Nicholas Aronow: the Newest Driving Force in Junior Rowing

BETHEL, OHIO — Wednesday saw a high level of competition in the under 17 and under 19 semifinals at the 2019 USRowing National Championships. 

Continuing his strong showing in the U19 men’s single sculls was Nicholas Aronow of Oak Neck Academy, who slept in the back of his mom’s car as she drove overnight to the Ohio-based event following his win at the Under 19 National Team Trials in New Jersey on Monday.

“It’s pretty crazy,” said Aronow. “Getting to represent the U.S. in a world competition is just a dream come true. A year ago, I wouldn’t have expected any of this. I’m definitely hoping to bring home gold tomorrow. Ten years down the line, fingers crossed, I go to the Olympics. That’s the goal.”

In training, he also has learned to balance and keep up with his other priorities.

“It’s a juggle, but you always have to make time for what’s important,” Aronow said. “Just crew and school, those are the two pillars in my life right now. I have to focus on both of them. I get home from school, go straight to crew, and from there I just do homework and go to bed. It’s tough, but it’s a grind. Through hard work, this has all become possible.”

Aronow will face off against five other single scullers in  tomorrow’s final, as he finished first in his semifinal today. The Oak Neck rower was followed by Kolton Paxton of RowHouse, as the two clocked 7:25.585 and 7:38.247, respectively.

Additionally, Aronow was joined by teammate Brett Bosse in the U19 men’s double sculls, taking first in their semifinal to advance to tomorrow’s final. Finishing in a 6:51.549, the crew was followed by Rockland Rowing Association in 7:00.961.

Both of Saugatuck Rowing Club’s U17 women’s four with coxswain took first in their semifinals. The first four dominated the field, crossing the line in 7:38.940 ahead of second-place Community Rowing, Inc.’s 7:46.657. RowAmerica Rye took third in 7:49.438. The second Saugatuck crew clocked a 7:43.600 in its semifinal. Sydney University and Ready Set Row followed in 7:48.623 and 7:50.088, respectively. The six crews will face off in tomorrow’s final.

One semifinal in the U19 men’s quadruple sculls led to a photo finish, as the top four crews finished within three seconds of one another. Maritime Rowing Club took the top spot in 6:31.236, while Maritime’s B crew followed in 6:33.270. Texas Rowing Center just edged out Potomac Boat Club, taking the final qualifying spot for tomorrow’s final. The two finished in 6:33.761 and 6:34.006, respectively.

In an exciting semifinal for the U19 women’s four, Saugatuck and RowAmerica Rye pulled ahead of the other crews down the course. Saugatuck came out on top in 7:25.209, just ahead of RowAmerica’s 7:25.518, calling for a photo finish. The crews will face off again in tomorrow’s finals alongside the top two finishers from the other semifinals.

Racing is scheduled to continue with 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. 

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Additionally, the 16th-Annual College Fair will take place at this year’s national championships and is an opportunity for rising seniors to meet with coaches from over 70 colleges from across the country. The event will run Thursday, July 11, from 11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. and Friday, July 12, from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Program office hours determined by each school.

Attendees can catch some of the nation’s most competitive racing, as top athletes go head-to-head in the women’s and men’s elite/senior single sculls. With a new format for the U.S. Lotman Challenge races, the USRowing National Championships is one of three qualifying events this year, as the winners of the elite/senior singles will proceed to leg two.

This year, USRowing has again partnered with CaptainU as its exclusive online athlete recruiting partner, providing rowers with a free recruiting profile and resources for rowing in college. The profile allows athletes to publish erg scores, academics and videos all in one place, connect directly with college rowing programs, search colleges to find the best fit and receive guidance throughout the recruiting process.

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.

USRowing will be live broadcasting all semifinals and finals 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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