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World Rowing Title Stays in Munster

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For the fifth year in-a-row, Community Hospital's Fitness Pointe Team clinches the World Rowing title by rowing over 21-million-300-thousand meters-or roughly 13-thousand 270-miles--the distance from Northwest Indiana to Tokyo, Japan and back!  Community Hospital says the event sponsored by Concept2, a manufacturer of indoor rowing equipment, the challenge took place March 15th to April 15th at the medically-based fitness center on Calumet Ave.
According to Fitness Pointe, “We are proud to call our team ‘champions’ and appreciate their personal efforts to strive to be their very best,” said Nikki Sarkisian, fitness facility supervisor for Fitness Pointe. “It takes commitment, endurance, strength and stamina to earn this title one time and our team has done that five-times over.”
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Team members (L-R)  Franco Molinaro of St. John, Judy Abbott of Munster, and Gary DeYoung (Munster) rowed more than one million meters. With 1,721,000 meters, DeYoung came in 1st place overall nationwide, out of 4,254 participants.    
Five members of the Fitness Pointe team rowed more than 500,000 meters: John Neighbors, Griffith (711,107); William Russell, Dyer (620,507); Kimberly Jenkins, Munster (561, 215); Ed Lebryk, Munster (548,000) and Evelyn Nelson of Lansing (536,603).
Twenty participants rowed more than 200,000 meters including: John Bracik, Lynwood; Monty Walker, Cedar Lake; Anna Konda, Munster; Brad Rathert, Munster; Jerry Sabo, Highland, Jamie Montanez, Highland; MacDaniel Adams, Hammond; Pattie Dobin, Cedar Lake; Stephen Shu, Schererville; Dan Chapman, Munster; Pat Kaczmarcyk, Dyer; Ron Cimarolli, Calumet City; Joe Arias, Schererville; Joe Neverauskas, Munster; Sue Arias, Schererville; Diane Bragiel, Munster; Ken Eggebrecht, Calumet City; Marty Puzon, Schererville; Mary Jo Saksa, Munster and Barbara Williams, Hammond.   
Thirty-three participants rowed more than 100,000 meters including: Diana Hector, Schererville; Jon Furdek, Munster; Ken Anderson, Schererville; Jo Ban, Chicago; Sherry Hrisinko, Munster; Dick Ban, Chicago; Don Harmon, Dyer; Jim Pillarella, Munster; Janet Gremba, Lansing; Adolph Ferber, Schererville; Jeff Pashen, Schererville; Donna Manous, Munster; Victor Haupt, Lansing; Mike Illjanich, Munster; Tony Yvanakus, Crete; Carl Markstone, Crown Point; Donald Padilla, Dyer; Tom Pilewski, Lansing; Chuck Zondor, St. John; George Korthauer, Dyer; Jerry Stokes, Griffith; Nancy Weinberg, Munster; Shailash Bhatt, Munster; Bonny Bishop, Highland; Bill Westfield, Munster; Sandy Franczak, St. John; Lynda Neighbors, Griffith; Don Visnack, Munster and John Bonner, Munster. In addition, nonagenarian Lucy Magnetta of Schererville logged in 104,483 meters.
Community Hospital Fitness Pointe helps individuals achieve life-long health and fitness through innovative, quality programs, state of the art equipment and highly credentialed staff. For more information about the programs and services available visit our web site at
For more information about Concept2 programs and challenges, visit online at


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