VANCOUVER, Washington – Rowers from all over the region gathered for the 2018 USRowing Northwest Youth Championships in Vancouver, Washington, held from Thursday, May 17 to Saturday, May 19.
With perfect conditions, 31 clubs competed in 765 entries, with many Bainbridge rowers medaling and two, possibly three, boats qualifying for the USRowing Youth National Championships in June, team officials said.
“I am very proud of the grit and hard work it took to show well at Regionals,” said Varsity Women’s Coach Megan Ledoux.
The athletes in the Men’s Varsity Lightweight 4+ not only qualified but won gold in their final race on Sunday.
Following coxswain Veronica Lieberman’s command, stroke Noah Faust set a blistering pace while Colin Lindquist, Josh Philip and Hudson Dore matched with precision and power, winning with a time of 6:53.314 and garnering the champion spot on the winners’ platform.
The Women’s Varsity Lightweight 8+ also qualified for Nationals.
Coxswain Page Montgomery kept the boat focused while stroke Lydia Goss, Marina Bianchi, Naszya Bradshaw, Ellie Genkinger, Natalie Hammel, Sofia Wilkinson, Georgia Sauermann and Genevieve Hurd pulled together to maintain their position and capture third place, guaranteeing them a spot at the USRowing Nationals with a time of 7:17.035.
The Women’s Varsity 4+ of Olivia Zachariah (cox) Gracie Dymoke, Julia Batson, Olivia Pells and Tessa Longley came in fourth in their finals by less than 2 seconds.
Varsity Women’s Coach Megan Ledoux said, “We are waiting to hear from USRowing to see if the V4+ will be granted a spot at Nationals. They are one of the fasted 4+’s in the country by time. The Northwest is one of the most competitive regions so fourth (by 1.68 seconds) here is a very good showing.”
They expect to know, officials said, by Tuesday, May 29.
During the three-day regatta, Bainbridge Rowers competed in 43 events, with many boats qualifying in their heats to row in finals for a chance to medal.
The next, and final, event of the season is the USRowing National Youth Championships in Lake Natoma, California, held June 8 through June 10.
Men’s High School 8+: Nicolai Sublett (cox), Noah Faust, Chandler Johnston, Ben Cohen, Will Sewell, Carter Goldby, Josh Philip, Hudson Dore, Colin Lindquist
Women’s 4 Varsity 4+: Addison Taylor (cox), Alexa Johnston, Ella Goodman, Julia Keys, Eva Marie Entress
Women’s JV Lightweight 4+: Jane Ekstrand (cox), Natalie Hammel, Georgia Sauermann, Sofia Wilkinson, Genevieve Hurd
Women’s 5 Varsity 4+: Jane Ekstrand (cox), Katelyn Lockyear, Kaitlyn Hung, McKenzie Burkard, Gianna Stone
Women’s High School 8+: Olivia Zachariah (cox), Olivia Pells, Julia Batson, Lydia Goss, Ellie Genkinger, Ellis Patrick, Isabella King, Marina Bianchi
Women’s JV High School 8+: Page Montgomery (cox), Alexa Johnston, Lea Wolf, Naszya Bradshaw, Eva Marie Entress, Claudia Chan, Kaitlyn Hung, McKenzie Burkard, Gianna Stone
Women’s Novice 4+: Kayla Musser (cox), Gracie Sanches, Olivia Van Ness, Cassidy Parr, Marcella Burkard
Men’s JV Lightweight 4+: Nicolai Sublett (cox), Ricky Reinke, Shalin Converse, Spencer Bispham, Anders Forslund