Local rowers compete in regatta on Charles River

Four members of the Lake Stevens Rowing Club took part in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta on Oct. 20-21 in Boston.

Greg Williams and Wayne Matheny, competing in the senior masters division, placed 26th out of 32 competitors in men’s doubles (50-plus). They incurred a 10-second penalty and finished with an adjusted time of 21 minutes, 23.735 seconds.

“(Williams and Matheny) would have finished much further up the ranks if not for the penalty,” the rowing club’s communications liaison, Terri Potebnya, said.

Wendy Clark, who has been rowing for just 11/2 years, finished 20th out of 21 entries in the women’s masters single event with a time of 26:04.077.

Fleming Brainerd, who also serves as LSRC’s master’s and junior-varsity boys coach, placed 46th out of 56 competitors in the senior master singles men (40 plus) with a time of 21:47.481.

The Head of the Charles Regatta, billed as the world’s largest two-day rowing event, was first held Oct. 16, 1965. This year, more than 7,500 athletes from around the world competed in the regatta, which drew approximately 300,000 spectators, organizers said.

Volleyball

Snohomish freshmen go undefeated: The Snohomish High School freshman volleyball team completed an undefeated regular season Thursday. The Panthers dropped just one game in their 14-match schedule.

The Panthers, who lost three players to the junior-varsity squad at the beginning of the season, competed against freshman squads from other Western Conference schools.

“Our hitters and middles all averaged about four or five kills each per game,” Snohomish head coach David Ballinger said. “The defensive specialists kept our setters busy. Our serving was at or above 90 percent every game.”

The Snohomish freshmen also won a 16-team tournament held at Mariner and placed second in a 10-team tournament hosted by Lake Stevens.

Setter Shelby Short was the team captain. Joining her on the roster were setter Kellie Delisle, outside hitters Megan Rice, Olivia VanDlac and Jennifer Hoang, defensive specialists Whitney Johnson, Breanna Swift and Alexa Dennis, and middle hitters Kendra Vuori, Becca Smith and Katie Kunda.

Gymnastics

Leading Edge wins first meet: The gymnasts of Everett’s Leading Edge Academy opened their season with a win Oct. 13 at the Hot Air Classic in Bellingham.

Sarah Kaye of Lake Stevens had the highest overall Level-5 score, winning the 11-year-old division with 37.225 points after placing first on the beam (9.375) and vault (9.3). Brooke Allen (36.675) of Mill Creek finished second and Alexandra Carney (34.8) of Everett came in third.

Ashley Albrecht of Everett placed first in the 9-year-old division with 36.475 points. In the 12-year-old division, Anna Mancao of Everett came in first with 36.6 points and Jennifer Erickson of Snohomish took second (34.85).

Danielle Wilson of Marysville finished with 36.725 points, the highest overall score in Level 7, after winning the beam (9.15).

In Level 6, Thalisa Orn of Everett placed first in the 10-and-under division with 35.325 points, followed by Kasandra Numair of Everett who was second (35.0). Anna Pischer of Mill Creek was first in the 11-year-old division with 35.20 points, Jillian Ohlemeier of Stanwood was second (34.625) and Olga Yevsyugov of Everett third (34.20).

Kaylee Piper of Everett won the 11-and-up division of level 4 with a final score of 35.775, and Laura Bennison of Lake Stevens finished second in the 10-year-old division with 35.65 points.

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