2018 Youth National Championships

presented by

Rancho Cordova TT

The 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships presented by Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism, will be held June 8-10, 2018, on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

Click here to read the official announcement.

The championships, which serve as the premier youth rowing event in the United States, sees approximately 1,500 athletes competing in more than 350 crews, representing some 150 teams from across the country – all vying for national titles in 18 boat classes.

Again this year USRowing has partnered with CaptainU as the exclusive online athlete recruiting partner of USRowing to provide rowers with a free recruiting profile and resources for rowing in college.

Click this link to get started and connect with college rowing programs attending this year’s event. The free recruiting profile will enable athletes to:

  • Publish erg scores, academics and videos all in one place
  • Connect directly with college rowing programs
  • Search colleges to find the best fit 
  • Receive guidance throughout the recruiting process

Sunday A&B Finals (Sunday, 6/10)

Heat Sheets and Results

Click below for links to the online heat sheets and results, provided by HereNow Timing.

Heat sheet up to date after Friday's racing.

“Crews will again experience one of the top venues in the country, which played  host to the 2017 IRAs and 2016 NCAA Rowing Championships. The staff at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center consistently  delivers top-notch events and the 2018 Youth National Championships presented by Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism, won’t be any different.”

-AJ Dominique III, Sr. Events Manager, USRowing

“The Sacramento State Aquatic Center, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism, and the Folsom Tourism Bureau, are extremely excited to be the host of the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships.  Together we look forward to bringing a championship experience to all of the athletes, coaches, families, and spectators. SACREWMENTO here you come!”

– Brian Dulgar, Director, Sacramento State Aquatic Center

Competitor Information

Regatta Packet Posted: March 1, 2018

First Qualification Regattas: May 4-6, 2018

Second Qualification Regattas: May 12-13, 2018

Third Qualification Regattas: May 18-20, 2018

Final Qualification Regatta: May 26, 2018

Team Information Packet

Team Check-in Form for coaching credentials and parking passes. Coaches will check in at the Aquatic Center before entering the park.

Course Traffic Pattern

Traffic pattern is the same for practice & racing sessions.

Event Drone Policy

Aerial drones are prohibited at the Lake Natoma venue, unless granted written approval by USRowing, California State Parks and Sacramento State Aquatic Center. Unapproved drones are not permitted anywhere on the regatta venue. Continued use of unapproved drones may result in penalties to the associated crew, and the operator may be subject to removal from the venue.

Special Events

USRowing Graduation Ceremony

In 2015, USRowing introduced the Graduation Ceremony to recognize the academic accomplishments of seniors competing at the Youth National Championships. Since that year, the ceremony has had nearly 1,000 attendees from around the country.

The ceremony will return this year, scheduled for Thursday, June 7, 2018, beginning at 6:30pm.

“Rowing in College” Program

Group Q&A Sessions:

Available both Friday and Saturday during the lunch sessions

Friday (12pm-12:45 p.m.) and Saturday (12:15-1:00 p.m.)

Come by the CaptainU tent for a group conversation with fellow college-bound rowers and their parents. Learn more about the recruiting timeline, the difference between club and varsity and more. There will be an opportunity for group discussion and question/answers.

Individual Sessions:

Have more specific questions that need answering? Sign up for a one-on-one session for the opportunity to discuss more specific details about your or your child’s college journey.

Sign up utilizing the below link.


Olympic Day

As part of the festivities around the final day of racing, USRowing will again host an Olympic Day in conjunction with the Youth National Championships.

Olympians will be on-site for meet-and-greet opportunities, autographs, and photos.

Saturday C Finals (Saturday, 6/9)

Semifinals (Saturday, 6/9)

Repechages (Friday, 6/8)

(There is no live streaming of the time trial Friday morning.)

USRowing Graduation Ceremony (VOD)

Coaches & Coxswains Meeting (VOD)

Youth National Championships Coaches Advisory Committee

Based on results from the 2017 post-regatta surveys, experience at the regional level, and best practices from a number of well-respected regattas across the country, USRowing has created a new Youth National Championships Coaches Advisory Committee.

The initial committee members were selected from those indicating their interest in serving, and offer a variety of leadership, backgrounds, and experiences that represents a cross section of the Youth Nationals community and constituency.

The inaugural committee members are (in alphabetical order):

  • Nick D’Antoni (Newport Aquatic Center)
  • Allen Eubanks (East Tennessee Rowing)
  • Sharon Kriz (Saugatuck, NE Youth Council Chair)
  • Sarah Low (Atlanta Jr., SE Youth Council Chair)
  • Joe Manion (USRowing Referee & Board of Directors)
  • Padraic McGovern (Everett Rowing, NW Rowing Council Jr Council)
  • Larry Muri (Fordham Prep, New York State Scholastics President)
  • Aaron Preetam (Germantown Friends)
  • Falesha Thrash (Texas Rowing Center, Central Youth Council Chair)
  • Mike Wallin (Chicago Rowing Foundation, MJRA Executive Committee)

Travel and Lodging

The 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships presented by Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism will be held at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, 1901 Hazel Avenue, Gold River, CA 95670.

Airport and Ground Transportation

The Sacramento State Aquatic Center is accessible by Sacramento International Airport (SMF).

Click here for driving directions.

  • SMF

    Sacramento International Airport

    Sacramento International Airport is approximately 35 miles from the venue and provides nonstop and connecting flight services to popular national and international destinations.

Travel and Lodging Partner

USRowing has partnered with EMC Venues to provide accommodation options for teams and spectators traveling to the 2018 Youth National Championships presented by Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism.

Book with EMC

Click the button to secure your rooms through EMC Venues.

Future Regatta Dates

USRowing is now accepting bids from organizations interested in hosting future Youth National Championships. Click the link below for full information on the requirements and bid timeline for consideration.

2019-2021 USRowing Youth Nationals Event Bid Packet


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