Regatta in the Rearview: 2018 Community Row Recap

Posted June 19, 2018


On Saturday, May 12, following a week of friendly community competition with the Rival Row Challenge, Rivalers took to the Rival Field for our second annual Rival Row Regatta. This year saw a total of eight teams of four take on our 2000m race against the clock, each team-member delivering a max-effort 500m sprint.

Coming into the competition, Kaija H. and Bradley F. held top spots for fastest 500m in the women’s and men’s categories of the Row Competition. As the Regatta got underway, both of their times were matched by fellow rowers. Melia P. of Come At Me Bro! matched Kaija’s 1:34 record while Heath H. of Squadgatta joined Bradley at first place in the men’s field with a 1:16 time.

While last year’s winning team notched an impressive 6:01 cumulative time, this year’s first, second, and third place teams all pushed the envelope a little further. Tequila Mockingbirds,consisting of row instructors Jenna, Moe, Samantha, and Darsenio, took third place with an impressive 6:07. Squadgatta, consisting of Anna H., Heath H., Paul B., and Dan C., took second place with the first sub-six minute time of 5:50.


But it was Gonna Get Smashed that took the coveted first place title, leaving Squadgatta behind by over 30 seconds with a whopping 5:26 Rival Record. Each member of Gonna Get Smashed netted sub-1:30 minute legs, which sent them soaring over their competition. Rival Trainer Sean M. and Chris B. both logged 1:20 legs, while their teammates Joe S. and Justin H. clocked in at 1:18 and 1:28 respectively.

When it came to the 1000m individual competition, Keegan W. held the top spot throughout the week with a 2:52 time. But when Bradley F. challenged him at the Regatta, he ended snatched the title with a whopping 2:47 record after spending several weeks leading up to Regatta dialing in his diet and putting in work during row classes.

“It was all about coming up with a plan and committing to it. That being said, there were some really strong rowers at the Regatta,” Bradley said. “I’m not really the biggest or fastest person. I don’t really have the most stamina. So being able to be compared with guys like Heath, Trevor, and Keegan – being up there with them is honestly an honor.”


Before Bradley joined the Rival community nine months ago, he had never rowed before. But after his first couple of classes and some guidance from Rival instructors, he was hooked.

“I’m kind of a competitive person. But honestly when it came to the Regatta, I didn’t think that I would win anything,” Bradley said. “But during one of the 1000m races in class, I got a 1:30 split. So I thought, ‘Wow, I’m kind of close to Trevor’s 1:17.’ In reality, I wasn’t really that close. But it gave me the energy I needed to think that I could actually do it.”

When last year’s Regatta marked Jenna Bailey’s first official day as a Rival Rowing Instructor, the coveted 1000m title ended up just escaping her grasp. This year, Jenna triumphed in the women’s 1000m and nailed down a 3:31 during the Row competition, which remained unbeat throughout the Regatta.

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