Following on from various fantastic results at the UK National Schools’ Regatta, a host of teams in WinTech and King shells had another superb weekend at the USRowing National Youth Championships. Staged at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida, the event played host to thousands of athletes from across the USA whose sole focus was to place as highly as possible in their respective categories. With events on offer across the spectrum of boat classes, there was plenty of opportunity for hardware as teams in WinTech and King shells collected four golds, four silvers and three bronzes.
Our most notable achievement came in the final of U17 Women’s Eights, where King shells took athletes to the gold, silver and bronze medals. RowAmerica Rye, one of the most prominent programs in the New York area, took the win ahead of Cincinnati in second and Saugatuck in third.
Saugatuck’s U17 women’s program is something to behold, evidenced in the fact that they consolidated their bronze in the eights with a stunning victory in the U17 coxed fours category. Oakland Strokes, strong partners of WinTech and King, placed fourth in the same final.
Chicago Rowing Foundation, sporting a brand-new King SE 8, crowned an undefeated season in the eight to claim victory in the Women’s Youth Eights category, beating out fellow WinTech and King partners RowAmerica Rye and Marin into third and sixth respectively. Coach Mike Wallin will be taking the US Women’s Eight to the Junior World Championships in the summer in testament to his extraordinary achievements this season.
Our final gold came in the Men’s Youth Pairs, where Triangle Rowing Club took the win by over three seconds in a WinTech shell. Our other medal mentions came in the form of two silvers and a bronze from RowAmerica Rye in the Women’s U16 Eight, Men’s U17 Coxed Four and Men’s U16 Eight respectively. Norwalk also picked up a silver in the Women’s U17 Double in a WinTech.
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