Westport teens to compete in international rowing event
Updated 12:57 pm, Thursday, July 16, 2015
Two Westport teens from the Saugatuck Rowing Club will compete in the 2015 World Junior Rowing Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next month.
The local duo, in dominating the trials’ best two-of-three format July 6, followed their morning final win with an afternoon win, posting a time of 7:43.28.
The pair makes up one of six junior crews earning spots on the U.S. Junior National Team, which drew aspirants from across the nation to the trials on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
Before the trials, Bub and Manning were victorious in the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa., where they won the men’s intermediate pair event, competing against crews from high schools and colleges worldwide.
The teens row under the direction of Sharon Kriz, the Saugatuck Rowing Club junior director and boys head coach, who qualified a double for a World Junior Rowing Championship event in 2011.
“Earning a bid to Junior Worlds is the pinnacle of a high school rowing career and a rare feat,” Kriz said in a statement. “This pair has worked hard all year, overcoming injuries to put together a winning performance when it mattered most. I’m proud of their accomplishments and eager to coach them to another great showing in Rio.”
“It’s pretty crazy; we can’t believe it,” Manning said in the statement. “We are glad to have the opportunity. With 1,000 meters left, we put in a strong push and it was smooth sailing from there.”
“Being part of the Saugatuck Rowing Club for the past three years has taught me to persevere and push myself to the limit. I’m looking forward to representing the club and the United States in Rio,” said Bub.