Saugatuck juniors win gold at nationals
Published 1:57 pm, Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The Saugatuck Rowing Club Juniors continued their winning ways with four gold-medal performances at the 2015 USRowing Club National Championships, which were held July 15-19 in Bethel, Ohio.
The club was second overall in team points in the womens events and third in total team points over the five-day national competition, which comprised of multiple age groups and events.
In winning the womens U19 eight+ race, SRC bested a field of 36 boats from clubs across the country. The team also earned victories in the womens U19 four+, womens intermediate lightweight four+ and womens U19 pair.
Bringing home silvers were the mens intermediate pair and womens intermediate lightweight pair. SRC earned bronze in the mens U19 pair, womens senior lightweight pair, womens U19 pair and womens U17 eight+ events.
“Club Nationals is often looked at as a harbinger of things to come, as most clubs are racing without many of their 2015 graduating seniors,” said Sharon Kriz, the SRC junior director and boys head coach in a press release.
“It was encouraging to see our girls take command of their races and turn in so many winning performances,” said Chase Graham, the SRC girls head coach. “This group of rowers is ready to take over, filling the shoes left by the spring season’s national champion crew.”
In addition to competing against high-school-age athletes in the under-19 and under-17 age group events, Saugatuck juniors raced against collegiate-level athletes in the intermediate category and under-23 crews in senior events, turning in strong performances against more seasoned competitors.
Among these crews were Oliver Bub and Lucas Manning, who will represent the United States at next month’s 2015 World Junior Rowing Championships. The pair placed second in the mens intermediate race, prevailing over rowers from collegiate programs.