Old Dominion Boat Club Rowers Finish Season Near the Top

The men and women of the Old Dominion Boat Club (ODBC) Select Crew team wrapped up the 2012 fall rowing season this past weekend with appearances at two of the premier races in the area and the nation: the Head of the Occoquan Regatta just south of Washington, D.C., and the Head of the Hooch Regatta in Chattanooga, Tenn.

At the Head of the Occoquan, the ODBC Women's Junior 8 "A" boat turned in another strong performance, coming in fourth out of 27 boats with a time of 18:17.40, which was just 18 seconds behind TBC Racing, which finished in first place. Members of the Junior 8 "A" boat include coxswain Rosa Procaccino and rowers Gabriella Salcedo, Rachael Vannatta, Nadia Magallon, Katie Pickup, Rebecca Gehring, Caroline Olsson, Maeve Bradley and Kate Arnold.

Also contributing to the ODBC effort this past weekend and throughout the fall rowing season were the members of the ODBC Women's Junior 8 "B" boat, including coxswain Kathrina Policarpio and rowers Kyra McClary, Claire Embrey, Allyson Emblom, Jazmin Calderon, Natasha Magallon, Taylor Sanders, Maura Nakahata and Roxet Romero. The ODBC Women were guided this season by Head Coach Steve Weir and Assistant Coach Pat Marquardt.

At the Head of the Hooch, the ODBC Men came away with two top 10 finishes against a large and very challenging field. The Men's Junior 4 - with Mark Comey at Coxswain and Madison Weitekamp, Greg Montenegro, Chris Porter and Carter Weitekamp manning the oars - came in ninth out of 75 boats in their race, finishing with a time of 17:13.4, less than 30 seconds behind winner Miami Rowing Club.

The ODBC Men's Youth 2 - with oarsmen Madison Weitekamp and Greg Montenegro powering the craft - also had a strong showing in Chattanooga, coming in seventh place out of 28 boats with a time of 19:36.6, just over 60 seconds behind the boat from the St. Louis Rowing Club, which came in first.

Also making a strong contribution for the ODBC Men this past weekend and throughout the season were Jason Filios, Dru Hodges, Ripley Carroll, Chris Dobson and Ray Rhatican, who rowed in the Men's Junior 8 and helped power the boat in some very competitive races this fall.

The ODBC Men were guided this fall by Head Coach Jaime Rubini and Assistant Coach Lexye Hearding.

ODBC Select Crew is sponsored by the Alexandria Crew Boosters in conjunction with the Old Dominion Boat Club. Rowers this fall were drawn from such schools as T.C. Williams, West Potomac, Georgetown Visitation and McLean.