12 June 2018
On Sunday, USRowing sent out two press releases that read:
Not many crews can say that they’ve won a national championship five times in a row. In Y Quad Cities’ case, its women’s quadruple sculls can do just that.
Y Quad Cities dominated the women’s quad final from the start, finishing with over a length of open water ahead of second-place Seattle to secure its fifth consecutive national championship in the event at the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships, which were held on 8-10 June on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California.
Caroline Sharis has been in the boat for the last four years. ‘It is really cool,’ said Sharis. ‘We’ve had so many great teammates over the past years that keep bringing it to the next level, and it’s really a good testimony of the commitment, dedication and the coaching that we have at Y Quad Cities.’
Sharis, along with teammate Delaney Evans, also were in the women’s double sculls that secured a gold medal for Y Quad Cities earlier in the morning.
Y Quad Cities also won gold in the women’s lightweight double sculls with a time 7:53.7 over Three Rivers Rowing Association.
James Wright of Germantown Friends School has an undeniably impressive youth rowing resume. He won the 2018 World Rowing Indoor Championships, was a member of the Under-19 National Team, and won the SRAA National Championship in the men’s single sculls. Now, he can add a Youth National Championship title to that list. Wright won the men’s single national title by over a length of open water with a time of 7:37.5.
‘I really wanted to focus on rowing well,’ said Wright. ‘I know that if your stroke starts to break down, it can really hurt you and other people can start to push back into you. I wanted to row well, making sure you get on it with the legs and to make sure that if other people start to push you, you push them right back.’
This is the first time that Germantown Friends School has won a medal at youth nationals.
In other small boat action, Cassandra Reed from West Cambridge won the women’s single sculls by over nine seconds with a time of 8:24.9. Long Beach Juniors pulled away from Texas Rowing Center in the last 250 meters to grab a gold medal in the women’s pair. In the men’s pair, Chicago Rowing Foundation found its groove and took control to secure a gold medal with a time of 7:08.9.
With a big push at 500 meters to go, Seattle Rowing Center won the men’s lightweight double sculls over Saratoga Rowing Association by more than three seconds.
Saratoga’s John Karen and Michael Fairley were down in the last 750 meters of the men’s double sculls race. With a little bit of courage and guts, they took over in the last 25 strokes of the race to edge out Parati Competitive Rowing and Y Quad Cities for the gold medal.
In the men’s and women’s lightweight four with coxswain, Wayland-Weston Rowing Association won the women’s race over Saugatuck Rowing Club with a time of 7:35.6. New Canaan High School Crew had a big charge at 500 meters to go to win the men’s lightweight four by more than six seconds over OKC Riversport.
Connecticut Boat Club found success in the women’s youth four with coxswain by winning the gold with a time of 7:29.2. On the men’s side, Deerfield Crew won the men’s four with coxswain by almost three seconds over Belmont Hill thanks to a huge last 20 strokes to secure its national championship trophy.
Like its women’s counterparts in the quad, New Canaan continued its streak in the men’s quadruple sculls by winning its fourth consecutive national title. New Canaan finished with a time of 6:25.3 to defeat GMS Rowing Center by more than six seconds.
In the women’s eight, Saugatuck continued its legacy by winning the event for a second consecutive year. Saugatuck maintained a half-length lead for most of the race before pulling away in the final 200 meters to defeat Greenwich Crew by four seconds.
Greenwich won the women’s lightweight eight with a time of 7:02.8, a full boat length over second-place Oakland Strokes.
In the men’s lightweight eight, Oakland Strokes was victorious in the last 250 meters, charging to the line to snag a gold medal and a national championship.
To conclude the day, Sarasota Crew’s men’s eight took a huge push at 500 meters to go, pulling away from Oakland Strokes to win the national championship by six seats.
Sarasota-Bradenton will Host the Next Three USRowing Youth National Championships
USRowing will be partnering with Visit Sarasota County and the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA) to bring the USRowing Youth National Championships back to Florida for the next three years, the organizations announced on Sunday.
Nathan Benderson Park, which hosted the 2017 World Rowing Championships last September, will play host to the event from 2019 to 2021.
‘Visit Sarasota County is thrilled to welcome youth rowers from across the U.S. back to our community for the next three years,’ said Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota County. ‘USRowing has been instrumental in helping Sarasota County achieve our status as a world-class rowing destination. We look forward to continuing to grow our partnership and are dedicated to producing outstanding events for the Youth National Championships.’
USRowing’s goal in seeking a three-year agreement was to provide the best, most consistent racing experience for the athletes and coaches, provide cost stability and savings to re-invest into the event, spur venue and community development around the sport of rowing, and develop greater commercial and sponsorship programs in association with the local organizing committee to support the sport.
‘We are excited to partner with SANCA and Visit Sarasota County in bringing this premier event back to Sarasota, said Patrick McNerney, USRowing Chief Executive Officer. ‘Nathan Benderson Park is a beautiful facility and will provide our young athletes with a world-class racing experience to end their racing season.’
‘Hosting the USRowing Youth National Championships for three consecutive years provides SANCA with the opportunity to raise the bar, providing an enhanced experience for the coaches and athletes each year,’ said Stephen V. Rodriguez, SANCA/Nathan Benderson Park CEO President and CEO. ‘We look forward to providing the athletes and coaches a memorable and first-class racing experience in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida.’
Dates for the 2019 regatta will be released later this summer.