Rowers may be kidsters, but they’re serious about national championship

June 19, 2012


The Men’s Lightweight Eight, rowing in the water at Melton Hill Lake in Tennessee, include coxswain Gina Day, Sam Goertz, Matt Essig, Brennan Lewis, Johannes Gees, Andrew Wisegarver, Sean Allen, Max Antono and Ben Yuse. They took eighth at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships on June 10. Contributed by Sammamish Rowing Association

Listening to a group of local sophomore boys discuss packing an Xbox into their carry-on, you probably wouldn’t guess they were about to hop a plane for the Junior National Rowing Championships. But that is exactly where several local rowers were headed June 5.

“I’m feeling bouncy,” Sam Goertz said. “I’m just excited.”

The sophomore at Issaquah High School belongs to the Sammamish Rowing Association and occupies the stroke seat on the Men’s Lightweight Eight team, which was among the association’s four junior crews that competed June 8-10 at the Junior National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Also competing in Tennessee were Karina Yalcin, a junior at Issaquah High, and Ellie Place, a 2011 graduate of Issaquah High, who both row as members of the Women’s Varsity Eight team.

Goertz and his team members gladly admit they like to joke around, but when crunch time comes, they said, the team pulls it together. Read more

Issaquah Triathlon returns June 4

May 31, 2011

For many athletes, the triathlon season begins with the Issaquah Triathlon. This year’s Issaquah Triathlon is June 4 and is again held at Lake Sammamish State Park.

More than 1,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 11th annual event. The Issaquah Triathlon actually includes a variety of races.

The first race, the sprint triathlon, starts at 7 a.m. The sprint triathlon appeals to veteran triathletes, as well as novices.

The sprint triathlon course consists of a quarter-mile swim, a 15-mile bicycle ride and a 3-mile run.

The sprint duathlon consists of a 15-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run.

Among the other events are the 5K and 10K runs, and the kids’ triathlon. The kids’ triathlon is broken down into two groups, ages 10-13 and 9 and under.

Call 206-914-4846 or go to www.issaquahtri.com.

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Local rowers compete at at national championships

June 29, 2010

Jack Eldet, of Skyline High School, and Jonathan Carrigan and Maggie Yuse, of Eastlake High School, (from left) each participated at the national youth rowing regatta in Ohio. By Christopher Huber

While preparing to compete in the national youth rowing regatta in early June, members of the Sammamish Rowing Association had to show up to practice wearing heavy coats and layers of long-sleeved shirts. The idea was to get their bodies used to rowing in the hot, muggy climate in Ohio.

One time, Jonathan Carrigan, of Sammamish, nearly got sick after a workout.

“Heat training was miserable,” he said.

But it was all worth it, as the rowing association sent four boats, with 31 athletes, to the U.S. Rowing Youth National championships June 11-13 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Six of them are from Sammamish and another three go to Issaquah High School. The athletes competed with 163 other rowing clubs from 29 states, according to Regatta Central, a national rowing-event website.

Rowing as one

The 31 youth rowers made up the largest group from any single rowing club in the country, according to the association.

Erin Antono, a Sammamish resident and junior at the International Community School, and Issaquah High’s Ellie Place and Margaret Misner helped the women’s youth eight boat finish sixth in the nation, coming in at 6 minutes, 44.10 seconds on the 2,000-meter course.

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Lakeside takes doubleheader from Bellevue Legion

June 22, 2010

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team capped a busy week June 19, when it swept a doubleheader from the Bellevue Legion team at Bannerwood Park.

Lakeside won the opener 3-1 and captured the second game 6-2.

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In the opener, Spencer Rogers, of Issaquah, ripped a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning as Lakeside came from behind to win the game.

Conner Lawhead, of Skyline, was the winning pitcher in the first game. He scattered seven hits in pitching a complete game. Lawhead boosted his season record to 2-0.

In the second game, Lakeside scored five times in the fourth inning to beat Bellevue Legion. Rogers, the starting pitcher, worked the first four innings and picked up his second victory. Adrian Sampson, of Skyline, pitched the fifth and sixth innings for Lakeside. Jarod Fisher, of Newport, relieved Sampson in the seventh to finish the game for Lakeside.

Brandon Mahovlich, of Issaquah, had two hits for Lakeside. Reid Dilley, of Newport, had a two-run triple in the fourth inning.

The two victories raised Lakeside’s record to 7-8. The club travels to San Diego, Calif., this week for the Best of the West Tournament.

Lakeside split a doubleheader June 18 with Honda of Bellevue. Honda won the first game 3-2, but Lakeside took the second game 10-7.

In the opener, Honda scored three times in the top of the fourth inning to overcome a two-run Lakeside lead. Victor King, a Newport High graduate, singled in both Lakeside runs in the third inning.

Honda pitcher Nori Shimizu held Lakeside to three hits in the first game. King had two of the hits. Mike Paulson, of Issaquah, had the other hit. Read more

Western Washington University rowing champ maps her future

August 18, 2009

Hilary Gastwirth (sunglasses), a Liberty High School graduate rowing with Western Washington University, practices with teammates (from left) Hannah Gallagher, Siri Carlson and Carson Macpherson-Krutsky. By Western Washington University

Hilary Gastwirth (sunglasses), a Liberty High School graduate rowing with Western Washington University, practices with teammates (from left) Hannah Gallagher, Siri Carlson and Carson Macpherson-Krutsky. By Western Washington University

“Once a rower, always a rower,” NCAA Division II champion Hilary Gastwirth says when asked about her future.

At 22, Gastwirth possesses more experience than most of her peers, taking pride and ownership in winning three individual NCAA titles and was a member of the four-time NCAA II championship team.

It all began when she was 15. One day, she accompanied her mom to watch her cousin Casey Clingan compete on Lake Washington with the University of Washington crew team. During the competition, her uncle, Wes Clingan, a member of the 1972 and 1973 championship UW row teams, turned to her and said that she had the right build for the sport and should consider looking into it.

One call to the Sammamish Rowing Association was all she needed. She bid farewell to middle school basketball and never looked back. Read more

Liberty High School teen among region’s top rowers

June 9, 2009

Alanah Bell, of Newcastle, a sophomore at Liberty High School, and Ellie Place, a student at Issaquah’s Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, compete at last month’s Cascade Springs Regatta on Lake Stevens.Contributed

Alanah Bell, of Newcastle, a sophomore at Liberty High School, and Ellie Place, a student at Issaquah’s Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, compete at last month’s Cascade Springs Regatta on Lake Stevens. Contributed

A solid work ethic is paying dividends for Alanah Bell. The sophomore, who lives in Newcastle and attends Liberty High School, can be found practicing rowing three hours a day, every weekday on Lake Sammamish. For the past 11 months, she’s been competing for the Sammamish Rowing Association.  

Last month, she won the Cascade Springs Regatta on Lake Stevens women’s junior novice double event with Ellie Place, a student at the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus in Issaquah. In March, Bell was a member of the winning women’s junior varsity eight race at the Green Lake Spring Regatta.

Last summer, she had planned to turn out for volleyball until a friend suggested she give rowing a try. 

“I like pushing myself to the extent of my physical limits,” she said. “It also makes you feel good about yourself afterward.” Read more