Five Youth National Qualifiers Set for this Weekend; Three in the Books

The road to the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships presented by Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism got underway last weekend with three YNC qualifiers. This week, crews at five different qualification regattas will get their chance to earn spots in the national championships.

Held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla., the USRowing Southeast Youth Championships will feature 1,406 athletes from 49 clubs racing in 416 boats. Hometown Sarasota Crew will have 51 boats competing in the event, followed by St. Andrew Rowing Club with 24. Racing, which will be held May 12-13, will be contested in 40 events, with the men’s under 17 four with coxswain having the most entries with 20.

“We are excited to welcome a record number of entries this year at Nathan Benderson Park,” said USRowing Senior Events Manager AJ Dominique. “Along with the Youth National Championship qualification events, we are excited to see strong entry numbers in the U17 and U15 events, showing the development and depth of the region. This is the first year that U15 races will be contested.”

The USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships will see 1,264 athletes from 39 clubs rowing in 369 boats at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. Also held May 12-13, the regatta has 36 events being contested. With 21 entries each, the women’s youth novice eight and men’s youth second four with coxswain have the most entries. Host Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer Junior Rowing Club will race 28 crews, while South Jersey Rowing Club has 25 boats scheduled to compete.

“We are really looking forward to another strong year at the 2018 USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships,” said USRowing National Events and West Coast Program Manager James Rawson. “This is always such a fantastic mix of scholastic and club teams going head-to-head, on a great course at Mercer County Park. It will be exciting to see who comes out on top and earns the bids for the Youth National Championships.”

Held May 12-13 on Dillon Lake in Nashport, Ohio, the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships includes 526 entries from 46 clubs. Races will be contested in 40 different boat classes, with the men’s high school varsity four with coxswain and men’s high school novice eight leading the way with 24 entries a piece. With 29 boats scheduled to race, Upper Arlington Crew out of Columbus, Ohio, has the most entries.

Held on on May 12-13 on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the New York State Scholastic Championships will feature approximately 3,600 athletes from 69 teams competing in 639 boats. The women’s varsity four with coxswain has 34 entries, followed by the men’s varsity four with coxswain with 33. Both junior varsity four with coxswain races have 32 entries. Saratoga Rowing Association leads the way with 56 crews scheduled to compete, while RowAmerica Rye has 34 boats racing at the regatta.

The Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships, scheduled for May 12 on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax Station, Va., will feature 206 boats from 47 clubs in 30 different events. Western Albemarle High School from Charlottesville has the most entries with 12.

Last weekend, 126 crew earned qualification spots in the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships across three regattas.

In Oklahoma City at the 2018 USRowing Central Youth Championships, Texas Rowing Center won the overall and women’s team points trophies, while OKC Riversport won the men’s team points trophy. OKC Riversport and Parati Competitive Rowing each qualified eight crews for youth nationals, while TRC qualified seven.

At the 2018 USRowing Southwest Youth Championships, Oakland Strokes won the women’s points trophy, with Newport Aquatic Center winning the men’s points trophy. Redwood Scullers led the way in qualifications with seven, followed by Capital Crew, California Yacht Club and Newport Aquatic Center with six each.

At the 2018 Philadelphia City Championships, Lower Merion High School Crew and Ridgewood Crew led the way as each qualified three boats for youth nationals.

Now in its 24th year, the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships presented by Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism will be held June 8-10 on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. Athletes must qualify for the event through one of 12 qualification regattas, which are held over the first four weekends of May. Click here for more information on the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships.

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