Westport's Saugatuck Rowing Club juniors qualified eight boats -- the most from any club in the Northeast -- for the upcoming USRowing Youth National Championships. The boats qualified as a result of their performance in the USRowing Northeast Youth Championships, helped in in Lowell, Mass., last weekend.

At the regional event, the boys and girls of SRC garnered four first-place finishes, six second-place finishes and four third-place finishes overall. At the Youth National Championships, June 12-14 in Sarasota, Fla., SRC's qualifying crews will compete against other top teams from across the country.

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"We're proud to once again be taking such a large Saugatuck contingent to the National Championship," said Sharon Kriz, SRC junior director and boys head coach in a press release. "In addition to the impressive performances of our high school seniors, many of our younger rowers also showed strong promise, which bodes well for the future."

Many Westport residents were in boats that qualified for the national meet. Harrison Malec was in the boys lightweight 2x boat that came in third place and Grace McGinley, Alison Morrison, Katherine Ratcliffe, Willemijn ten Cate and Nica Wardell were all in the girls varsity 8+ that finished first.

In the girls varsity lightweight 8+, Grace Johnson, Reni Forer, Camila Meyer-Bosse, and Imogen Ratcliffe, were part of the team. In the girls second varsity 8+ that finished second, Lexi Bralver and Kelsey McGinley qualified. Bralver and Kelsey McGinley were also in the girls varsity 4+ that finished second and qualified, while Georgia Fox was also in the boat.

In the girls lightweight 4+ that finished third, Johnson, Forer, Imogen Blackburn and Isabelle Grosgogeat were part of the team.