USRowing Southeast Regional Championships: Gainesville, GA
Thursday May 11th, the athletes boarded the bus at Hamilton Creek Marina to travel to Lake Lanier at the 1996 Olympic race race course for the 2017 Southeast Regionals. This regatta marks the end of the regular spring season, while also offering the chance to qualify boats for Youth Nationals in June by getting top 3 in select events. Friday gave the athletes a chance to get a practice on the course, shake off some of the bus legs, and get in the mindset to show up Saturday morning ready to race.
Saturday was the start of racing, with any Nationals eligible events racing time trials (mirroring the structure of Youth Nationals) and others racing in heats to decide their progression forward. Below are the events that Nashville was entered in, as well as their how they progressed out of Saturday's preliminary racing!
Men's Youth 2x: 6th in Time Trial (Top 14 to Semi Finals)
Women's Youth 2-: 4th in Time Trial (Top 7 to Finals)
Women's Youth 4+: 3rd in Time Trial (Top 14 to Semi Finals)
Men's Youth 4+: 9th in Time Trial (Top 14 to Semi Finals)
Women's Youth Lightweight 4+: 6th in Time Trial (Top 7 to Finals)
Women's Youth 8+: 1st in Time Trial (Top 7 to Finals)
Women's U17 8+: 2nd in Heat (Top 2 to Finals)
Women's Youth 2nd 4+: 1st in Heat (Top 3 to Finals)
Women's U17 4+: 4th in Heat (Top 2 to Finals)
Men's U17 4+: 2nd in Heat (Top 2 to Finals)
All the boat's that progressed directly to finals were finished racing for the day and were able to head back to the hotel to rest. After a bit of rest and recovery, the following boats returned to the course for Semi Finals racing. With some tight races for the advancing spots, the afternoon made for exciting spectating and hard fought battles!
Men's 2x: 4th in Semi 2
Women's 4+: 2nd in Semi 2
Men's Youth 4+: 5th in Semi 1
Sunday morning saw lots of hard fought racing, with both the Women's 2- and Women's 8+ qualifying for Youth Nationals in Sarasota Florida in June. Below are the results of Sunday morning's racing, with some very exciting and hard fought battles through the finish line!
Women's 2-: 3rd
Women's Youth 4+: 4th
Women's Youth Lightweight 4+: 7th
Women's Youth 8+: 1st
Women's U17 8+: 3rd
Women's Youth 2nd 4+: 1st
Men's U17 4+: 5th