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Our goal of spreading rowing into the various high schools took a major step in that direction this year. A Pine View four competed as SSYRP all year with the intention of racing in State Scholastics as Pine View for the first time. This did not happen without a struggle as there was a great deal of opposition to the idea of Pine View fielding sports teams. However, after much perseverance, Ben Hale, David Tomkins, Shane Keane, Austin Shoemaker and David Wyant were able to compete as Pine View and the result was impressive. It was clear that this was a potentially hot boat with some serious speed and as the season unfolded we appeared to only get stronger, looking forward to when they would race in their blue and gold.

It was exciting to realize that the Riverview Crew that had started ten years earlier and which had established a strong reputation by winning nine Florida State Varsity Championships now had a potentially strong local rival that would provide a focus for local interest for years to come. Although we had created fledgling crews at Cardinal Mooney, Sarasota and Venice, none of them had ever been able to generate much momentum, not even with the brilliant performances of Kevin O’Neil and Rob Woelfel who won the Scholastic Rowing Association Championships in the pair for Cardinal Mooney nor Dan Newman, Bill Plifka, Paul Semian, Trevor Melderis and Bree McNichol who won the Florida State Championship in the Fours for Sarasota High.

In the fall, an old friend of Peter’s, Detlef Krieman, brought a youth crew over from Germany to compete in the Head of the Hooch. Their girls won the gold - the German boys eight won the silver behind McCallie. The German Youth team then came to Sarasota where they trained with us for a week and also raced in the Race Between The Bridges in which they demonstrated once again their beautiful blade work accompanied with good power application.

The spring started off at Stanton again where the team nearly matched its eight gold medal performance. This year it was seven gold medals and one silver medal and the crew won the over all team points’ trophy for the second consecutive year. The OARS Invitational was rowed on a course shortened to 1000 meters due to lack of rain fall. There was lots of fast short racing that resulted in 3 gold and 2 silver medals. Gainesville and Hood Cup also produced heavy medal caches for the crew and it was now clear that the Pine View Four, still racing as SSYRP, did indeed have the speed that we suspected at the beginning of the season. Dinko gave us an edge at Gainesville by taking on the role of assistant coach.

The Pine View 4+ rowing as SSYRP, as they had all season, won the Youth Championship held in Miami by a boat length over Winter Park to qualify for Cincinnati. Then two weeks later the same four raced for the first time ever as Pine View in the State Scholastic Championships in Tampa where they unveiled their own unisuit design. This time the won easily by open water and it was clear that they were going to Cincinnati. The girls four also won the Youth Championships and qualified for Cincinnati. Cincinnati is tough, no doubt about it, and although the girls gave it a good run, they would have to settle for winning the petites and a 7th place finish overall. The boys, although entered as SSYRP, raced in their new Pine View Uniforms and blade designs. They placed 3rd in their heat and then won their repechage in the afternoon to qualify for the finals on Sunday. The boys gave it a game effort but had to settle for 4th a little over a length behind Canisius for the best finish ever in the Nationals by one of our crews.


The Pine View crew of David Tomkins and Austin Shoemaker (seated), Shane Keane (bending over), Ben Hale (with the tiger hair) and David Wyant (partially obscured behind Shane Keane) won the Florida State Scholastic and Florida State Youth Championships and then placed 4th in Cincinnati in the Youth Invitational.

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