It's official: The Connecticut Boat Club (CBC) Women's Varsity 8+, Lightweight 4+ and Pair are the 2010 US Rowing youth national champions.

After an exciting, undefeated 2009-10 rowing season with gold medals in such prestigious regattas as the Head of the Charles, Head of the Schuylkill, San Diego Crew Classic, Head of the Riverfront and Housatonic, Mercer Sprints, Saratoga Invitational, Newport Autumn Rowing Festival, and Northeast Regionals, CBC ended on a high note by taking first place in the varsity 8+, lightweight 4+ and pair at the U.S. Rowing National Championships in Cincinnati two weeks ago.

They are now No. 1 in the nation in those categories.

CBC qualified five boats, including 21 high school women rowers from the southern Fairfield county area, three of whom were from New Canaan. This annual championship event on Lake Harsha (near Cincinnati) includes more than 1,100 high school regional champion athletes from all over the Unites States competing for national titles in both sweep and sculling events. CBC brought home three trophies and 16 gold medals.

New Canaan rowers for the CBC team included co-captain Paige Gonye in the undefeated 8+, Patricia Kelley in the 4+, and Abby Stevenson in the 4+.

The first day of this year's competition presented challenges from the oppressively hot and humid weather conditions and temperatures in the high 90s during the heats. The second day brought thunderstorms and torrential rain, which halted races for much of the day and resulted in the elimination of qualifying races.

In the 8+ final on Sunday, CBC finished first with a time of 6:30, breaking the racecourse speed record by more than three seconds, followed by Oakland Strokes (CA) at 6:36 and New Trier High School (IL) at 6:39.

In the lightweight 4+ final, CBC finished in their fastest time at 7:23, ahead of Norcal (Calif.) and Sarasota (Fla.). The CBC pair also finished first in their final at 7:34, followed by Pacific Rowing (Calif.) and Essex (Conn.). The CBC double finished fifth overall, and CBC's 4+ boat placed 15th of 25.

Leading the CBC team is coach Liz Trond, a highly regarded women's racing coach of elite teams in southern Fairfield County for several years, assisted by coach Jim Sweitzer. Many of Trond's student-athletes from prior years are now competing on college and university teams at Division I, II and III levels.

Trond, commenting on the outstanding achievements of her CBC team this past weekend, said, "It was the perfect way to end the best season ever. We started at the end of August with a goal of having an undefeated season. And 36 weeks later we did it. With great leadership from our seniors and hard work from every athlete, we completed our dream season."

Anyone interested in trying out for the CBC fall racing team can contact Trond at lizabethtrond@yahoo.com. The CBC Fall Tune-Up Camp will be held the last week of August.