Friday, July 23, 2010

Valley rowing wins gold

BUFFALO — On Thursday, the Hudson Valley men’s open rowing team picked up a silver medal. On Friday, they did themselves one better.

The men’s four , consisting of Poughkeepsie residents Kyle Peabody, Curtis McCabe, Sean Clarke and Ken Steier, along with coxswain Stephanie Hartmann of LaGrangeville, won the gold medal on Friday in a time of 5 minutes, 28.05 seconds.

The race was run on a shortened course of 1,500 of the scheduled 2,000 meters, due to heavy winds and rain in the Buffalo region throughout the day. Western won silver and Long Island won bronze.

“It was just really bad weather,” Peabody said. “Our plan was to go out really hard until we had the lead. It was very exciting to beat those guys.”

Hudson Valley’s women’s four of Poughkeepsie’s Chloe Beach and Rachel Puchkoff, Pleasant Valley’s Catherine Quattrociocchi, Hopewell Junction’s Jeannette Eckelman and coxswain Jennifer Veloudas of Hyde Park won the silver medal in 6:39.22. Western took gold and Long Island won bronze.

The Hudson Valley women’s quad of Poughkeepsie’s Arielle Tillou and Sophia Sagan, LaGrangeville’s Rachel Buchanan and Newburgh’s Caitlin O’Neill won the bronze medal in 6:53.31. Western won gold and Central won silver.

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