U17 and U19 Time Trials Complete at National Championships

HARSHA LAKE, OHIO–The first day of racing at the 2019 USRowing National Championships came to a close as competitors completed time trials for all 24 events in the U17 and U19 age categories. The fastest boats in the high-entry events in the time trials progressed to Wednesday’s semifinals, while events with a small number of entries saw boats advance directly to Thursday’s finals.

Central Ohio Rowing, project of Dublin Crew, was created this year with the goal of creating a more expansive program for the surrounding Columbus area. The newly renamed club raced its first ever crew at the National Championship in the women’s pair.

15-year-old Ava Wehner got into the sport of rowing only a year ago, courtesy of her older brother. 

“[He] rowed on this team and so I tried their Learn to Row and I loved it, so I joined,” said Wehner. Going from a first-time rower to a national championship in one year can be difficult for some. It was a little more different than I expected.” 

Taylor Nagel, who rounds out the pair with Wehner, added, “we competed a group up, so it was a little nerve-wracking, but I felt like we held our own. It’s important to get the club off to a strong competitive start and I feel like we accomplished that here today.”

The goal in expanding the club is to bring more young athletes into the sport. 

“We hope it will bring kids in, get more kids involved with the sport of rowing, and enjoy rowing more,” said head coach Chris Swartz. “It was a really nice start for the club and for the pair.”

The overall impact for the club was a positive one coming out of the National Championships. 

“We are all excited that this will build a competitive program that’s really going to move us forward, not only in central Ohio, but throughout the United States,” said Swartz. 

After finishing first at Mega Trials yesterday and declaring his spot on the 2019 junior national team in the men’s single sculls, Nicholas Aronow (Oak Neck Academy) finished ahead of the U19 men’s singles pack with a time of 7:05.281. Clocking the second- and third-fastest times was Curtis Alter (RowAmerica Rye) and Brett Bosse (Oak Neck Academy). The two finished in 7:13.550 and 7:14.523, respectively.

The U19 women’s double sculls is a tightly packed field, as spots one through 10 all finished within a seven-second window, with four through 10 separated by only two seconds. Finishing first in the time trials was the RowAmerica Rye crew of Ashley Giannetti and Clara Sutherland, which finished in 7:29.734. Right behind them was Emma Mask and Ella Saunders from Y Quad Cities, who posted a 7:30.163. Taking third was Ava Sack and Annika Ehrlacher from Vesper Boat Club, who crossed the line in 7:30.810. Those in the top 18 will advance to the semifinals.

Racing is scheduled to continue with U19 and U17 semifinals on Wednesday, followed by U19 and U17 finals on Thursday. On Friday, intermediate and elite/senior racing is scheduled to begin, with semifinals following on Saturday and finals on Sunday. 

Teams at the USRowing National Championships compete for the Colgan Cup Overall Team Points Trophy, the Sulgar-Barnes Men’s Points Trophy and the Marion D. Ventura Women’s Points Trophy.

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

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

Stay connected with us! Tag @USRowing in your photos and tweets by using the hashtag #USRnats19.

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