Parent Letter 5-15-17 Midwest Recap & remainder of the season

May 15, 2017


Good afternoon parents,


Midwest recap:  We had a great weekend in Zanesville.  The water was almost perfect (cross head wind isn’t fun to race in).  We had 7 boats race in the finals which is the most ever for our team.  We took bronze in the Women’s Junior Quad (Alia, Victoria, Jenean, and Hadil) and in the Men’s Junior Quad (Jordon, Kristian, Moe-Ali, and Tom).  The Men’s Varsity Pair (Reese and Nathan) and the Men’s Lightweight Double (Moe-Ali and Tom) missed a bronze in their finals by less than a second!  The Men’s Novice Four missed Semi Finals by 5.19 seconds and the Men’s Light Four Missed Semi Finals by 5.69 seconds.  The Men’s Novice Lightweight Four beat Ann Arbor Skyline.  For being a small team we finished 19th of 42 teams in the overall points trophy.  We have a very competitive team and our kids performed well at our regional regatta.  Of the 31 kids that went to Midwest this weekend we are only losing 6 to graduation.  I expect an even better showing next year!


I want to extend a giant thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Puhl, Mr. and Mrs. Maktari, Mrs. Helton, Mr. and Mrs. Horton, Mrs. Coulter, Mrs. Manassra and Mr. Gimik who drove our kids to and from the regatta and fed our kids this weekend.  Mrs. Stamps and Mr. Badawi also made the trek to Ohio to cheer our kids on as did many brothers and sisters.  Coach Chris wasn’t the only coach to have his mom there.  Coach Jeff’s mom, Mrs. Lee came to Midwest too.  Please forgive me if I missed anyone.  I’m pretty tired.


Midwest is the last race of the year with the novice category.  For the rest of the season age determines junior.  The rule is if you did NOT turn 16 by January 1, 2017, you are a junior.  Lightweight also changes.  For the Men it is 72kg (158lbs) and 66kg (145lbs) and for the Women it is 63kg (138.8lbs) and 59kg (130lbs).  Juniors can race in the senior events, but seniors cannot race in the junior events.  Lightweights can race in midweight and open events, but heavy weights and mid weights can’t race down.


State Championship (Saturday May 20th  Grand Rapids, MI): This is a select crew regatta for our team because there are no novice events, no quads, no B entries, and it still follows the 11th grade rule, not the age rule, and American lightweight rules.  However, there is a Freshman four.  This is a race that ONLY exists at the regatta.  Based on 2k results at practice today, we will try to see which events fit us the best.  We have until 5PM tomorrow to have our entries in.  I will let you know what is racing tomorrow.   Rowers not racing at States will have practice on Saturday morning from 8-11am.


Welland Regatta (Saturday May 20th and May 21st Welland, Ontario):  This is a select crew regatta.  Last year was the first time we attended this regatta.   This race favors the Canadian Junior category.  The tentative plan is to leave Friday 7am from the Wyandotte Boat Club. The rules will allow for us to race both Saturday and Sunday.  We will be staying at the dorms at Niagara College.


WOSS Regatta (Saturday May 27th London, ON): The entire team will race at this regatta. We will be taking a school bus!  In order to travel to Canada, all rowers will need one of the following two options:

  • Option#1: Passport or State of Michigan enhanced ID
  • Option#2: School ID & Birth certificate


CSSRA Regatta (Friday 2nd, 3rd, & 4th St. Catharines, ON):  This is a select crew regatta.  We will have a determination on which crews we will be taking by tomorrow.  This regatta is NOT a budgeted race because not everyone goes so there will be a fee accessed for this race.   The fee is normally around $150 and doesn’t include food.


PICTURE DAY IS TODAY at practice!  Link to picture day order form:


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If you have any questions please contact me,


Mr. Milewski



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