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2022 Head of the Fish

Connecticut Boat Club rowers had a successful weekend at the 2022 Head of the Fish regatta in Saratoga Springs NY. The weather was perfect and CBC took home medals in a number of events.

U17 4+ – 2nd
U17 2x – 2nd
2V4+ – 3rd
U19 1x – 3rd
Nov 4+ – 3rd

You can view the Sunday results here.

CBC Rowers Medal at 2022 Head of the Charles

connecticut boat club head of charles 2022 medal

The Connecticut Boat Club brought home a medal from the 2022 Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston on October 23, 2022. CBC medaled in the Women’s Youth 4+ race (that included 90 entries). The boat, coxed by Isabell Howell (Sr., Wilton High School) included rowers Callaghan Nickerson (Jr., Greenwich Academy), Annika Nelson (Jr. Darien High School), Caroline Krantz (Jr., Darien High School) and Sophie Bell (Soph., Darien High School). Event results are available here.

CBC also had strong showings in the Women’s Youth Eights and the Women’s Under-17 Fours as well as in the Women’s Alumnae Eights (with a great team of recent Connecticut Boat Club alums). Way to go CBC!

cbc 1v4 medal at head of charles 2022

CBC Alums Return to Compete in Regatta

CBC alumni Head of the Charles

Connecticut Boat Club (as usual) is sending its team to compete in the upcoming Head of the Charles Regatta. The Head of the Charles will take place on October 21-23, 2022 in Cambridge, MA. It is the world’s largest 3-day rowing competition with 11,000 competitors and over 400,000 spectators.

This year, a number of CBC alums are returning to race with current CBC athletes at the Head of the Charles. This is a testament to the strong bonds made by CBC athletes.

The alums, who hail from Norwalk to Fairfield and everywhere in between, include an impressive list of athletes who are World, US National and NCAA champions. These athletes could have opted to race with their college or US National alumni boats. Instead, they’ve decided to race for CBC — their high school club team. With the level of talent on this team, it is likely the results will be impressive.

The returning athletes include:

Kathy Isaza (Syracuse): Norwalk
Isa Fitter (USC): Fairfield
Jess Ferrante (BC):  Fairfield
Meg Galloway (Yale) : Ridgefield
Kaitlyn Kynast (Stanford): Ridgefield
CSey Clifford (Brown) : Darien
Kath Squitieri (Brown)  : Wilton
Lauren Squitieri (Penn):  Wilton

Connecticut Boat Club (CBC) is a high-performance girls’ youth rowing club based on the Norwalk River in Norwalk, Connecticut. It was founded in 2010 by head coach Liz Trond and includes girls throughout southwestern Connecticut and Westchester County, NY. The club is focused solely on girls and young women and has made an impact on the lives of so many girls throughout the years. The athletes develop friendships on the team that last well beyond their time spent on the water both during high school and well into the future.

CBC Alumni

CBC Rowers Win Silver and Bronze Medals at 2022 Youth Nationals

Connecticut Boat Club rowers took silver and bronze in pairs (2-) at the US Rowing Youth National Championship in Sarasota Florida. This is the first time that CBC took two medals in the same event.

CBC rowers Sophia Greco, of Norwalk, and Emily Knapp, of New York, NY, won a silver medal in the women’s youth 2- event, and Caroline Krantz and Annika Nelson, both of Darien, won a bronze medal in the women’s youth 2- event. CBC also qualified in three other events at Nationals and placed 4th place in the women’s U17 4x event (Caitlin O’Mara of Darien, Maddy Dodge of Darien, Sophie Bell of Darien, and Miya Lee of Wilton).

CBC at the 2022 Northeast Regionals

CBC team at the 2022 NE regionals

The Connecticut Boat Club varsity, novice and development teams had a great weekend at the Northeast Regional regatta in Lowell Mass. on May 21-22, 2022, with seven boats qualifying for Nationals and several Novice boats medaling.

You can view the results of the races at Herenow.

