Athletes Medal Twice at 2019 USRowing Youth National Championships
By Maeve Berry • June 9, 2019
Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.–The 2019 USRowing Youth National Championships have come to a close with 18 national champions being crowned.
The women’s pair of 2018 Under 19 national-teamers Julia Abbruzzese and Catherine Garrett had a strong showing this year, winning the same event today in 7:35.942. Lindsey Rust and Carter Shields of Port Rowing 7:41.230 finished second, just ahead of the crew from Triangle Rowing Club of Brooke Benestad and Sophia Von Dauber, which clocked a 7:43.254.
“We’ve been working towards this all season, so it was awesome to end like that,” Garrett said.
“It’s great that it played out the way it did,” said Abbruzzese. “It was a lot of hard work, but worth it.”
The two doubled up to race the four with Connecticut Boat Club teammates Victoria Van Ingen, Heidi Jacobson and Katherine Batson, having little time in-between races to recover from their first 2,000 meter sprint of the morning. Though, having the mindset to “get up and stay up, row hard and win”, as explained by Van Ingen, paid off.
“I really think you have to prepare for that next race,” Abbruzzese said. “We got to the docks and stuck our feet in cold water and had cold towels on us; we were all set to go for the next race.”
“It was all adrenaline, honestly,” said Garrett. “It was focus on the pair first, get back to the dock and just go, go, go.”
And ‘go, go, go’ the crew did, as CBC got ahead in the first 500 meters of the fours competition and won in a time of 7:00.809.
“That was the most fun and fastest race I’ve ever had,” Batson said.
RowAmerica Rye took second in the fours race, crossing the line in 7:04.497, while Marina Aquatic Center finished third in 7:07.657.
In the first race of the day, Oak Neck Academy single sculler Nicholas Aronow narrowly edged out Max Heid of Seattle Scullers. Heid was quick through the first 500 meters, holding onto first through the 1500, but Aronow dug deep and powered through Heid, earning gold in 7:10.680. Heid was just 0.081 seconds behind and was followed by Theory Millar of California Yacht Club in 7:14.619.
The closest photo finish of the day was between Holy Names Academy’s and PNRA/Mercer’s women’s eights. Defending champion, Saugatuck Rowing Association nearly had open water on all crews through the 1,000 and came out on top, even after a late charge from Greenwich Crew. Saugatuck and Greenwich took the top two spots in 6:24.365 and 6:26.781, respectively. PNRA was up on Holy Names for the majority of the race, but the latter crew progressively closed in to take bronze in 6:28.055. PNRA clocked a 6:28.071.
Also coming down to the sprint and a photo finish was the men’s youth four. Through the core of the 2,000-meter race, Belmont Hill had a lead on the other five crews. Saratoga Rowing Association and PNRA/Mercer were neck and neck for second place and used that battle to overtake Belmont in the final stretch. Saratoga clinched first in 6:20.864, followed by PNRA and Belmont in 6:21.150 and 6:26.272, respectively.
2018 Under 19 National Team athlete Cassandra Reed of West Cambridge took first in the women’s single sculls in 7:49.152, over 10 seconds ahead of second place.
Two Los Gatos men’s pairs took home gold and bronze, finishing in 6:50.536 and 7:01.107. Seattle Rowing Center earned silver.
Seattle Rowing Center earned first in the men’s lightweight double 6:42.207 and was followed by Long Beach Juniors and Belen Jesuit Crew.
The Three Rivers Rowing Association earned first in the women’s lightweight double with a time of 7:23.192. Narragansett followed closely behind in second and Seattle claimed third.
The men’s double was won by Miami Rowing in 6:34.780, while Redwood Scullers took second and Oregon Unlimited for third.
Y Quad Cities continued its domination in women’s double and quadruple sculls, winning both for the second and sixth years in a row, respectively. Delaney Evans and Taylor English raced the double, then teamed up with Brenna Morley and Emma Mask for the quad. Additionally, most of the rowers competed in those respective events in years past at the championships.
Canisius High School clocked a 6:30.860 to win the lightweight men’s four, holding onto first through the whole race. Mt. Baker Crew and New Canaan High School followed in second and third, respectively.
Merion Mercy Academy clocked a 7:16.206 to take first in the lightweight women’s four. Rounding out the top three was Holy Names and New Trier with silver and bronze medals, respectively.
The men’s quad had a photo finish, as New Canaan just edged out California Yacht Club for the gold medal in 6:05.209. Conestoga Crew Club placed third.
Taking gold in the lightweight men’s eight was Newport Aquatic Center in 5:56.715. Within a couple seconds behind the crew was Sarasota and Saratoga, who took silver and bronze, respectively.
RowAmerica Rye claimed the top spot in the men’s eights, crossing the line in 5:45.306, earning the gold medal. Sarasota took second, while the fight for third made for a photo finish, with Greenwich getting their bow across for the bronze medal.
In the lightweight women’s eight, a photo finish determined second and third places. Greenwich crossed the line first in 6:40.595 and was followed by Marin and Sarasota, in the silver and bronze positions, respectively.
Congratulations to all 2019 national champions and competitors!
Additionally, racing in B finals for places 7-12 took place after the A finals and consisted of three photo finishes. For a complete list of results, visit HereNOW.
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