Brunswick School’s Varsity Eight garnered gold medals at the ultra-competitive 76th annual New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) Championship Regatta, recently.
The victory, a first-ever New England title in rowing for the School, capped off an undefeated season for the Bruins’ First Varsity Eight boat.
Despite a somewhat shaky start to their race, the Bruins were able to lead wire-to-wire and win by 2.5 seconds over Phillips Exeter Exeter Academy with then two more seconds back to Kent in third.
Over the course of the spring 2022 season, Brunswick’s First Varsity Eight, led by first-year head coach John Martin, won all of their races posting a perfect 15-0 regular season record and took home a lot of championship hardware.
They won the Service Cup (at Lawrenceville), the Richard Curtis Trophy (Salisbury), the Kulaga Cup (Fairfield Prep), the Charbonnier Plate (Kent Invitational formerly the CT Championships), and the Frederick H. Sill Trophy (NEIRA Championships). The crew has earned the opportunity to travel to England this summer to race at the famed Henley Royal Regatta, which is scheduled to take place June 28-July 3.
Brunswick’s outstanding, championship First Varsity Eight boat is comprised of coxswain Max Konzerowsky, stroke Peter Kapp (captain), Henry Andren, Jimmy Cabot, Ruffin Bryant, Campbell Officer, John Dunn, Ben Packer (captain), and bow Sam Subramaniam.
Brunswick’s Second Varsity Eight, which is led by four seniors, were not to be overshadowed and earned silver medals at the 76th annual New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) Championship Regatta.
In their race, Brunswick and Phillips Exeter pulled away from the field by open water, but Brunswick came up just under half a boat length short. The second-place finish was the first-ever NEIRA medal for a Brunswick Second Varsity Eight in the School’s 20 years of racing at this regatta.
The Bruins’ Second Varsity Eight boat included: coxswain Teddy Elmlinger, stroke Jamie Gibbons (captain), Robert Jacobson, Colin Devine, Theo Evans, Scott Raissis, Reed Eddy, Kiran Marsh and Jake Murphy.
Inspired by the successes of their teammates, Brunswick’s Third Varsity Eight also placed second. The medals were the first for a Brunswick Third Varsity Eight since the 2007 season. The success of the young BruinsThird Eight meant all 27 boys in the varsity boats came home with medals, another first for the school’s successful rowing program.
The Third Varsity Eight boat included: coxswain Lucas Tan, stroke Eric Lorenz, Jack McEntire, Henry Roth, Wolf Hill, David Chavarria, Tomas Jasson, Henry Putnam, and bow Magnus O’Reilly.
In earlier regular season events, Brunswick displayed its determination and skill in well-earned wins against vs. Phillips Academy (Andover) and Hanover High School on the Merrimack River in Methuen, Mass.
Brunswick’s Varsity Eight led right from the start and were able to pull away to win by multiple boat lengths.
In the Second Varsity Eight race, Brunswick also emerged victorious. Andover and Hanover were essentially level with the Bruins for the first third of the race, before the Bruins were able to come through and win by a bit of open water.