Hornung strikes gold at Nationals
Published 1:03 am, Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Weston sophomore Ali Hornung struck gold with her Connecticut Boat Club (CBC) teammates at the 2010 U.S. Rowing Youth National championships in Cincinnati on June 11-13.
Hornung, won the gold medal in the lightweight women's 4+ boat division against 20 boats and a gold medal in the women's open weight 8+ boat. Overall, CBC won three trophies and 16 gold medals.
"We felt very confident going into the race, having had an undefeated season, still anything can happen and the extreme heat, intense rain and wind proved challenging in and of itself," Hornung said. C.B.C. qualified at the Northeast Regionals in Lowell, Mass. bringing 5 boats and 21 athletes to compete at Nationals.
In the grand finals CBC's women's 8+ boat dominated, winning by open water (meaning more than a boat length), finishing with a course record of 6:30, a full six seconds ahead of Oakland Strokes. Hornung's lightweight 4+ boat also won by open water, beating Norcal and Sarasota with their fastest course time of 7:23. The CBC women's pair finished first as well in their final heat with a time of 7:34, a compelling 14 second lead over Pacific Rowing and Essex.
CBC is an elite crew program run by Head Coach Liz Trond, drawing high school girl rowers from Fairfield County and as far as Brookfield and Madison.
"Our team is so exceptional because of Coach Liz Trond," Hornung said. "I joined this team 1.5 years ago for winter season as a freshman novice coxswain. Last spring my lightweight 8+ boat and my sister's open weight 8+ boats took bronze medals at Nationals. Now just a year later, three of our boats took home gold. I would never have had these opportunities on any other team. Coach Trond's training enables us to be highly competitive on a national and even international level. A few of our teammates competed at worlds last summer and some have all ready departed for high performance camp for the chance to be selected to compete on the U.S. team again. I was invited along with some of my teammates to train and try out for the CanAmMex team this summer, while many other teammates were invited to other prestigious selection and development camps. Coach Trond teaches us what we have to improve on in order to win."