Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Duo excel at regatta

by the Grosse Pointe News

October 31, 2013

Dylan Goitz, a senior at University Liggett School, and Michael Landuyt, a junior at Grosse Pointe South, placed 10th out of 38 in the Youth Men’s Double event at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass. Sunday, Oct. 20.

Goitz and Landuyt outperformed teams from the United States, Canada, Great Britain and South Africa.

Their finish guarantees an automatic entry into next year’s regatta for the Detroit Boat Club Crew.

Goitz and Landuyt are not new to this level of competition.

Both competed in last year’s Head of the Charles where they placed 17th.

This year’s Head of the Charles attracted more than 10,000 competitors from 22 nations from all around the world and drew approximately 400,000 spectators, making this regatta the largest two-day rowing event in the world.

The snake-like, winding course goes under 5 bridges, which makes navigation a critical component to the race.

Earlier this season, Goitz and Landuyt won a bronze medal at the National Championships in an Eight (a boat with 8 men, each with one oar, together with one coxswain), and a silver medal at the Midwest Championships, with their Grosse Pointe South teammates Rob Robson (coxswain), Christian Nemeh, Andrew Seski and Sorin Koszyk; Grosse Pointe North teammate Raymond Mattingly; and home schooled teammates Andrew and Sam Kelley.

Goitz was selected to the United States Junior CANAMEX National Team where he represented the country in an international race against Mexico and Canada.

At that event, Goitz and Team USA took home the silver medal, while Landuyt went on to win a bronze medal in this year’s Club National Championships in the single scull event.

A double rowing scull is about 13 inches wide and 32 feet long.

The participants row with two oars apiece. The stern man or stroke (Goitz) set the pace for the race, while the bow man (Landuyt) was responsible for steering.

They row as hard as they can while facing the opposite direction of where they are going. In addition to excelling academically, both young men trained extensively to physically and mentally prepare, rowing every morning before the sun rises and then again after school under the leadership of their long-time head coach, Dick Bell.

The Detroit Boat Club Crew’s second youth entry, a Women’s Eight, was led by Jennifer Gmeiner (coxswain) from Grosse Pointe North and Sarah Tishchbein, Meghan Shook, Clare Platt, Alison Matthews, Gabriela Tucker, Noelle Perry, Isabella Strickler, and Olivia Kielt of Grosse Pointe South.

The women secured 28th place out of a field of 85 boats.

Hannah Peck of Grosse Pointe South participated as the coxswain for the Men’s Masters 8.

For more information about the Detroit Boat Club rowing program, visit