2019 Youth National Championships to be Held Over Four Days

From what started as a four-event invitational as part of the Collegiate National Championships in 1995, this year’s 25th-running of the USRowing Youth National Championships will be expanded to four days from its previous three-day format.

As the regatta continues to grow, it has become increasingly difficult to ensure that crews are able to compete through the full progression and that they have adequate practice opportunities to prepare for their next round of racing. This year’s four-day format will enable:

  • Extra flexibility in the schedule in order to give crews the best opportunity to complete all rounds of racing due to inclement weather
  • Better practice opportunities for crews during the regatta to prepare for their next races
  • More side-by-side racing for additional crews including additional placement finals

In addition, the fourth day provides:

  • More opportunities for inclusive/para rowing events to be added to the regatta

“Our intent is to always provide a great experience for all attending the Youth National Championships. We understand the concerns with extending the regatta to a fourth day, and more importantly, we regret that the format change was not communicated earlier to our organizations and coaches,” said USRowing Chief Domestic Officer Susan Smith. “Our hope is that this year’s changes provide a better race experience for all, and we will assess those changes moving forward. We are looking forward to what always is great racing in Sarasota and at youth nationals.”

Co-hosted by Visit Sarasota County and the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, the 2019 USRowing Youth National Championships will be held June 6-9 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.

The regatta will feature more than 350 crews and 1,500 athletes representing some 150 teams from across the country vying for national titles in 18+ boat classes.

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