By Stefanie Sadocha
OBHS students Miriam Coor and Giselle Grassi placed tenth at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA. After being selected by Sagamore Rowing Association to attend the regatta, Coor, a junior, and Grassi, a senior, placed in the top twenty five percent of Women’s Youth Doubles across the country.
The Head of the Charles Regatta is one of the largest and most competitive regattas, taking place each October. Over 10,000 rowers attend this annual regatta, and Sagamore Rowing Association only sends a few rowers each year.
Rowers enjoy this regatta, specifically, due to the diverse level of rowers who attend. Athletes of all levels, including club, college and alumni, come together to share their love of rowing. Additionally, the Charles River is one of the nicest regatta venues across the country.
Coor and Grassi were ecstatic to travel to Boston to compete in a Women’s Youth Double. With a time of 19:59.953, Coor and Grassi finished tenth out of forty six other boats in their division.
The rowers have a strong bond, which enables them to work together and continuously improve their racing times. The athletes trained for many weeks before traveling to Boston, and both are proud of their performance.
Coor shares, “Having trust with your teammate is very important in big races like the Head of the Charles, and Giselle and I have built that trust in the past few weeks.”
In the past, Grassi has raced at the US Rowing Youth Nationals and the New York State Rowing Championship, where she earned the title of State Champion. Grassi is excited for her rowing future and hopes to row at the collegiate level.
Coor has been rowing since her freshman year and has competed in numerous regattas across the country, including the New York State Championships in which she placed first in her Novice 8+ boat. Miriam “cannot imagine life without crew” and hopes to continue the sport in college.
Congratulations, Miriam and Giselle!
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