Day One Complete at 2019 Youth National Championships

Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla. — The first day of racing at the 2019 USRowing Youth National Championships came to a close as competitors completed time trials for all 18 events contested at the championship. Varying by event, the top eight or nine boats in time trials directly progressed to Saturday’s semifinals, with the exclusion of the women’s lightweight eight category, in which the top six boats earned automatic progessions.

Women’s single sculler Katelin Gildersleeve from Dallas Rowing Club finished atop the leaderboard, just ahead of West Cambridge’s Cassandra Reed, who represented Team USA in the event at the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships. The Stanford commit crossed the line in 7:27.980, while Reed clocked a 7:33.183. Seattle Rowing Center’s Kathryn Edwards finished third in 7:40.100.

Although Gildersleeve improved on her times from last year, she knows there is always room for improvement.

“I have better strokes to take, but I’m excited for the rest of the races and the rest of the weekend,” said Gildersleeve. “[I’m taking it] one race at a time, one practice at a time. I try to do the absolute best I can, so I can keep doing what I love to do. I wake up every morning excited to row and I can’t wait to keep rowing. One day, I would like to go to the Olympics.”

She alongside the other top nine finishers will have Friday to recharge, as it will be filled with repechage racing for crews that did not automatically qualify for semifinals. The afternoon will see D final racing, to determine places 19 through 25 overall in each event.

In the men’s single sculls, the semifinals promise to be close, as places two through five were all separated by fewer than four seconds in today’s time trials. Nicholas Aronow of Oak Neck Academy had the fastest time in the category at 6:51.586, while La Salle College High School’s Joseph Wilbur followed in 6:53.159. Max Heid, who took home bronze in the event at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, placed third with a time of 6:55.203, narrowly outpacing Jack Stone who crossed with a time of 6:55.999.

The Los Gatos men’s pair of Pablo Matan and Je-Woo Im finished in 6:33.538, narrowly edging out second-place Seattle Rowing Center, which clocked a 6:33.668. Rounding out the top three is Bromfield Acton Boxborough’s Stefan Scornavacca and Benjamin Buchovecky, 2.52 seconds behind SRC.

The women’s pair from the Connecticut Boat Club set a high bar for the competition, finishing time trials almost a full 11 seconds ahead of the next fastest pair. Both Julia Abbruzzese and Catherine Garrett were members of the 2018 USRowing Under 19 National Team and won gold together in the four with coxswain at last year’s youth nationals.

In the men’s lightweight eight, the top nine boats would automatically qualify for the semifinals and places nine through eleven were separated by less than a second. Greenwich Crew crossed in 5:49.462, earning themselves the ninth spot and a direct progression. Following them was New Trier with a time of 5:50.214 in tenth place and Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club in eleventh place 0.198 seconds behind New Trier.

A full list of today’s time trial results as well tomorrow’s schedule of racing can be found on

Repechage races will run Friday morning, giving crews another chance to qualify for Saturday’s semifinals, while D finals will run Friday afternoon. Saturday’s racing will consist of A/B semifinals in the morning and C finals in the afternoon. Sunday will see A finals in the morning followed by B finals in the afternoon.

An Olympic Day celebration will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at which Olympians will be at the USRowing membership tent to sign autographs and take photos. Commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games on June 23, 1894, Olympic Day’s mission is to promote fitness, well being, culture and education, while celebrating the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. From May 31-June 30, communities across the United States will celebrate Olympic Day 2019 through educational programming and other activities.

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Starting Friday, USRowing will be live broadcasting the remainder of the event on USRowing’s YouTube Channel. Athletes and families are welcome to view and download photos of the event for free on Galleries will be updated each day of the event.

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