21 August 2018
USRowing writes in a press release about the organisation’s Master National Championships.
After four days of racing, from 16 to 19 August, San Diego Rowing Club earned the most points with 830 to win the Overall Team Points Trophy at the 2018 USRowing Masters National Championships on Lake Merriatt, Oakland, California.
Before the final race of the day, San Diego RC was in second place behind Marin Rowing Association. With a win in the women’s open H-K double sculls, the team passed Marin’s 819 points to clench the national champion title. Sammamish Rowing Association took third in the overall race with 623 points.
‘We’re really making great strides and working together as a team rather than just individuals,’ said Patrick Kington, head coach of San Diego Rowing Club. ‘It’s showing in the points trophy, and it’s showing on the medal stand.’
San Diego Rowing Club had the most entries of the championships, as the crew competed in many of the 210 events offered. The club brought home 25 gold medals, 20 silver medals and 16 bronze medals. The club also took home the Men’s Points Trophy, finishing with 522 points. Marin followed in second again with 430 points. Texas Rowing Center finished third in the men’s category with 380 points.
‘I think everything was run as smoothly as it could’ve been, and it was a really positive experience,’ said Kington. ‘We brought over 100 athletes, had 136 entries; almost everyone is leaving with a medal, and I think everyone is planning on coming back next year.’
With 379 points, Marin Rowing Association won the Women’s Points Trophy, beating out Bair Island Aquatic Center, which finished with 313 points. Minneapolis Rowing Club finished third with 244 points.
The Club Trophy was awarded to Sammamish Rowing Association, which finished with 345 points to top Texas Rowing Center’s 274. Marin finished its championship run, taking third place with 211 points.
Martha’s Moms Rowing Club gained the most efficiency points, which are calculated as points per competitors, rounding out the event with a 16.00. 612edndurace followed with 15.60, then Sammamish with 14.49.
Additionally, a Freedom Rows exhibition race took place, as two crews from Delta Sculling Center battled it out down the 1,000-meter race course. Darlene Morgan and Lori Kelly crossed the line first in 4:58.728, just edging out the crew of Leo Layton and Renaldo Abreu that finished in 4:59.244. Freedom Rows opens boathouse doors to disabled veterans and members of the armed services across the country. For more information, visit USRowing.