May Madness 2019: Three Youth National Qualifiers Complete, Nine More To Go!
By Maeve Berry • May 7, 2019
The race to qualify for the 2019 USRowing Youth National Championships began last weekend with competition at three events and will continue this coming weekend at five qualifiers.
Nearly 400 boats from 45 clubs are set to race across 40 events at the 2019 USRowing Southeast Youth Championships May 11-12 at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Sarasota Crew, which took home gold in the men’s eight at last year’s youth nationals, has the most entries at 43, followed by Atlanta Junior Rowing Association with 24.
“We’re excited to bring the event back to Oak Ridge this year for the first time since 2013,” said USRowing Senior Manager of Events A.J. Dominique III. “New for this year, we’ll be offering a team efficiency trophy to reward the program that earns the most points per competitor. This will provide expanded opportunities for teams to show the depth of their accomplishments at this year’s championship.”
The 2019 USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships has seen an incredible spike in entries from years past, with more than 430 entries from 56 different clubs. Host Princeton National Rowing Association-Mercer has the most entries and will send 29 crews onto its home course. South Jersey Rowing Club follows with 24 entries, then Germantown Friends School with 19.
“The event has attracted a strong mix of scholastic and club teams, making it the largest Mid-Atlantic regional to date,” said USRowing Events Coordinator A.J. Edenzon. “With the addition of a team points champion and a team efficiency champion, we are looking forward to some exciting and competitive racing on Mercer Lake.”
The championship will take place May 11-12 in West Windsor, N.J.
From May 11-12, 49 clubs will compete at the 2019 Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship on Dillon Lake in Nashport, Ohio. Bringing in well over 500 entries, the championship has grown over the years, as the region has seen more development in rowing. Skyline Crew tops the entry numbers with 28 and is followed closely by Huron Rowing Association and Northville High School Rowing Club with 25 entries each.
Taking place on May 11 on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax Station, Va., the 2019 Virginia Scholastic Rowing Championships will give dozens of clubs a chance to qualify for youth nationals. Western Albemarle is one of 46 teams competing and is responsible for 16 of the 200 crews entered. Albemarle High School and Great Bridge Crew Club follow with eight entries each.
The 2019 New York State High School Championships is bringing in 682 crews from 68 teams to compete on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The event also runs May 11-12, giving crews an opportunity to be named state champions and possibly move on to become national champions. The host, Saratoga Rowing Association, which claimed two medals at the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships, has the most entries at 56. RowAmerica Rye has proved to be competitive on the national level as well and follows with 31 entries.
Throughout May, crews will continue to earn eligibility to compete in the 20 events at the 2019 USRowing Youth National Championships. This past weekend, the first three qualifiers took place.
On Lake Natoma, 692 crews raced over three days at the 2019 USRowing Southwest Youth Championships. Marin Rowing Association won the women’s points trophy, while Newport Aquatic Center clenched the men’s side. Marin and Redwood Scullers each qualified seven crews for youth nationals, while Newport and Capital Crew qualified six a piece.
At the 2019 USRowing Central Youth Championships, 330 crews competed throughout the weekend on the Oklahoma River. OKC Riversport came out on top, winning the overall points trophy, as well as the women’s points trophy and efficiency trophy. Texas Rowing Center earned the most points on the men’s side. OKC qualified the most crews for youth nationals with 12, while TRC earned four spots.
Seventy-five clubs were in attendance at the 2019 Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association City Championships on the Schuylkill River. Mount Saint Joseph Academy earned the most team points with 214, followed by St. Joseph’s Prep with 190. St. Joseph’s, Radnor High School, Montclair High School, Haddon Township and the Haverford School each qualified three crews.
The 25th-annual USRowing Youth National Championships will be held in partnership with Visit Sarasota County and the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA) on June 6-9, 2019, at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. Athletes must qualify for the event through one of 12 qualification regattas, which are held over the first four weekends in May.