A modified Port Rowing team of 40 fared well in three major events this summer season.
At the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia, the team competed against high school and college teams. Five Port Rowing boats earned finals berths in the three-day regatta.
Later, the team traveled to Camden, N.J., to compete in the U.S. Club National Championships.
Last year, Port Rowing sent one team to the second round and went home early — this year was a different story.
In Jersey, the team sent 11 teams to the semifinals and six teams to the national finals. Port recorded two medals: a third in lightweight men's 8; and a first in women's light weight pair. Ashley and Melissa Iannucci won Port Rowing's first national championship and raised the bar for all future participants. The sister's are heading to Fairfield University to continue their rowing careers in college, leaving a gold stamp on the program.
The last regatta of the season took the team to Canada to the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catherines on Lake Ontario. It was the first international competition or many of the rowers. At the seven-day event, the team sent seven teams to the semifinals and four teams to the finals with a top finish of fifth in the men's U19 eight category.
"The team took huge strides and looks forward to a great fall season," said Steve Panzik, Port Rowings executive director and coach. "This year's senior class is the first to go four years through the program and were part of the inaugural team."
High School Season starts Sept. 3 and Middle School season start Sept. 16. No experience necessary. For registration and other information, go online to www.portrowing.com.