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Conestoga and Mercer Excel at 2012 USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth District Championships
May 16, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J. – With the final weekend for USRowing’s Junior District Championships approaching, the slots for the 2012 USRowing Youth National Championships are filling up.
Fifty-one more crews won the right to race on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn., June 8-10 in competition at the 2012 USRowing Mid-Atlantic District Championships on Mercer Lake, N.J., May 11-12.
Leading the way for the most bids won was Conestoga High School Crew, which took six spots, placing first and third in the men’s youth varsity four, first and second in the women’s youth varsity four, third in the men’s youth varsity double, and first in the women’s youth varsity double.
Regatta co-host, Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Junior Rowing Club, followed Conestoga taking five bids, winning the women’s youth varsity four, finishing second in the men’s youth varsity eight, the lightweight women’s youth varsity eight, and the women’s youth varsity pair and finishing third in the women’s youth varsity eight.
“I thought we had a solid team performance,” said Mercer head coach Sean McCourt. “The kids worked hard all year towards that goal and it was good to finally see them reap the rewards of their sacrifice and hard work.
“As a co-host, I thought the regatta went pretty smoothly. Obviously, weather helps. When you get good weather, everything is perfect and it’s the best place to row. Races seemed to go pretty much on schedule.”
Also putting up a solid effort was Moorestown Crew, which won four spots in the lightweight events. Moorestown won the lightweight women’s eight, took first and third in the lightweight men’s youth four and third in the lightweight youth men’s eight.
For complete results, visit http://www.usrowing.org/Events/RegionalRegattas/MAJuniors/2012MAJuniorResults.aspx.
The first of the four youth district championships was contested May 5-6 with the Southwest Junior District Championships. The remaining two will take place on May 19-20 with the Northeast District Championships and the Northwest District Championships set to run three days, from May 18-20.
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