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NEW CANAAN, Conn. — New Canaan Crew dominated the men's quad sculling event at the Northeast Regional Regatta in Worcester, Mass., as Peter Tortora, Graham Mink, Alex Buck and Jonathon Rosow crushed the competition to win the gold medal.

The convincing victory sparked a terrific showing by New Canaan Crew, which trains at Maritime Rowing Club in Norwalk. New Canaan crew won three gold medals, sent 15 boats to the finals and qualified nine boats for the U.S. Youth Nationals in Oak Ridge, Tenn., beginning June 8.

The New Canaan quad led throughout and won by 15.5 seconds. Teammates Geoff Cloud, Tucker Klutey, Alex Mauboussin and Steven Gerasimoff cruised to a third place finish and also earned a sport at the national regatta.

Ned Berman, Sam Wiley, Tim Mapley and Carson West with coxswain Ashwini Rao continued the winning streak in the Men's Four in one of the most exciting finals of the day, edging Norwalk River Rowing Association by less than two seconds.

New Canaan showed its depth in the Youth Men's Quad event. Four of the six boats in the final were wearing New Canaan's red and black, placing first, second, fourth and sixth. Justin Podlesak, Dan Crowley, Steven Ross and Michael Magid edged teammates Nicholas Reynoso, Justin Vasquez, Zev Koffsky and Gabriel Marsan to finish first and second.

Blake Lang and Ross Hurlock moved up from Junior Varsity to race in the Men's Varsity Double. They earned bronze medals and the opportunity to represent the club at Nationals.

The Men's Youth Lightweight 8+ team Alex Richmond, Jack Winslow, Alex Vernon, Evan Turiano, Luke Thompson, Billy Curley, Eddy Nilan and Merritt Cullman with their cox Ashwini Rao earned a ticket to Tennessee with its third place finish.

In the Women's Youth Quad, Caroline Cone, Hannah Foley, Madison Yancy and Jenna Froland brought home a silver medal.

Bea Tobey and Veronica Hoeft placed fourth in the Women's Double Sculls just behind Saratoga Springs. However, Saratoga qualified for Nationals at the New York's State Championships so Tobey and Hoeft will also advance to Nationals.

"We showed winning efforts at every level of racing," said coach Yan Vengerovskiy. "We could ask for nothing more of our kids. This sets us up for great racing in Tennessee."

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