Crew competes at Regatta

The Carnegie Mellon club rowing team participated in the Head of the Ohio Regatta in Downtown on Saturday. Colleges from all over the country, in addition to local high school students and adults, competed on the Ohio River.

“It was exciting to race along downtown Pittsburgh,” junior Lauren Ruoff said.

It was a celebration of the crew club’s 25th anniversary, and many alumni traveled back to Pittsburgh to support the club and participate in the races.

The men’s lightweight four placed second and took home a silver medal in the event. The team was led by sophomore coxswain Jenna Krug, and consisted of sophomore Sam Winslow, junior Damien Engels, senior Brendan White, and senior Dmitriy Yakubov.

The men’s eight boat, led by junior coxswain Rand Burzese, finished fifth out of 16 boats. Rowers included juniors Luke Diorio-Toth and Joe Guihan, senior Faiz Abbasi, sophomore Bryan Phippps, senior Alex Shie, Yakubov, Winslow, and Engels.

The women’s lightweight four, commanded by junior coxswain Isaac Jones, took third place in the event due to the hard efforts of sophomore Julia Embody, first-year Kelsey Simpson, and juniors Katy Basore and Jinie Haytko.

“The water was really choppy, but I think that was almost a good thing because it made us really focus on rowing with our best form, so that downstream where the water was calmer, we were able to row even better,” junior Karl DeStefano said.

The Tartans’ next race will be the Head of the Occoquan in Sandy Run, Va., on Nov. 3–4.