SBHS rowing teams compete on open water in Boston.

SBHS Captures Two Titles in Boston

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Thursday December 01, 2016

The South Burlington High School (SBHS) rowing team traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to compete in the Northeast Regional Open Water Rowing Championships November 19. The competition features the region’s best youth open-water rowers from Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Vermont. For the second consecutive year, an SBHS boat captured the Sprint Championship with the lowest combined time in the heats when their 6-oar boat “B” raced to victory with rowers Anna Oblak, Avery Obeng, Jack Zuccarino, Oliver Bugbee, Seth Bendoski, and Tiki Brown. Later in the competition, SBHS 6-oar boat “B,” which was undefeated throughout the day, also captured the Mid-Distance Championship.

The SBHS Rowing Team, racing in Champlain Long Boats, practices two days a week on Lake Champlain in the spring and fall sport seasons. Competitions in Vermont are crowned by the culmination of the season with the Northeast Regional Rowing Championship (known informally as “The Icebreaker”) in Boston.

One difference between open water rowing and traditional crew scull rowing is the coxswain on an open water boat must maneuver around buoys and conduct 180 degree turns, while avoiding other boats. Additionally, most scull rowing takes place on protected courses under ideal, flat-water conditions. In contrast, an open-water crew rows across an open and unprotected body of water, experiencing the varied and changing conditions of the environment.

The parents of the winning rowers all congratulated the team and gave thanks to coaches Chuck Soule and Nini Anger for their “technical expertise, leadership, and selfless devotion of time.”