CBC Wins 11th USRowing National Championship Title

Congratulations are in order for the 12 CBC athletes that represented the club with tons of pride at the 2023 USRowing National Championship Regatta. The girls had 3 days full of racing, ice baths, laughs and Florida sunshine!

All three CBC boats (2-,4x,4x+) raced outstanding races in both their heat and semi final’s earning them a ticket to the A final (2-) and the B finals (4x, 4x+). Our U16 coxed quad kicked off finals racing on Saturday June 10th finishing 3rd in their B final (11th in the nation). It was all 5 athletes first trip to Nationals and we are so proud of them! Way to go Allison (coxswain), Kam (stroke seat), Winnie (3 seat), Norah (2 seat) and Leighton (bow seat).

On Sunday morning our 2- Caroline (stroke seat) and Annika (bow seat) became National Champions!! Winning the 2- category with a final time of 7:46 they officially were proclaimed undefeated on the Sarasota Nationals race course in 2023. This win marks the 11th USRowing National Championship that CBC has won. Huge congratulations to Caroline and Annika who practice/race with so much passion and dedication.

CBC’s 4x raced in an exciting photo finisher. The girls, Audrey (stroke seat), Charlotte (3 seat), Callaghan (2 seat) and Maddie (bow seat) raced in some of the weekend’s most thrilling races and their B final was no exception. The quad placed 6th (.7 seconds from 3rd place) in their final! This was the first regatta in which this line up had raced all season. We are so proud of how they demonstrated our CBC core values on and off the course all weekend.

Miya was our powerhouse spare, willing and capable of rowing both sweep and scull. She was an outstanding teammate and a tremendous part of the teams success! You are amazing Miya.

CBCers will head back to headquarters and gear up for summer 2023 rowing!


2023 Northeast Regional Championship

Worchester Massachusetts hosted the Northeast Regional Championship this year. CBC raced in both sweep and sculling categories allowing for all athletes to have the opportunity to race! All CBC boats advanced to finals racing on Sunday where our pair, Caroline Krantz and Annika Nelson kicked off racing. Finishing in first place ahead of two Greenwich boats, Naugatuck, Wayland-Weston and Concord crews. This first place finished earned them an invitation to the Youth Nationals Championship!

Our coxed four had a strong race with a photo finish (Belle Howell, Callaghan Nickerson, Karolina Bukowski, Charlotte Maschoff, Ava Weneck). We were so proud of our senior leader, Belle for coxing the 4+ down the course and motivating her boat at all times. Later in the morning CBC qualified its second Nationals contenting boat the youth quad. The quad had a fantastic race finishing 1 second shy of 3rd place and 2 seconds away from 2nd place! It was a very exciting race to watch with Audrey Sears stroking, Riley Clavi, Ellie Lennon, and Maddie Dodge in bow. Our youth 4- had us all cheering very loudly in the last 250m as the girls were trying to pull ahead of the Westford Academy boat, and ultimately they successfully did! The 4- finished 5th ahead of Westford Academy after a great run down the course (Charlotte Volz, Sylvia Freidenrich, Sophie Bell and Miya Lee). 

Racing continued with our U16 4x+ (Coxswain: Allison Murray and Rowers: Winnie Wartels, Leighton Busby, Norah Surette, Kamryn Morgenstern) finishing 26 second ahead of the 4th place boat and just 5 seconds behind the second place finisher. The U16 4x+ will have the opportunity to represent CBC at The Youth National Championship Regatta! CBC’s Youth 2nd 4+ finished 5th in what was a very sunny race. The boat consisted of 2 seniors stroke seat Ally Colavecchio and Mel Royaee and 3 sophomores, Coxswain Izzy Khamish, Kate MacDonald and Charlotte Mickelborough.

CBC’s novice eight had an amazing semi final race on Saturday where they raced hard and learned a ton(including how to really sprint and walk on another boat)! On Sunday, they had another great race and ultimately finished with a time of 7:43. Allison Murray coxed the boat down the course. The eight rowers were, Jiah Baak, Tara Slovinski, Bridget Fitzgerald, Sara Alfieri, Melaina Kenin, Lucia Noecker, Kamryn Morgenstern, and Sarah Morris. As the racing started to wrap up it was our strong Youth 2nd 4x and Novice 4+ that concluded the racing for CBC! 

Elle Arnold, Lila Seidenberg, Erin Getty and Jill Chlebowski represented CBC in a finals race with a lot of enthusiasm. The girls 4x finished in 5th place. Our final race of the day was our Novice 4+ race with coxswain Jiah Baak leading the boat down the course! The 4 novice rowers were, Winnie Wartels, Melaina Kenin, Lucia Noecker and Norah Surette. In this race CBC finished in 5th place ahead of Saugatuck’s 4+. 

Congratulations to all of our student athletes for working so hard on and off the course this season!! We are so proud of you all!

BEST OF LUCK at Nationals to our pair, U16 coxed quad and youth quad.

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:

Katherine 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.