Three From Vesper Recognized by the Schuylkill Navy as Athletes of the Year

2014 Schuylkill Navy Athletes of the Year: Mary Jones (open female), Yohann Rignongne (open male), and Shannon Kaplan (masters female)

Mary Jones, Yohann Rigongne, and Shannon Kaplan were recognized as the Open Female, Open Male, and Masters Female Schuylkill Navy 2014 Athletes of the Year.

Shannon, one of the most exceptionally gifted athletes in our [the Philadelphia] community. A strong cyclist and multi-sport competitor, Shannon is a multi-time elite national rowing champion, a multi-time Head of the Charles Regatta champion, and has won the Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta every year since 2004 in at least 2 events …Including in 2014 ! Arguably, there are a LOT of years when we could have honored Shannon…we’re just finally doing it now. On top of that, she finds time for her work as an engineer and serves in multiple leadership roles at Vesper. A true stand-out, to be sure Congrats, Shannon!

MARY’s most memorable sporting achievement was winning first place in the women’s lightweight single at the Head of the Charles…The most influential people in her sporting career are Jada Leo, Michiel Bartman, Scott Wisniewski, Sean Clarke and her parents, Wayne and Elysa Jones…She hopes to represent the U.S. at future world championships and possibly the Olympic Games. (source: USRowing)

YOHANN’s most memorable sporting achievement was winning the French junior national title in the men’s double sculls with Alexandre Belgy…He started rowing because his dad rowed for one season and he decided to give it a try…The most influential person in Yohann’s sporting career is Jean Christophe Rolland who received a gold medal in the pair at the 2000 Olympic Games because he showed Yohann that everything is possible during a race…He hopes to make the U.S. National Team for the 2015 World Rowing Championships in France and then make the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete in 2016…Yohann is engaged…After his rowing career, he hopes to focus more on his future family, kids and traveling more. (source: USRowing)