After a long Winter Season, many pounds of weight moved, and thousands of meters erged the Juniors were ready to hit the water and start racing.
Cincinnati Youth Invite
Returning for a second year to Cincinnati the team was ready to take on some fast Midwest competition in hopes of getting a taste for who they might see later in the season. Bad weather, and results issues didn't deter our crews from jump-starting the season with some strong racing. Form many of our new and young rowers and coxswains, this was their first sprint race ever. Even with the schedule speed bumps, the athletes handled the day well and set a baseline for their work going forward!
Men’s Varsity 4+: 7th
Women's Varsity 4+: 5th and 7th
Women's Varsity 8+: 2nd
Men's Varsity 8+: 4th in the Petite Final..
Dogwood Juniors - Oak Ridge TN
Next up the team traveled to Oak Ridge, TN for the Dogwood Regatta with a much increased Club entry count with a number of teams for the Midwest joining the pack. This was the teams first taste of a full progression regatta for the Spring Season with time trials, semi finals, and finals over the course of 2 days. This regatta gave us a good look at what we needed to focus on over the coming weeks for Southeast Regionals in Sarasota.
Men's Junior 4+: 5th
Men's Junior 2nd 4+: 2nd
Men’s Junior 2nd 4+ B: 4th in Semi Final
Women's 8+: 1st
Women's Junior 4+: 1st in B Final
Women's Junior 2-: 5th
Women's U17 4+: 2nd
Women’s U17 4+ B: 6th in Semi Final
For official results look HERE
Southeast Youth Regional Championships
The team boarded the plane for Southeast Regionals ready to hit Sarasota in hopes of qualifying boats forward to Youth Nationals in California. With one full progression regatta under their belts, the team showed up to the course ready to improve on Dogwood.
Saturday proved to be an exciting day for time trials and semis, with all 7 boats advancing to Finals on Sunday. Sunday saw some of the most exciting racing we have seen yet at Regionals. With several tight 4th place finishes, the Men’s 4+, Women’s 4+ and Women’s U17 4+ saw themselves just outside the medal stand. The top 3 finishers in the Women’s 8+ Final were all within 1 second of each other in a barn burner of a finish to qualify for Nationals. Additionally the Men’s Youth 2- surged into the Silver Medal spot as they crossed the 1k mark to not only earn a medal at Regionals, but be the first men’s boat to qualify for Youth Nationals for Nashville Rowing.
Women's Youth 2-: 7th
Men's Youth 2-: 2nd (Qualified for Youth Nationals)
Women's Youth 4+: 4th
Men's Youth 4+: 4th
Women's Youth 8+: 3rd (Qualified for Youth Nationals)
Men's Youth 2nd 4+: 2nd
Women's U17 4+: 4th
For official results see HERE
On to training for Youth Nationals. Go Nashville!
USRowing Youth National Championships- Lake Natoma Sacramento, CA
The Women’s 8+ and Men’s 2- Both spent the 3 weeks between Regionals and leaving for California putting in lots of hard work with the goal of building on their performances in Sarasota as they were set to hit the National Stage.
Racing started on Friday with both boats in Time Trials. With this familiar format, both the 2- and 8+ placed themselves in the middle of pack with both boats getting 14th and moving on to a second Repechage race that afternoon. The Men’s 2- narrowly missed the Semi Finals getting 4th in their Rep with a time of 7:46.2 (which would have advanced them in the second Rep). In a very competitive race where they needed to get 1st to advance to Semis, the Women’s 8+ placed second in the Repechage and would advance to the C final as well.
Saturday racing was equally as exciting, with both the 2- and 8+ racing in the C final in the afternoon. In big sprint the Men’s 2- had their course impeded in the final strokes of the race enough that the Referees awarded them 1st in the C final, earning them 13th in the Country! The Women’s 8+ attacked their race and outpaced Sarasota who had previously beaten them at Regionals to earn 2nd place in the C Final and 14th overall in the country.
Men's Youth 2-: 1st in C Final (13th in the country)
Women's Youth 8+: 2nd in C Final (14th in the country)
For Saturday results see HERE