RFH SENIOR TAKES UP THE OARS FOR DREXEL

Kate EdwardsRFH High School senior Kate Edwards has been recruited by the Drexel University Women’s Rowing Team. The Drexel crew joins the race for the Governor’s Cup  on the Navesink this Saturday, September 28.  (Click to enlarge)

By MARY ANN KAMPFE/ RFHRHS Public Relations

Kate Edwards, a senior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, has committed to the Women’s Rowing Team at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Edwards, who was heavily recruited by over a dozen top colleges and universities, made her commitment on August 12.

“The outstanding educators at RFH have really inspired me to achieve my goals,” said Edwards, who is a High Honors student and a member of the National Honor Society.

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DREXEL SWEEPS RUMSON SWEEP RACES

The Drexel University men’s rowing squad, above, gets ready to take to the Navesink River for the third annual Rumson Boat Race Saturday morning, where the school’s men’s and women’s teams took the Governor’s Cup against Army, Rutgers and Villanova.

Spectators on the Oceanic Bridge, above left, had the best vantage point on the racing, which featured one-mile sprints along the river’s Middletown side.

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GIVING IT THE OLD COLLEGE TRY, AGAIN

regatta2Race organizers are hoping for better conditions than last year, when several boats were swamped, leading to a cancellation. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Give the Rumson rowing community credit: they keep putting their oars in the water.

Two years ago, they came tantalizingly close to landing one of collegiate rowing’s biggest events, the Dad Vail Regatta, but had their hearts broken when the event’s organizers decided to keep it where it had always been, in Philadelphia.

Then, a scaled-down collegiate regatta a year ago was scrapped during the second race, when wind-driven waves swamped several boats in the Navesink River, just off Victory Park.

But they’re back.

On Saturday, the 2011 Rumson Boat Race will take to the Navesink for four races on the Middletown side of the river, from the vicinity of a buoy opposite Bon Jovi’s mansion east toward the Oceanic Bridge.

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