DARIEN, Conn. -- Darien rowers brought home several medals for Norwalk River Rowing in a majority of the season's regattas.
Norwalk River Rowing was at the head of the Merrimack on Sept. 29 in Methuen, Mass., at a regatta with 148 entries from 27 clubs from seven states, according to a press release. Norwalk’s youth teams took home six first-place finishes, five second-place finishes and one third, according to the release. Darien resident Taylor Stauffer and Darien resident Alex Sedlack took first place in the varsity double and also helped pull the varsity eight to a second place finish, according to the release.
Norwalk River Rowing "braved the cold and rain" for the Head of the Riverfront on Oct. 6 in Hartford, according to the release. The regatta welcomed more than 3,000 rowers and more than 600 boats, according to the release.
"The youth team came back with the DiscoverRe Cup for its first-place finish in the boys varsity four plus coxswain, along with two silvers and three bronzes in other events," representatives said in the release. "Not to be outdone, the masters team (adults) came back with a gold in the mixed eight plus coxswain. Darien residents Alex Sedlack and Taylor Stauffer were in the varsity four that captured the DiscoverRe Cup and also helped power the first varsity eight to its bronze. Fellow Darien resident Charlie Cragin was in the second varsity 4 that took a silver, and Darien residents Rob Walker and Don Loomis were in the masters mixed eight that won a gold medal."
Norwalk River Rowing also competed at the Head of the Housatonic on Oct. 12 in Shelton, which is "one of the largest single-day head races in the country with approximately 700 boats competing," according to the release. The youth team took two gold medals and a bronze, and the masters had two boats finish fourth, according to the release.
In their latest competition, Norwalk River Rowing headed to Boston for the Head of the Charles, a regatta that brought in more than 9,000 athletes, according to the release.
"Wilton’s top finishing boat was the boys first varsity four, which came in an impressive tenth in a field of 84," representatives wrote in the release. "The girls first varsity four also earned an automatic bid to return next year with a finish of 37 out of a strong field of 85. The masters had five boats entered in the regatta, with the mens veterans (age 60+) single having the strongest finish, 29 out of 51. The boys first varsity four was powered by Darien residents Alex Sedlack and Taylor Stauffer."
The youth team will close out the fall season this weekend at the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia.