MUNSTER | For the fourth year in a row, members of Community Hospital Fitness Pointe team have been named the top winners in the 2013 World Rowing competition.
Overall, the rowing team placed first with a whopping 25,922,820 meters, besting last year’s grand total by more than 4.6 million meters.
This year’s competition, World Erg Challenge sponsored by Concept2, a manufacturer of indoor rowing equipment, attracted 3,514 international participants. Locally, the indoor rowing challenge took at the medically-based fitness center, 9950 Calumet Ave. The 291 Fitness Pointe participants, health facility members and cardiac rehabilitation patients, averaged 89,082 meters.
“It truly is a team effort and a great accomplishment to win the World title four years in a row - a four-peat,” said Nikki Sarkisian, fitness facility supervisor for Fitness Pointe. “We are proud of our team and their personal efforts to strive to be their very best.”
Five team members rowed more than one million meters: Judy Abbott, Franco Molinaro, Cindy White, Gary DeYoung, and Tom Heitz.
Abbott said she started training in September so that on the first day of the challenge this spring, she was ready to start right in and row for hours and hours.
“It’s quite a commitment,” Abbott added, “but the rowers on our team have a great camaraderie. I enjoy it and if I can, I will do it again next year.”
Six Fitness Pointe team members rowed more than half a million meters, 22 participants who rowed more than 200,000 meters and 45 participants with more than 100,000 meters. Octogenarians Joe Neverauskos, of Munster, logged 213,071 meters and Lucy Magnetta, of Schererville, logged in 71,855 meters.