Updated: Racing Concludes at Rain-Shortened 2019 USRowing Masters National Championships
By John Bartman • August 18, 2019
(Corrected 8/21: This article has been updated with corrected team points standings due to an error in the points calculations. The complete updated team standings are now available here.)
Grand Rapids, Mich. — The final day of racing at the 2019 USRowing Masters National Championships was cut short due to severe weather in the area, but still featured hours of racing.
One of the last teams to race was the Minneapolis Rowing Club, who raced two boats in the women’s club D quadruple sculls.
“This is a fabulous venue,” said one of the many members of the club who jumped into the interview. “We love the space, we love the trees, and we were here when masters nationals was hosted here last in 2014 and thought it was great and wanted to come back.”
The community and environment of the regatta really stood out to the crew.
“I think masters rowing shows people can stay active well into their 80s as octogenarian rowers,” said another member. “It’s inspiring to see people in their 80s still getting in a boat and rowing.”
They all agreed that their goal is to return to masters nationals together once they reach that age category.
Points trophies were awarded in the overall, women’s, men’s, club and efficiency categories. Due to an error in the points calculations, the team standings have been corrected from what was previously published Sunday night. The complete updated team standings are now available here.
Chinook won the overall team points trophy, finishing with 1,035 points. They were followed by Texas Rowing Center and San Diego Rowing Club, who totaled 561 and 406 points, respectively. They also won the women’s points trophy with 606 points, followed by Minneapolis Rowing Club, who finished with 271 points and Saugatuck Rowing Club, who finished with 172 points.
Texas Rowing Center took the men’s point trophy with 423 points, ahead of second-place Riverfront Recapture, who finished with 364 points. Third in the men’s point trophy was San Diego RC, who finished with 235 points.
Texas Rowing Center won the club trophy, finishing with 205 points. They were followed by Western Reserve Rowing Association, who earned 195 points, and Riverfront Recapture, who earned 128 points.
Upper Valley Rowing won the efficiency trophy, ending with an efficiency score of 17.20, ahead of Georgian Bay and Chinook, who finished with scores of 13.69 and 13.44, respectively.
Finals racing is available on demand on USRowing’s YouTube channel. Photos of the event will be posted on usrowing.photos by the end of each day. The event was 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 was able to stream the event finals live on our YouTube page and on the Jumbotron at masters nationals, allowing 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.