Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy rowers earn medals at Head of the Ohio
Quaker Valley senior Anna Farnan is off to a perfect start as a member of the Three Rivers Junior Rowing team on Washington's Landing.
Farnan, 17, of Leet took first place in both the women's youth pair and double events at the Head of the Ohio Regatta hosted by Three Rivers Rowing on the Allegheny River on Sunday.
“I raced with very little rest time (in) between,” she said.
“I couldn't have done it without everyone else in the boat.”
Farnan and Pine-Richland senior Abbi Altman sculled the 4,400-meter course in 16 minutes, 25.870 seconds.
In sweep pair, they won in 17:42.180.
“Anna is a great boat mover,” Three Rivers Junior Rowing coach Steve McCarthy said.
Farnan said she believes, though, there is room for improvement.
She said the two races gave her “something to work off of so I can get faster throughout the season.”
Quaker Valley junior Tessa Kimmy and Sewickley Academy senior Mia Tsudis earned silver and bronze medals in the same two events.
Kimmy was second in doubles and third in pairs, and Tsudis finished in reverse order in the two.
“My pair partner (Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School junior Maya Frizzell) and I only had a few practices together,” said Kimmy, 16, of Bell Acres. “We learned a lot about how to row more efficiently in a head wind, and push through our personal exhaustion to row faster and stronger.”
Sewickley Academy senior Hailey Fox and Quaker Valley freshman Emma Grubb earned silver medals as part of a coxed four and bronze in an eight.
“These races were super important to prepare us for upcoming (events),” said Fox, 17, of Sewickley.
Grubb, 15, of Leet said, by competing, she improved her stroke and stamina.
Grubb hopes to enter the Head of the Charles in Boston — the ultimate two-day-regatta — later this month.
Quaker Valley juniors Annika Christensen (silver) and Claire Grubb (bronze) also captured medals in eights.
“(Head of the Ohio) is a big race for us,” said Christensen, 16, of Bell Acres.
“We finally get an idea of our individual standings, as well as that of our whole team.”
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.