By: William Kissane, Staff Writer
Led by captains Alessia Faverio and Cameron Thatcher, both graduating seniors, the Warren Wilson College Paddling Team has earned its second consecutive national title. The team traveled to Dillsboro, N.C. to compete in the annual American Canoe Association (ACA) Collegiate Race Series National Championships on the Tuckasegee River between March 29th and 30th.
Wilson students competed against Albion College, Hollins University, Southwestern Community College, University of Alabama, University of Virginia, and Western Carolina University.
The Warren Wilson team is led by a squad of graduating seniors and will rely heavily on younger team members in upcoming seasons. Chin-pu Chen, Maggie Mae Farthing, Alessia Faverio, Elias Grant, Davis Jones, Wyatt Pace, and Cameron Thacker will all graduate this spring.
“We do have a really good team. Most of the seniors have been developing their skills for the past four years, and I’m hoping some of them continue to do this,” says paddling team coach and Electric Crew supervisor John Griffith. “Some may end up representing the US in international competition; who knows?”
The Wilson Athletic Department is proud of the team’s long history of success and sees Griffith as a large part of that success. “WWC Paddling team has been making waves for years. The team remains a solid part of our program, and the reason they are so successful is because they have two coaches who pour a lot of effort and energy into the logistics of running a team, coordinating with ACA about their membership and schedule, and keeping our students informed about the next step,” Wilson Athletic Director, Stacey Enos said. “Griffith has been a part of this program in various ways for twenty years. When he took a break ten years ago, the program suffered. Upon his return,
At the Nationals Championships, the paddling team proved once more how dedicated and passionate they are, with the Wilson team posting impressive times in all events. Wilson medalists in the Women’s Kayak Championship were Alessia Faverio (Gold), Katrina Camara (Silver), and Corrine Hertz (Bronze); in Short Kayak, Erica Oliver (Gold), Corrine Hertz (Silver), and Katrina Camara (Bronze); in Solo Canoe, Alessia Faverio (Gold) and Maggie Mae Farthing (Bronze); in Tandem Canoe, Maggie Mae Farthing and Erica Oliver (Silver); in Stand-up Paddleboard, Erica Oliver (Gold) and Alessia Faverio (Silver); and in the Team Relay, Katrina Camara, Maggie Mae Farthing, Alessia Faverio, Corrine Hertz, Ellie Medley, and Erica Oliver (Gold).
Wilson medalists in the Men’s Kayak Championship were Cameron Thacker (Gold); in Short Kayak, Dan Warner (Bronze); in Solo Canoe, Miron Golfman (Gold), Davis Jones (Silver), and Alex Stern-Bernhart (Bronze); in Tandem Canoe, Davis Jones and Miron Golfman (Gold); in Stand-up Paddleboard Armin Weise (Gold) and Davis Jones (Silver); and in the Team Relay, Chin-pu Chen, Miron Golfman, Elias Grant, Davis Jones, Alex Stern-Bernhart, and Cameron Thacker (Gold).