(Submitted by the Friends of Brookline Rowing)
The Brookline High rowing team’s strong showing at the Nationals was marred only by an equipment failure that washed out the medal hopes of the returning girls’ lightweight double scullers this past weekend.
The boys’ team of Jack Ruske and Ari Zimmet placed fourth in the nation after three days of competition among more than 1,500 rowers in the 2011 USRowing Youth National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Ruske and Zimmet finished first in the semifinal on Melton Hill Lake, with a time of 7:21.24, defeating both Saratoga and the Oakland Strokes. But those teams turned the tables in the final race, placing ahead of fourth-place Brookline and behind first-place Bromfield.
Juniors Beth Kazimer and Lena Randle were in a similar position competing in a double last year, when they finished fourth at the championships in Ohio. Kazimer and Randle trained hard all year with their sights set on this year’s nationals. They had the second best time among the lightweight doubles in this year’s first heat and then in the semifinals, when they finished just two seconds behind CRI, a rival team that also trains on the Charles River.
In the final, Kazimer and Randle were within reach of a national championship more than two-thirds into the last race. They were ahead of CRI and the rest of the field when an oarlock suddenly failed. The malfunction combined with their momentum resulted in a capsized boat, and their dream was postponed for another year.
The boys' lightweight eight also competed well, finishing 16th in the nation. The crew consisted of Sam Shapiro, Adam Rintell, Masuzyo Mhango, Alex Meyer, Dan Meyer, Colby Ko, Cody Tipton, Jake Wolf-Sorokin, and Eden Zik racing.
Meanwhile, Brookline Rowing finished in medal position in six sprints during the Massachusetts Public High School Rowing Association championships in May.
Rowing in crews of eight plus coxswain, the third varsity girls and second varsity boys took home silver medals.
Finishing with bronze medals were four Brookline crews, the first varsity boys, second varsity girls, and first- and second-novice girls.