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Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy rowers earn medals at Head of the Ohio

| Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, 5:06 p.m.
Hailey Fox competes at the Head of the Ohio Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.
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Hailey Fox competes at the Head of the Ohio Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.
Tessa Kimmy (left) and Annika Christensen compete at the Head of the Ohio Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.
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Tessa Kimmy (left) and Annika Christensen compete at the Head of the Ohio Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.
From left, Emma Grubb, Imani Smith, Hannah Hathaway, Hailey Fox and Emily Arnold-Mages (being held) competed at the Head of the Ohio Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.
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From left, Emma Grubb, Imani Smith, Hannah Hathaway, Hailey Fox and Emily Arnold-Mages (being held) competed at the Head of the Ohio Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.
Emma Grubb competes in the Head of the Ohio Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.
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Emma Grubb competes in the Head of the Ohio Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.
Three Rivers Rowing members who competed in the Three Rivers Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, include, in front, from left, Gill Yobbi, Emily Arnold-Mages, Annika Christensen, Maddie Cahall, Mia Tsudis, Sophie Winbush, Haley Fox, Hannah Hathaway, Annie Trainer, Kat Mico, Angie Mico, Camille Arnold-mages, Anna Farnan; in middle, Kyle DiPofi, Hayden Autkowski, Henry Campsie, Eli Loewy, Luca Stasa, Cole Hathaway, Heather Hathaway, Abbi Altman, Ben Farnan, Shannon Melton, Emma Grubb, Jenna Kindelberger, Ellie Fetting, Imani Smith, Grace Waldee, Kennedi Wade, Elena Hochheiser, Emily, King, Alana Garrity, Maggie Woodwell, Liz Woodwell, Andrew Novak; in back, James Walton, Garrett Stocker, Ryan Jackson, Drew Allen, Nathaniel Walko, Wyatt Hathaway, Tori Travato, Tessa Kimmy, Maya Frizzell, Clare Grubb, Julia Casey, Aly Kindelberger, Julia Johnson and Catherine Johnson.
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Three Rivers Rowing members who competed in the Three Rivers Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, include, in front, from left, Gill Yobbi, Emily Arnold-Mages, Annika Christensen, Maddie Cahall, Mia Tsudis, Sophie Winbush, Haley Fox, Hannah Hathaway, Annie Trainer, Kat Mico, Angie Mico, Camille Arnold-mages, Anna Farnan; in middle, Kyle DiPofi, Hayden Autkowski, Henry Campsie, Eli Loewy, Luca Stasa, Cole Hathaway, Heather Hathaway, Abbi Altman, Ben Farnan, Shannon Melton, Emma Grubb, Jenna Kindelberger, Ellie Fetting, Imani Smith, Grace Waldee, Kennedi Wade, Elena Hochheiser, Emily, King, Alana Garrity, Maggie Woodwell, Liz Woodwell, Andrew Novak; in back, James Walton, Garrett Stocker, Ryan Jackson, Drew Allen, Nathaniel Walko, Wyatt Hathaway, Tori Travato, Tessa Kimmy, Maya Frizzell, Clare Grubb, Julia Casey, Aly Kindelberger, Julia Johnson and Catherine Johnson.

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.

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