Royal Canadian Henley 2015

Men’s U19 4x
Henley Gold – Bill Schmidt (RCHS); Emmett Orts (Friend’s Select); Anthony Panchella (RCHS); Niall Carlson (Conestoga); Coach Zack Coons

6th place – Tim Kutcher (RCHS); Issac Ward (Winter Park, FL); Max Amsterdam (Conestoga); Tighman Moyer (RCHS); Coach Zack Coons

This was a repeat victory from 2014. Bill Schmidt and Emmett Orts repeat as Henley Gold Champions.

Men’s U23 4X
4th place – Casey Howshall (Penn); Gary Wieglgus (Temple); Nick Wnek (Mercyhurst); Colin McKinney (Temple); Coach John Hayburn

Men’s U23 light 2x
5th place – Casey Howshall (Penn); Nick Olimpo (Temple); Coach John Hayburn

A remarkable achievement by Casey rowing these two races within an hour!

Mens’s U23 2x
3rd place – Gary Wielgus (RCHS, Temple)’ Collin McKinney (Temple); Coach John Hayburn

Mens’s U19 2x
3rd place – Anthony Pancella (RCHS); Bill Schmidt (RCHS); Coach Zack Coons

There were 86 entries in this race. Crescent had 4 of 5 boats advance to the semi-finals. Our 5th boat, racing against very strong competition, failed to advance, but their time was faster than the winners of 5 of the other heats.

Mens’s U19 4x
In a field of 41 entries, we advanced 4 of 4 quads to the semi-finals. Crescent is the defending Henley Gold Champion in this event.

Men;s U19 1x
6th place – Jacob Jamison (Friend’s Select) (86 entries).


The Crescent Board and its members are extremely pleased not only with these results but more importantly how these young men represented Crescent and themselves off the water. It is great having supportive parents and a top notch coaching staff.

The challenge is on for our 2016 U19 rowers to three-peat in the U19 4x. This string of Henley Gold was last accomplished by Crescent in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Thanks to the following for a successful summer:

Our parents: who support their children and their dreams.
Our coaching staff: Ray D’Amico, Joe Ferry, Casey Howshall, Troy Madden, Matt D’Amico, Kevin McHale, Zack Coons and John Hayburn
Other contributing members: Kevin Leylan, Tom Bryan and Jack Lees, RCHS Parent’s Association, and Conestoga Crew Club
Our rowers: their enthusiasm and hard work makes it all worthwhile