Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Head of the Lagoon

Our final big trip of the Fall has finally come and gone with some very positive results.  We have been talking, as a team, a lot about "indicators" as to what our goals are, where we are compared to previous years and where we are compared to other teams this year.  As a young group we are getting progressively better each and every day and when compared to other programs, we have the most significant ability to increase our speed this year given our learning curve.  This will continually be our mission as we build our entire Varsity program on 25 novices from last year and 5 returning Varsity members.  This weekend served as one of these "indicators" where we were able to race Los Gatos again after having lost to their Varsity "A", "B", and "C" boats at Head of the American.  NAC managed to keep up with Los Gatos and match them at a few levels in the Varsity 4's event.  Our lightweight double also entered into the "open" category as we feel it is important to make our racing schedule as challenging as possible this season.  The double placed second to a River City double but more importantly, beat the times of everyone in the lightweight category by over a minute and a half.

Jr. Lightweight

MLt2x Upper Natoma  0:22:36 0:22:36 1 GOLD

MLt2x Stanford RC 'A' 0:23:13 0:23:13 3 SILVER

MLt2x Norcal Crew 'A' - Martin 0:24:49 0:24:49 4

MLt2x Norcal Crew 'B' - Sandhu 0:24:58 0:24:58 5

MLt2x Stanford RC 'B' 0:25:25 0:25:25 6

MLt2x PARC - Low 0:22:40 0:22:40 7 Did not weigh in
Jr. Open Weight

MJr2x RCRC - Green 0:20:02 0:20:02 1 GOLD

MJr2x NAC 0:20:53 0:20:53 2 SILVER

MJr2x Stanford RC 0:20:59 0:20:59 3

MJr2x Pacific RC 0:23:46 0:23:46 4

MJr2x North Bay - Burbank 0:24:34 0:24:34 5

Director's Cup (Varsity 4+)

LGRC 'A' - Cullinan 0:19:08 0:19:08 1 GOLD

NAC 'A' 0:19:19 0:19:19 2 SILVER

NAC 'B' 0:19:44 0:19:44 3 BRONZE

LGRC 'B' - DeSantis 0:19:51 0:19:51 4

Pacific RC  0:20:22 0:20:22 5

NAC 'C' 0:20:26 0:20:26 6

LGRC 'C' - Sturm 0:20:29 0:20:29 7

Serra HS 'A' - Jimenez 0:20:41 0:20:41 8

Serra HS 'B' - Patterson 0:22:51 0:22:51 9

Stockton 'B' - Nakave 0:22:58 0:22:58 10

Stockton 'A' - Graham 0:24:34 0:24:34 11

North Bay - Kunzman 0:24:49 0:24:49 12

Sorry, I Just NARFed

The past two weeks have been full of, for lack of a better word... stuff.  Preparing the team to race at NARF following a weekend in Sacramento (Head of the American) has been a very busy period.  Not only is NARF a fairly large race, we are also in charge of the set-up and breakdown of the entire event.  I can honestly say I am very happy with all of the work everyone dedicated to hosting NARF and aside from a few small setbacks and complications, everything went off better than any previous race in the past.  The boys field was very competitive with conference heavyweights Marin, Long Beach and Marina making the trip down.  Results for the Varsity 8+ listed below:

A 3rd place finish by NAC "A": 14:08.96 (18 Seconds off of first place finisher Marin: 13:50.47)
A 9th place finish by NAC "B": 14:45.15
A 14th place finish by NAC "C": 15:15.13

Marin had a very strong showing in this race putting two even Varsity boats into first and second place and look to set the standard for the year in both the heavy 8+ and the light 8+.  We will be setting our goals for the season to close the gap every day as we push forward into the the late Fall and early Winter.

Similar Results in the Varsity four where we placed second in a time of 16:37.89 to Marin's four (15:59.25).

Nico Beyrooty, our lightweight single sculler, closed the gap on the Long Beach sculler and lost by 10 seconds (one week prior Nico lost by about a minute at Head of the American).

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Head of the American 2010

Over the weekend the Boy's and Girl's Varsity programs traveled to Sacramento to participate in the 2010 Head of the American at Lake Natoma (also the site where our State Championships are held).  The team had to rise early to make the 7 hour trip up the 5 freeway and from about 5:30am - 8:30am the rowers drifted back into a peaceful coma.  A few bad jokes, millions of questions and a couple pit stops later we arrived in Sacramento and set up camp.  The day finished with only a few minor problems and the athletes made their first day of travel relatively successful. 

Saturday brought new challenges logistically as well as on the water with the competition.  Most of the faster crew we will be racing in the Spring were in attendance and we were able to get an early season indicator as to how our training has been going.  Below are the results followed by a short video.  We are looking forward to next week when we are able to host NARF on our home turf!  See you Sunday.

Men's High School 1X (Event 21, 10:30am) - Fielded 9 rowers
Nico Beyrooty placed 3rd  with a time of 21:03.27

Men's High School 8+ (Event 28, 11:15am) - Fielded 28 crews
Newport A(G.Box, T.Russell, N.Zusman,A.Meginnis, R.Taitz, W.Kingsland,C.Johnson, C.Geeher, [M.Delahanty]) placed 2nd with a time of 16:10.97

Newport B (C.Roossin, P.Voegt, C.Kelley, N.Bryant, J.Gentry, J.Bandaruk, T.Zimmerman, A.Tintcheve, [S. Zomaya]) placed 7th with a time of 16:47.03

Newport C Newport C (T.Thagard, C.O'Grady, B.Metzger, B.Johnson, J.Groneidyke, J.Flanigan, A.Kamegawa, J.Boon-Hah, [M. Quackenbush]) placed 14th with a time of 17:21.17

Men's Lightweight 8+ (Event 48, 1:15pm) - Fielded 3 crews
Newport (C.Roossin, C.Johnson, N.Zusman, P.Voegt, B.Johnson, A.Kamegawa, T.Zimmerman, J.Groneidyke, [S.Zomaya]) placed 2nd with a time of 14:43.00

Men's High School 2x (Event 50, 1:30) - Fielded 8 crews
Newport (N.Beyrooty, A.Tintcheve) finished 1st with a time of 19:28.35

Men's High School 4+ (Event 57, 2:15pm) - Fielded 20 crews
Newport A(G.Box, T.Russell, R.Taitz, C.Geehr, [M.Delahanty]) placed 2nd with a time of 18:19.44

Newport B(J.Gentry, A.Meginnis, C.Kelley, W.Kingsland, [C.Rogers]) placed 4th with a time of 19:02.96

NAC Varsity 10-28-10