Age Difference at Masters Nationals Brings Unique Experience to Competitors

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Day two of racing kicked off at 9:00 a.m. Friday morning, highlighted by finals in 69 race categories.

The Ohio-based Greater Columbus Rowing Association (GCRA) made the trip to Michigan and won five medals on day one, four gold and a silver. They started day two with the heats in the mixed double sculls in two age categories. Kristina Hallof and Ryan Briggs teamed up to race in the A category and have enjoyed rowing with and against competitors of different ages.

“We come up with all different combos, and it’s a lot of fun,” said Briggs. “You get to see people you wouldn’t normally race against.”

With many rowers of different ages in a boat, each brings their own unique aspect to the sport.

“With the younger people, they bring in a lot of speed and power,” said Hallof. “The older rowers bring a lot of relaxing and fun, and it can be a really cool dynamic out [on the water]. It’s really, really cool.”

Being from a bordering state definitely inspired the Columbus crew to make the most out of the experience.

“Having it so close, I think it really helped the numbers,” said Hallof. “There’s a lot of teams in the Midwest too.”

Briggs drives the team trailer and enjoyed the relatively short commute. 

“[A Midwest location] made it so easy to get here, a great trip,” said Briggs. “Grand Rapids has been a great city.”

Rowing will continue Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. with heats and semifinals before the finals in those events begin around 4:00 p.m. Finals will run until just after 7:00 p.m. Rowers, family, friends, and spectators can enjoy the park for free, which features food trucks, a beer garden, vendor tents, and much more in addition to the racing. 

Each day’s finals races will be streamed live on USRowing’s YouTube channel. Results from each day’s racing and the upcoming schedule will be available on HereNOW. Entries, club lists, and more event information can be found on RegattaCentral. Photos of the event will be posted on by the end of each day. The event is being hosted in partnership with the West Michigan Sports Commission and the West Michigan River Sports Association. USRowing would like to thank Connect-A-Dock for sponsoring this year’s USRowing Masters National Championships. 

In conjunction with AssuredPartners, Burnham Boat Slings, Gutzy, Neilsen-Kellerman, RowAmerica, Rower, and Vespoli, USRowing Productions is able to stream the event finals live on our YouTube page and on the Jumbotron at masters nationals. This allows rowing fans in the venue and from across the country the opportunity to be part of one of the biggest rowing events in the United States in 2019.

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