New Canaan crew takes gold at U.S. Rowing National Championships
Published 7:30 pm, Wednesday, June 22, 2011
For the sixth year in a row, New Canaan Crew has brought home a medal in the US Rowing Youth National Championships -- and this year, like last, it was gold. Charlie Campbell, Henry Franco, Scott Yanoff and Jonathon Rosow are the fastest Youth Men's Sculling Quad in the nation.
Each year, U.S. Rowing gathers the gold and silver medalists from regional races and other select regattas to determine an overall champion. New Canaan competed against powerhouse Malvern in the semis and was surprised by their commanding lead. They came in second and earned a spot in the Grand Final but had to settle for an outer lane as a consequence. Henry Franco, a senior and captain, noted how strong Malvern looked and admitted it was intimidating.
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At the start, Pocock Rowing Club set a blistering pace and took an early lead. This is a risky strategy as six and a half minutes over 2,000 meters is a long way to push one's body to the limit. New Canaan and Malvern both fought to stay with them and were in a good position when Pocock fell behind. At the 1,000 meter mark, New Canaan pulled away from Malvern and at 1,500 meters they had open water between them and the pack. New Canaan held off the competition to win by almost four seconds.
"When you cross the finish line first, it's glorious because it's shared," Henry said.
"I am very proud of these boys. This was the goal for them and they worked all year to achieve it," coach Yan Vengerovskiy said. "They have the best average erg score of any boat I have coached, perhaps any boat in the country. They have an excellent work ethic and a good team spirit. I will miss them."