Sarasota Sprints, FIRA and Boone Invitational. At the Governorís Cup, the womenís four petitioned to be permitted to race against the colleges only to have their request denied. However, they were allowed to race as an exhibition entry and won. Then they stood by amused as the gold medal was awarded to the second place finisher.

At the State Championships, the varsity crews nearly pulled of a clean sweep of the four heavyweight sweep events, winning the MV8+, WV8+ and WV4+. The Menís V4+ had to settle for second behind Winter Park.

The team finished its third regular season by sweeping the Southeastern Championships in Atlanta, entering nine boats in eight events and winning eight gold medals in the MV8+, MV4+, MJV8+, MJV4+, WV8+, WV4+, WJV8+ and WJV4+ and then adding a bronze medal with their ďBĒ entry in the MJV4+.


1994 Scholastic Rowing Association Champions in the Womens Four Oared Shell with Coxswain. Riverview High School with Katie Durkin, Amanda Kayatt, Stefanie Sobotka, Katrin Haertel and Lauren Boudreaux.


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