Citizen Sports Briefs June 17
Fairfield’s Powers, Notarfrancesco, help SRC Juniors to national crowns
In a repeat double victory unprecedented in U.S. junior rowing, for the second year in a row, the Saugatuck Rowing Club Juniors claimed two national championships at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships that took place on June 10-12 in West Windsor, N.J.
Winning national titles were the SRC Women’s Youth 8+ boat and the Women’s Lightweight Youth 8+ boat.
Fairfield’s Charlotte Powers was the coxswain on the winning Women’s Youth 8+ boat while Catherine Notarfrancesco was a rower in the Women’s Lightweight 8+ boat.
Last year, SRC became the second club ever to win both Women’s 8+ events at Nationals in the same year. This year’s National victory by the SRC Women’s Youth 8+ also capped the crew’s second undefeated year in a row, in which it captured youth rowing’s “triple crown” - winning the Head of the Charles Regatta, San Diego Crew Classic and Youth National Championships.
“Repeating as national champions in two highly contested events is testament to the drive and dedication our athletes have shown all year,” said Gordon Getsinger, SRC junior girls head coach. “I’m proud of our team’s ability to stay mentally and physically focused while training hard, and look forward to more great things to come.”
Fairfield’s Kochiss named ECAC Division III All-New England
Endicott College junior third baseman Mike Kochiss of Fairfield has been named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III All-New England first team. Kochiss, who was also named the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Player of the Year, hit .410 in 44 starts at third base, scored 29 runs, had 15 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 44 RBI and four stolen bases. Kochiss has now earned four All-Region accolades this season. He also earned All-New England first team honors from the American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA) and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA).
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