25 Champions Crowned on Day Three of National Championships

BETHEL, Ohio — The U17 and U19 national champions were crowned Thursday during day three of the USRowing National Championships. 

Saugatuck Rowing Club started the day strong, claiming both the gold and silver medal in the women’s U17 four with coxswain. The A boat came in first with a time of 7:29.173, pulling away from the B boat in the last 250 meters. The B boat finished in second place with a time of 7:33.251. Community Rowing, Inc., crossed the line third in 7:37.165.

“It’s great motivation. Whether you came off the water and had a great experience or you came off the water without a great result, all of that is motivating,” said Anna Yamamoto, assistant junior girls coach. “It makes you want to keep moving forward or makes you want to dig a little deeper and find out what you need to do next.”

The boats combined to race in the U17 women’s eight later in the morning. 

“Going one race to the next, it’s about a lot of recovery,” Yamamoto said. “We do work in both boats and mental preparation and physical recovery is really important. A lot of work has been put in to where the boats are today. We’re excited, but we know we have a lot of work to do. We have a long way to go.”

The eight earned gold, as it crossed the line in 6:47.772, ahead of second- and third-place CRI and Ready Set Row.

“This week, the most important thing for the team to take away was experience and not results,” said assistant coach Caitlin Esse. “We’re just happy that, top to bottom, everybody got in some great racing.”

The first photo finish of the day came in the women’s U19 double sculls, as the Y Quad Cities duo of Emma Mask and Ella Saunders beat out the Potomac crew of Lauren Benedict and Annika Gromek with a time of 7.32.273. Potomac surged during the sprint, but ended up in second place by just 0.128 seconds. RowAmerica Rye took third in 7:42.040.

Nicholas Aronow continued his streak of success, winning the U19 men’s single sculls in 7.11.212. His Oak Neck Rowing Academy teammate, Brett Bosse, also made the medal stand, finishing in third place with a time of 7:22.726. Taking the silver medal was Curtis Alter from RowAmerica Rye, who crossed the line in 7:19.240. 

Oak Neck also claimed gold in five other races. John McNicholas and Johannes Bressel won gold in the U17 men’s double with a time of 6:58.224. McNicholas doubled his gold medal count with a first-place finish in the U17 men’s single, finishing in 7:33.712. Ella Barry clocked a 8:11.357, winning the U19 women’s single. The U17 women’s double sculls of Jacqueline Oruci and Alexandra Weilert finished 11 seconds ahead of the field with a final time of 7:41.364. 

Calling for another photo finish was the U17 women’s quad. Community Rowing, Inc., clinched first in 7:06.793, while Y Quad Cities claimed the silver just ahead of the crew from Maritime. They finished in 7:10.375 and 7:11.071, respectively. 

RowAmerica Rye leads the Overall Team Points and Men’s Points Trophies, while Row West Racing Camp leads the Women’s Points Trophy.

Click here for a full list of racing results. Click here for the team points’ standings.

Racing is scheduled to continue with intermediate and elite/senior racing time trials on Friday, with semifinals following on Saturday and finals on Sunday. 

Additionally, the 16th-Annual College Fair kicked off today at this year’s national championships. It 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 are 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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