Three Youth National Qualifiers Set for this Weekend

Eight qualification regattas are now in the books on the road to the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships presented by Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism. This week, crews at three regattas will get their opportunity to race for spots in the national championships and join the more than 300 boats that have already qualified to race on Lake Natoma.

Held May 18-20 on Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Wash., the USRowing Northwest Youth Championships will feature 1,555 athletes from 31 clubs racing in 762 boats. Green Lake Crew leads the way in number of entries, with 46 boats scheduled to compete across the 66 events. The men’s novice double sculls has the largest number of entries at 36, while the women’s novice double sculls has a 32-boat field.

“With 762 entries, this is by far our largest Northwest Youth Championships ever,” said USRowing National Events and West Coast Program Manager James Rawson. “It’s great to see such a deep mix of sweep and sculling races. From 68 entries in the novice men’s and women’s doubles to some of the fastest eights in the country, it will be exciting to watch the current speed of the region, while getting a glimpse of the athletes of the future.”

The USRowing Northeast Youth Championships will see 1,145 athletes from 48 clubs rowing in 468 boats at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Held May 19-20, the regatta has 42 events being contested. The women’s youth single sculls has 22 entries, while the women’s youth novice four with coxswain has 21 entries. With 38 boats scheduled to race, Community Rowing, Inc., will be bringing the largest fleet to Worcester.

“The Northeast is one of our most competitive fields in the country. Many of the championship finals at youth nationals have multiple boats from this region in the same race,” said USRowing Senior Events Manager AJ Dominique. “This weekend’s event promises to be full of close racing.”

Held May 19-20 on Harsha Lake in Bethel, Ohio, the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships will feature 38 clubs racing in 462 boats. With 42 events being contested, the boy’s varsity single sculls and boy’s first varsity double sculls lead the way in entries with 20 each. Host Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club and Westerville Rowing Club have the most crews entered in the regatta, with 35 boats scheduled to race.

Last weekend, 175 crews across five regattas earned qualification spots in the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships.

At the 2018 USRowing Southeast Youth Championships in Sarasota, Fla., Sarasota Crew qualified 11 crews for youth nationals on its way to winning the overall, men’s and women’s team points trophies. Miami Rowing and Watersports Center had the second most crews to qualify with four.

Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer Junior Rowing Club won the overall and women’s team points trophies, while Gonzaga College High School Crew won the men’s team points trophy at the 2018 USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships. PNRA qualified nine boats for Natoma, while South Jersey Rowing Club qualified six crews.

Held on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the 2018 New York State Scholastic Championships saw Saratoga Rowing Association qualify 10 boats for youth nationals, while RowAmerica Rye qualified five boats.

At the 2018 Midwest Scholastic Championships on Dillon Lake in Nashport, Ohio, New Trier High School qualified six crews for youth nationals, winning the overall and women’s team points trophies, while Skyline Crew qualified three boats. St. Ignatius Wildcat Rowing won the men’s points trophy.

At the 2018 Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax Station, Va., Albemarle High School, West Albemarle High School and TC Williams High School all qualified two boats for nationals.

Now in its 24th year, the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships presented by Rancho Cordova Travel & 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. Click here for more information on the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships.

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