Brunswick rows to victory

Brunswick oarsman Chase Stitzer carries his boat after racing Tabor and Pomfret.

The Brunswick Rowing team opened its 2013 season with a strong showing against crews from Tabor Academy and Pomfret School.

Brunswick won the Varsity Eights race and three of the four lower boat races and therefore won the ‘Brunswick / Tabor Cup,’ a team points trophy contested annually between the two programs.

In 2012, Tabor took 2nd in the New England Championships. Brunswick had not beaten Tabor at the Varsity Eight level since 2009.

The Bruin Varsity Eight included seniors Tobin Saer, John Mayberry, Matt Podlesak, Corey Okinaka and Sean Forester, juniors Max and Alex Skolds, sophomore Matt Marvin, and freshman Will Bass.

The Bruins took a lead off the line and were able to stay in front the entire way, though with only 500 meters to go in the race, the Seawolves pulled within 1 seat (about 4 feet) of the lead. But the Brunswick boat remained poised and were able to eventually stretch out the margin to win by 3.8 seconds — almost exactly one boat length ahead of Tabor.

Scott Ericson