Results from the 2015 Lake Dillon Challenge rowing regatta |

Results from the 2015 Lake Dillon Challenge rowing regatta

A rowing team powers through the water on Lake Dillon during the Lake Dillon Challenge, an annua rowing and paddling regatta hosted by the Frisco Rowing Center. This year's races drew 80 competitors from across the nation.
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The Dillon Open wasn’t the only regatta in Summit County last weekend.

On Aug. 2, roughly 80 rowers and paddlers raced in the early-morning calm of Lake Dillon for the seventh-annual Lake Dillon Challenge regatta, hosted by the Frisco Rowing Center. The races drew six decades of talent, with athletes ranging from 15 to 75 years old.

Rowers and paddlers had two options: a 2.5-mile course and a 6-mile course. Both courses started from the Frisco Bay Marina, with a turnaround at Crown Point for the short course. The long course took racers to Farmer’s Korner on the lake’s Blue River arm before turning back. SUP divisions were split by distance and board length.


In the 2.5-mile men’s singles rowing race, 15-year-old Ethan Spetnagel from Denver’s Mile High Rowing Club (one of the youngest rowers in the field) had the fastest elapsed time. Yet, due to a handicap, he came in second to 51-year-old Chris Yun of Rhode Island.

Lisa McMath of Boulder Community Rowing was fastest in the women’s singles on the short course.

The 2.5-mile course brought out the best from the host club, including Jan Degerberg and her daughter, Whitney, who raced in the women’s doubles field. Adaptive rower Mick Cseh raced doubles with Chris Curtis. Both are members of Frisco Rowing Center.

The 6-mile course saw stiff competition. Simon Lessing of Boulder Community Rowing won the men’s singles, notching the fastest elapsed time for all boats. He is an accomplished triathlete who started rowing later in his career.

Andy and Darin Omtveldt of Frisco Rowing Center won the mixed double, overcoming a six-minute handicap from two other boats.

Kelly Amdur of Carbondale and Peggy Bailey of Dillon, both former national rowing team members and current Frisco Rowing Center members, edged out another women’s double bowed by Kate Newman, Littleton, by their handicap.

Another former national team member, Marika Page of Breckenridge, won the women’s long-course singles division.

SUP and kayak

The men’s short-course SUP title went to Jimmy Simon of Silverthorne, who paddled a 12-foot, 6-inch board. He was followed by John Geier of Broomfield on a 14-footer and Karl Terrell from Colorado Springs on a 12-foot, 6-inch board.

In the women’s short-course field, Vanessa Waigand from Castle Rock took first on a 12-foot, 6-inch board. The podium was rounded out by Danise Durkee from Vail on a 14-foot board and Christine Geier of Broomfield on the apparently whip-fast 12-foot, 6-inch model.

The 6-mile SUP saw just four competitors total, with Charles MacArthur of Snowmass taking first for the men and Tonia Williamson of Breckenridge winning for women. Both were on 12-foot, 6-inch boards. Zeke Shifflett from Highlands Ranch took second for the men on a 14-footer, while Sharon Wetherall of Lafayette braved the entire course on a prone board to come in second for the ladies.

Two kayakers raced in separate divisions, with Terry Kryshak of Frisco and Ann Mullin of Kansas in a two-person boat. Chris Hoyt of Parker raced both courses solo.

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