Saugatuck girls claim third-straight national title
Saugatuck Rowing Club’s womens youth 8+ raced to the gold at the USRowing Youth National Championships, scoring a groundbreaking third-straight national title and capping off a three-year undefeated streak, June 9-11 in Sarasota, Fla.
Saugatuck Rowing Club Juniors sent five crews to the national competition. In addition to the womens youth 8+ win, the womens youth lightweight 4+ placed fourth and the womens youth 4+ placed sixth overall, rowing in the A finals.
In the B finals, both the mens youth 4+ and the mens lightweight youth 8+ took fourth, finishing tenth overall. The womens youth 8+ victory was the highlight of the dominant crew’s third undefeated year in a row, during which it three-peated youth rowing’s “triple crown” - winning the Head of the Charles Regatta, San Diego Crew Classic and Youth National Championships.
“We sent a strong, motivated group of rowers to nationals this year,” said Sharon Kriz, SRC director of rowing and boys head coach. “It’s gratifying to see our athletes compete so successfully on the national stage.”
Youth Nationals is the premier junior rowing event in the United States, with nearly 1,500 athletes competing in more than 350 crews, representing some 150 teams from across the country, all vying for national titles in 18 boat classes. The rowers competed in time trials on Friday before racing in semifinals to secure their berths in A, B, C or D finals held Saturday and Sunday.
“In winning a third national title, our varsity 8+ accomplished a feat unprecedented in our club’s history,” said Gordon Getsinger, SRC junior girls head coach. “It is incredibly powerful to see the dedicated rowers in all our crews earn strong finishes.”
The SRC boats at Youth National Championships included:
Womens Youth 8+ (gold) - Noelle Amlicke (Westport), Tatiana Chermayeff (Rowayton), Caitlin Esse (New Canaan), Grace McGinley (Westport), Kelsey McGinley (Westport), Sophie Pendrill (Scarsdale, NY), Charlotte Powers, coxswain (Fairfield), Imogen Ratcliffe (Westport), and Willemijn ten Cate (Westport)
Mens Youth Lightweight 8+ (tenth) - Steve Batter (Wilton), Emir Beg (Westport), Natalie DiLeo, coxswain (Fairfield), Jared Edwards (Westport), Henry Grant (Trumbull), Sam Holzhauer (Ridgefield), Justin Schmidt (Westport), Ethan Vosper (Westport) and Andrew Woods (Westport)
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