Monday, November 14, 2011

Hatters earn six gold medals at Augusta

Augusta, Ga. - The Stetson Rowing team dominated the Head of the South Regatta on a frosty Saturday morning.
The entire team, led by assistant coach Jen Jones, demonstrated great determination, and finished the fall season by cleaning-up with six gold medals.
The Hatters dominated competitors from schools such as Clemson, Georgia, the College of Charleston , Virginia Tech, Liberty and other southern universities. Racing at the regatta lasted throughout the day.
Stetson took gold medals by captain Bill Brady and senior Gary Marra in the men's pair. That duo also raced again in the men's four with Mike Siegrist, senior Taylor Hetherington and coxswain Erin Lee.
Seniors Christy Ruane and Shay Martin swept the women's pair competition with a thirty second spread on the field.
In the lightweight category, Stetson fielded a teams of four and eight led by seniors Caitlin Burke, Christina Kapusta and Jacqueline Hobert along with teammates Caitlin Mooney, Pricilla White, Cathleen Vogelgesang, Amanda Ponce, Callie Peacock, and coxswain Kerry Burke. The Hatters won gold in both events.
The novice women also had a strong row their eight. It was their first appearance at the Head of the South and they also won gold.
Parents and friends gathered to support the team and celebrated success. This regatta concluded Stetson's fall season. The team looks forward to continued success in the spring, beginning at the Stetson Sprints Mayor's Cup, FIRA, SIRA, the Dad Vail Regatta and the IRAs.

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