Six medals for Central Crew at annual George Dirth Memorial Regatta

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A strong showing for Central Crew Club in the NH Championship Regatta. Pictured: The NH Champs medalists for Central Crew. Courtesy Photo

MANCHESTER, NH — Thirty five rowing teams competed at 31st Annual New Hampshire Championships George Dirth Memorial Regatta on October 13, 2019 at Memorial Park in Pembroke, NH. Hosted by Amoskeag Rowing Club, it is the largest New England rowing event north of Boston. The course is 3 miles starting south of Concord in Pembroke down to Bow.

A mix of rowers from Central, Pinkerton, Trinity and Concord High Schools, Central Crew Club had a strong presence finishing the day with 6 medals: 2 golds, 1 silver and 3 bronze. Three medals were earned in singles. Nick Demetriou, a newcomer to Central Crew this season, earned a second-place win. Lydia Duhaime and Mary McCarthy were the brave women to row a single. In Lydia’s third race rowing solo, she beat the competition for a first-place win. Mary, also new to Central Crew, followed her a mere 13 seconds away for a bronze. Gabrielle Bannister and Ana DiBurro soon came down the river in a double and rowed their way to Central’s second gold medal.

31st Annual NH Championships George Dirth Memorial Regatta. Courtesy Photo

The afternoon of racing quad boats did not disappoint. Jimmy Small, Barrett O’Neil, Spencer Bergeron, and Nick Demetriou fought for a third-place win. Likewise one of the girls quads, rowed by Shannon Earnshaw, Sophia Fonseca, Allison Hermann and Lauren Barry had a strong finish for bronze.

Two of these boats, the boys quad and the girls double, will be competing amongst the best rowers in the world this weekend at the Head Of The Charles Regatta in Boston. Best of luck to both boats!

The fall season is wrapping up for Central Crew which means, for kids who are not playing another sport, winter training will start in preparation for spring season. Anyone from Central or surrounding schools interested in trying crew is welcome to join us. See our webpage for contact information. Go Central Crew!