Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association Captures Medals

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association sent three boat teams to the 18th annual Head of the Cuyahoga rowing regatta, hosted by the Cleveland Rowing Foundation.

The river, a heavily-used shipping channel, is closed annually by an Act of Congress for the race. Controversy struck the event this year as two Canadian freighters moored in the river overnight, essentially blocking the river. The course consequently had to be shortened to 2,500 meters.

The first race for the CLRA was the Women’s 8+ held in a soaking rain. In spite of the rain and the shortened course, the eight moved swiftly down the river showing a strong finish almost overtaking another 8 that started ahead of them. In the end, the CLRA boat won by 2 seconds.

The boat members included Katie Magnuson Teeters, Maureen Mack, Colleen Wright, Sarah Thompson, Diane Paterniti, Jan Odrzywolski, Kathie McCarthy, Diana Meckley and coxswain Libby Wright.

As the rain let up, the Men’s 4+ took to the water and despite having only one practice together prior to the race, the 4 team members rowed well finishing only 13 seconds out of medal contention. They finished fourth place of six boats.

The team included Jim Odrzywolski, Mickey Sorenson, Colleen Wright, Charlie McChesney and coxswain Libby Wright.

The final CLRA race was the Women’s 4+. Racing against seven other entries, the team rowed very strongly finishing in second place only 1.85 seconds out of first place to take a silver medal.

The team members included Nicki Saxman, Stephanie Hall, Ali Odrzywolski, Erin Leone and coxswain Lane Tomassini.

In overall team totals, CLRA wound up placing 12th out of 28 teams posting points out of a total of 50 clubs represented at the event.

The Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association has programs for high school students, adult masters competitive and adult recreation. For more information about the CLRA visit or send and email to