CBC rowers qualified for Nationals in a variety of races, including:

  • V2- (with two boats qualifying)
  • V4-
  • V4+
  • V4x
  • U17 4x
  • U16 4x+

Let’s go CBC!

CBC Success at Saratoga Invitational 2022

CBC Saratoga Invitational 2022

The Connecticut Boat Club once again participated in one of the premier Spring sprint rowing events in the Northeast — the Saratoga Invitational. This year’s Invitational was held on a beautiful spring weekend with perfect racing conditions.

CBC raced a variety of boats in different events. Some athletes competed in three or more events each day.

The result was a number of podium finishes. Every athlete who was healthy and able to compete earned a medal (with some athletes bringing home four or five medals).

The CBC team capped off a great weekend with a dominating performance by the Junior/U17 8+ which won in a very competitive field. A picture of the finish is shown below.

You can view the results of all the races here.

Next up is the Northeast Championships in Lowell Massachusetts on May 20-22 (see the CBC rowing events page).


Spring Racing Season is Starting

It’s spring time. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming… and rower’s thoughts are turning to racing! In particular, since it is spring, the CBC team is getting ready for sprint racing! We have enjoyed a few scrimmages against teams in New Jersey and now are ready for sprint races with competitive events schedule through April, May and June (check our rowing events page for details).

Spring Rowing Has Arrived!

CBC spring rowing

While it is still a bit chilly out, the Connecticut Boat Club girl’s rowing team is excited to be training on the water again! The CBC team has had some great days on the Norwalk River and look forward to an exciting Spring rowing season.

Now is a great time for new rowers to learn about the CBC learn to row and development rowing programs.

Winter Training Program


Now is the perfect time to join the CBC Winter Training Program!

The CBC winter training program offers a wide variety of strength and skill building sessions for all levels of athletes. You do NOT need to be a current team member or even have rowing experience to join the winter training program. The winter 2022 program lasts until the first week of March 2022 and new athletes can join at any time.

The Connecticut Boat Club team uses two indoor facilities for training, providing an opportunity for all athletes to develop their strength, endurance and athleticism while we are off the water. The goal of the winter training program is to allow team members to enter the spring racing season measurably stronger and more confident in their overall athletic skills.

We use the CBC boathouse in Norwalk Connecticut to focus on building a strong cardio base. We row and bike indoors at the facility and run one of several loops along the Norwalk river.

We also train at Dynamic Athletics in Darien where we focus on strength and agility training. All of our training puts a high standard on technique and injury prevention.

Throughout the winter, CBC athletes can track their progress in:

  • The weight room
  • Their times on the erg, bikes and running trails
  • Flexibility and agility
  • The ability to complete “new” skills (rope climbs, handstands, splits, hurdles, box jumps, etc.)

CBC’s winter program is open to female athletes in 6th-12th grade. The programs include 2-6 day a week schedules tailored to each participant’s experience level.

The Competitive Program trains 6 days a week (Monday through Saturday)

CBC’s Development Team trains 3 days a week (Monday, Thursday and Friday).

The Connecticut Boat Club takes great pride in how we have handled COVID-19 while continuing to train. Ask Head Coach Liz Trond how we do it, and how you or your daughter can participate in the winter program by calling or texting her at (203) 843-8177 or by emailing the club at:

CBC at the 2021 Head of the Charles

Connecticut Boat Club sent four boats to the 2021 Head of the Charles head race in Boston October 23-24. A CBC alumnae eight also participated. The team had a great time and enjoyed some excellent competition at this classic fall head race.

The Varsity 4+ boat placed 6th out of over 80 boats in a highly competitive field. The Women’s Alumnae Eight re-qualified to participate in 2022 and the Youth 8+ entry narrowly missed taking first place in the U17 category.

The 2021 Head of the Charles featured thousands of athletes. This year’s event was held on a beautiful and sunny weekend with great racing conditions. Photos of CBC participation in the event are below.