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Eric Watne and John Cotter Lead the Way at the Green Mountain Head

Putney, VT/September 28: It’s a long way to drive to do an NBC HOTS and it takes a lot of training to do well at it. This head of the river race is special, too, since it has a 180 degree turn in the middle. Ever since the early days when Richard Lownes, Dick and Barbara Green, and others made the trek, NBC scullers have continued. This year’s contingent of 25 scullers seems to be among the largest.

Among the top scullers we have Eric Watne and John Cotter whose time of 20:05 placed them first in the Men’s Doubles 100+ and gave them the fastest time ahead of all of our other NBC entries. Bryna McConarty, our former NBC Lieutenant who now rows out of Cambridge, took a first herself in the Women’s Singles 35-44 with a time of 22:27. She did this after taking a first in the Mixed Doubles 80+, rowing with Jeff Brock and completing the course in 20:44. Other top finishers were Dick Green (2nd) in the Men’s Singles 75+; Sarah Cussler and Alden Bumstead (2nd place) in the Women’s Doubles 80+; Tracy Glover and Carin Reynolds (2nd) in Women’s Doubles 100+; Andy Washburn and Anne Fleet (2nd) in the Mixed Doubles 100+. Just making the trip to Putney and completing the course is in itself notable, so below are the results for all of the NBCers. By the way, if you have not figured it out yourself, 100+ and 80+ denotes the combination of the ages of the scullers, not their actual age, of course. What do the winners get? Maple syrup, of course.

Event

Sculler(s)

Time

Place

Men’s 1X 19-34

Dave Mercante

22:19

21st of 25

Men’s 1X 19-34

Michael Menses

23:11

24th of 25

Men’s 1X 35-44

Jeff Brock

21:24

10th of 14

Men’s 1X 45-54

David Gray

21:20

7th of 31

Men’s 1X 45-54

Scott Whitney

21:49

12th of 31

Men’s 1X 45-54

Bjorn Sandstede

22:48

18th of 31

Men’s 1X 55-64

Peter Gross

26:29

25th of 29

Men’s 1X 75+

Dick Green

26:25

2nd of 8

Women’s 1X 19-34

Corlis Gross

22:54

11th of 21

Women’s 1X 35-44

Bryna McConarty

22:27

1st of 10

Women’s 1X 45-54

Robin Gross

24:52

6th of 18

Women’s 1X 45-54

Joan Martin

27:57

17th of 18

Women’s 1X 55-64

Kristi Wharton

25:09

9th of 20

Women’s 1X 65-74

Joan Richards

27:10

3rd of 8

Men’s 2X 100+

Eric Watne & John Cotter

20:05

1st of 15

Men’s 2X 100+

Chris Bardt & Mitch Berkson

21:13

6th of 15

Women’s 2X 80+

Sarah Cussler & Alden Bumstead

21:50

2nd of 5

Women’s 2X 100+

Tracy Glover & Carin Reynolds

21:48

2nd of 13

Women’s 2X 100+

Kyna Leski & Carol Browning

23:39

8th of 13

Mixed 2X 80+

Bryna McConarty & Jeff Brock

20:44

1st of 2

Mixed 2X 100+

Andy Washburn & Anne Fleet

20:50

2nd of 15

Mixed 2X 100+

Sharon Cutts & Kit Wise

23:31

11th of 15