GREAT RESULTS AT THE CRASH-B SPRINTS
Cambridge, MA/Feb 28: This past weekend was the time for racing in the World Indoor Rowing Championships, another name for the CRASH-B Sprints. Rowing in the dry air of Boston University’s Agganis Arena is a lot different from the pleasant cool temperatures at the NBC. Even so, our local entrants did a great job. Leading the pack was Mike Smith who took gold in the Lightweight Veteran Men A (50-54) event with a blistering time of 6:28.4. Within the same age bracket for the Lightweight Women Jean Lambert (8:10.7) and Anne Hird (8:12.7) placed 4th and 5th, respectively.
Anne provided some additional detail, “The CRASH-Bs went great this morning—8:12.7, which was a 10 second personal best & well below my goal of breaking 8:20. My first 3 splits were very even at 2:04.0, 2:04.2, 2:04.0, and then I managed to bring it down to 2:00.5, which is my fastest 500m ever.” Anne put all of her 128 lbs. into a great performance.
Speaking of great performances, the NBC Junior Women delivered star-status times. Lucy Hamilton placed 7th with a time of 7:06.2; Eliza Kallfelz placed 11th with a time of 7:11.5; Hannah Fitts finished in 39th place with a time of 7:31.8; Ellie Hamilton, a lightweight, finished 126th with a time of 7:57.9. These girls raced within a crowd of 260 junior women. Most impressive.
Ellie missed the weigh in for the lightweights so she ended up rowing with the top level. Her time would have placed her 33rd among the 137 lightweights. (We won't mention that she has returned to rowing only recently, following a very long season of long distance running.) Hannah Glucksman, rowing as a lightweight, also did a great job taking on her first CRASH-B with a time of 8:38.
Congratulations to all!