First Times and Fast Times at Club National Championships
By USRowing Staff • July 15, 2017
BETHEL, Ohio — At the 2017 USRowing Club National Championships, medals are contested by a variety of teams across the country. Some clubs are accustomed to racing on a national scale and have their sights set on medaling, while newer teams, like Tennessee River Rowing Association, enjoy the sheer experience just as much as the pursuit of a medal.
TRRA was created this summer to give junior athletes, like Larkin Brown, an opportunity for more rowing experience outside of the academic year.
Brown is confident that rowing at a young club with new teammates was challenging at first, but ultimately helped improve her skills as a rower.
“In the beginning, it was hard to get the feel of everything, but after the first week, we were able to get together and pick it up,” Brown said. “I’m really glad that I did it.”
Brown and the rest of TRRA brought the same positive attitude and focus to Club Nationals this year. The team, eager to gain experience, raced five boats in various Under 17 and Under 19 events.
Most notably in TRRA’s first Club Nationals, Brown and her pair partner Kathryn Nash placed fourth in the Under 19 pair. The two finished just 3 seconds shy of a bronze medal in yesterday’s racing. Hard work and countless hours of preparation resulted in a race the two surely will not forget.
“This experience has definitely helped me get stronger, mentally and physically,” Brown said. “I’m just going to take this, grow from it… and bring what I’ve learned back to my school team.”
Also representing TRRA, Nash and teammate Meagan Haustein competed in today’s women’s Under 19 double sculls semifinal, finishing seventh.
Today, with reduced humidity and ideal racing conditions, heats for nine events and semifinals for an additional 13 events were held on Lake Harsha. The day began with three heats for the women’s elite/senior single sculls in the inaugural year of the U.S. Lotman Challenge.
Felice Mueller posted the fasted time for the event, placing first in her heat in 7:42.43. She will advance to the final and compete along with Emily Huelskamp, Elizabeth Sonshine, Ellen Tomek, Kara Kohler, and Meghan O’Leary. The race will take place tomorrow at 8:24 a.m. and is likely to show fast finishes, as two-thirds of the field is made up of Olympians. Mueller, Tomek, and O’Leary all represented the United States at the 2016 Olympic Games, while Kohler represented the U.S. Olympic team in 2012, winning a bronze medal in the women’s quadruple sculls.
The rest of the day welcomed close racing. A photo finish revealed that the USRowing Junior Men’s High-Performance Camp D boat narrowly edged out Community Rowing Inc. for second place in the closest finish of the day. In the second semifinal for the U19 men’s eight, the HP Camp crew crossed the line in a time of 6:20.802, just 0.009 seconds over CRI. Both teams will advance to the final tomorrow at 9:48 a.m.
Additionally, in the women’s Under 19 quadruple sculls, Community Rowing Inc. qualified for tomorrow’s final in a lineup composed of two sets of twins. Olivia Larder, Isabella Larder, Irene Ulitsky and Ellen Ulitsky finished first in their semifinal in 7:10.99, the fastest time in the event today.
Racing will continue tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. with finals for 36 events. Crews will race for medals, as well as points towards the Colgan Cup. Men’s and women’s overall team points titles will also be awarded.
The awards ceremony for events 40-79 will take place from 10:00-2:00 p.m. tomorrow. The winner of the women’s Lotman Challenge will take place between 10:00 -11:30 p.m. Presentation of the Colgan Cup, as well as the Men’s and Women’s Team points trophies, will be presented at 2:00 p.m.
Following the end of racing tomorrow, USRowing will host its 14th-annual College Fair for rising seniors and collegiate coaches. The event will run from 2:00-4:00 p.m., providing an opportunity for high school athletes interested in collegiate rowing to connect with coaches following a week of racing.
Click here to see the list of colleges attending the fair.
Athletes are encouraged to bring a rowing resume – an example can be found here.
Watch the live stream broadcast for today’s racing on USRowing’s YouTube Channel.
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Written by Elise Gorberg, firstname.lastname@example.org