Ridgefield rowers among GMS's national qualifiers

Ridgefield rowers who train at the New Milford-based GMS Rowing Center continued their impressive season at the recent USRowing Northeast Youth Championships.

Twenty-five GMS rowers won either gold, silver, or bronze medals in 11 boats, and 16 of those rowers qualified in eight boats for the US Rowing Youth National Championships, which begin this Friday (June 8) in Gold River, Calif.

GMS also won the regatta’s overall Sculling Points Trophy.

The Northeast Youth Championships took place May 19-20 on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Nearly 2,000 athletes — representing more than 400 crews from 40-plus teams across the Northeast — competed in this event in hopes of qualifying for the US Rowing Youth National Championships.

Ridgefield rowers in GMS boats that qualified for nationals were Maddy Siegel (junior women's double and junior women's quad), Lexie Skor (junior women’s lightweight double), and Nico Salazar (junior men's A quad).

Other Ridgefield rowers competing in boats that medaled at the Northeast Youth Championships were Mia Gurrieri, Caitlin Boyle and Sage Siegel (junior women’s second varsity quad), and Sage Siegel and Sophia Delohery (junior women’s novice double).

With the help of Ridgefield rowers, GMS teams also won medals at the earlier Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta (May 12-13) in Lowell, Mass.

Salazar won gold medals in the men's junior A single event and the men’s junior A quad.

Skor earned a silver medal in the women’s lightweight A double, and Maddie Siegel won bronze medals in the women's junior A double and the women’s junior A quad.