Litchfield Hills Rowing Club rowers excel in nationals
Litchfield Hills Rowing Club rowers, from left, Zachary Kelly, A.J. Butler, Anderson Warshaw and Oliver Sanchez, excelled at the U.S. championships. Contributed photo
Four Litchfield Hills Rowing Club rowers ascended the medals podium at the 2018 U.S. Rowing Club National Championships on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., July 11-15.
The club men’s under age 17 boats took home two sets of bronze medals. Rowing in a double, Antonio James Butler (Northﬁeld) and Anderson Warshaw (Warren) progressed through three days of time trials, semiﬁnals and ﬁnals to become the third fastest double in the nation in their age group.
They placed 13th out of 52 boats to qualify in time trials, then placed second in their heat of semiﬁnals. In the ﬁnals, Butler and Warshaw were strong contenders throughout the race. Their time was 7:35.55, just 0.78 seconds behind second place Rockland, and 2.60 seconds behind ﬁrst place Niskayuna.
The under-17 squad of Warshaw, Butler, Zachary Kelly (Goshen), and Oliver Sanchez (Amenia, N.Y.) also took home a bronze medal. The Litchﬁeld Hills boat placed 10th out of 28 to qualify in the time trials, and second in their heat of semiﬁnals. In ﬁnals, they came in at a time of 6:56.14
The head coach for the Litchﬁeld Hills Rowing Club is Kristine Johnson, who joined the club in April 2018, and the assistant coach is Drew Stone. Johnson comes from Zimbabwe, with an extensive and impressive rowing and coaching career behind her, most recently as head coach for the Chisipite Boat Club and for the Zimbabwe Junior National Team.