Semifinals Set After Friday Racing at Youth Nationals
By Dan Brauchli • June 7, 2019
Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.–Semifinals are now set for the 2019 USRowing Youth National Championships, following Thursday’s repechage racing. Morning racing gave crews a second chance to progress into the semifinals.
Just a year ago, Veda Seay and Sara Kate White were rowing for rivaling clubs in Tennessee. After East Tennessee Rowing Club disbanded this past year, White, along with many of her teammates, turned to Atomic Rowing Club for a place to keep training, competing and racing.
“At the end of last year, our neighboring club out of Maryville, East Tennessee shut down and disbanded,” said Atomic Rowing Coach, Evelyn Radford. “Several of their athletes wanted to continue training through the winter, so we opened our doors to them. We got about 25 competitive athletes.”
After coming together this past winter, Seay and White are racing together this weekend in the women’s lightweight double. After yesterday’s time-trial, the two had to face today’s semifinal, in which they needed to win their race in order to advance to tomorrow’s semifinal.
Coming through the 1,000 meter mark, the crew was over three seconds down on Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer. Fighting their way back into the lead over the second half of the race, the Atomic double crossed the line in 7:47.576, ahead of PNRA/Mercer’s 7:49.625 and earning that semifinal spot.
“We knew we were comfortable in the back [of the field], that’s how we raced regionals,” said Seay. “We had confidence in our sprint, we really know how to turn it on in the end.”
Today’s second repechage race for the men’s lightweight double ended in a photo finish in which the top three finishers were separated by 0.16 seconds. The Texas Rowing Center crew of Walker Meyer and Marco Ozzello crossed the line in 6:57.72, followed almost immediately by Minneapolis Rowing Club, in 6:57.76. The two crews narrowly edged out Narragansett Boat Club, which finished in 6:57.88. Texas and Minneapolis will race in tomorrow’s semifinals, while Narragansett will race in the C final tomorrow to determine places 13 through 18 overall in the event.
The men’s single also had a photo finish in repechage two. Maximilian Dewolf of New Canaan Boat Club crossed the line first in 7:24.29, earning a spot in tomorrow’s semifinals. He will be joined by Brooks School’s Nathaniel Wirth who finished in 7:24.43. South Orlando Rowing Association’s Marcus Rivera will race in tomorrow’s C final after crossing the line third in 7:24.62.
The third and final photo finish of the morning was in the women’s lightweight eight. Atlanta Junior Rowing Association and Green Lake Crew finished first and second in 7:02.25 and 7:02.37, respectively. With three crews advancing out of the repechage for the event, third-place Parati Competitive Rowing will join the semi as it finished in 7:05.10.
This afternoon saw D finals contested in 17 events to determine the final overall places of competitors.
Winning the D final and earning No. 19 overall in the men’s single was Titus Huber of Indianapolis Rowing Center. Huber crossed the line in 7:51.58, 3.61 seconds ahead of Camp Randall’s Martijn den Boon. Not only is Huber the youngest in his family, but he is the fifth member of his family to compete at a USRowing Youth National Championships event.
A full list of today’s time trial results as well tomorrow’s schedule of racing can be found on HereNow.com.
Racing is scheduled to resume tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m.*, consisting of A/B semifinals in the morning and C finals, for places 13 through 18 overall, in the afternoon. Sunday will see A finals in the morning followed by B finals for places 7 through 12 overall 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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