Six members from the crew team at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women set the record for continuous hours on a rowing machine while raising $2,000 in support of Rochester Community Inclusive Rowing.
The Erg-athon, named after the rowing machine the girls used, recently took place at Our Lady of Mercy School. Seniors Megan Kilmartin, Izzy Lafler and Ally Seymour; junior Bridey Ryan; sophomore Olivia Schaertl; and graduate Mary Kosanke rowed for 24 hours straight, rowing a total of 268,133 meters, or 166.6 miles. In doing so, they set an endurance Concept2 world record in their age category.
“I had a lot of fun doing this, and I’m very proud of everyone who helped us set this record,” said Ryan. “RCIR is a great program that really deserves the support of our community, and I’m glad I could be a part of it.”
In support of the girls’ efforts, Mercy P.E. Teacher Stephanie Barbero also set a Concept2 world record in her age group during the Erg-athon. Barbero edged out a rower from Australia by rowing 188,962 meters in 25 hours.