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Three-Peat: Saugatuck Junior Women Row To Third Youth National Championship

Saugatuck Rowing Club’s womens youth 8+ crew and coaches celebrate after three-peating at the USRowing Youth National Championships. See story for IDs. Photo Credit: Contributed
Saugatuck’s womens youth lightweight 4+ rows to a fourth-place finish at USRowing Youth National Championships: Sanna ten Cate, Westport; Bonnie Pushner, Fairfield; Evan Shorrock, Westport; Alica Sardarian, Westport; and coxswain Eden Schumer, Westpo Photo Credit: Contributed
Saugatuck’s womens youth 4+ strokes to a sixth place finish at USRowing Youth Nationals. L-R: Camila Meyer-Bosse, Westport; Clara Everett, Fairfield; Hope Weisman, Larchmont; Parker Cuthbertson, Westport; and coxswain Isabelle Grosgogeat, Westport. Photo Credit: Contributed
Saugatuck Rowing Club’s mens youth 4+ crew placed 10th overall at USRowing Youth Nationals on Sunday. L-R: Harrison Burke, Westport; Michael Cantor, Westport; Sawyer Banbury, Weston; Diego Baugh, Norwalk; and coxswain Alin Pasa, Westport. Photo Credit: Contributed
Coach David Grossman, Justin Schmidt, Westport; Ethan Vosper, Westport; Sam Holzhauer, Ridgefield; Emir Beg, Westport; coxswain Natalie DiLeo, Fairfield; Jared Edwards, Westport; Steven Batter, Wilton; Henry Grant, Trumbull; and Andrew Woods,Westport Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. – To cap off a three-year undefeated streak, the Saugatuck Rowing Club’s women's youth 8+ raced to the gold at the USRowing Youth National Championships, scoring a groundbreaking third straight national title.

Saugatuck Rowing Club Juniors sent five crews to the national competition June 9 to 11 in Sarasota, Fla..

In addition to the women's youth 8+ win, the women's youth lightweight 4+ placed fourth and the women's youth 4+ placed sixth overall, rowing in the A finals.

In the B finals, both the men's youth 4+ and the men's lightweight youth 8+ took fourth, finishing 10th overall. The women's youth 8+ victory was the highlight of the dominant crew’s third undefeated year in a row, during which it three-peated youth rowing’s “triple crown” – winning the Head of the Charles Regatta, San Diego Crew Classic and Youth National Championships.

“We sent a strong, motivated group of rowers to nationals this year,” said Sharon Kriz, SRC director of rowing and boys head coach. “It’s gratifying to see our athletes compete so successfully on the national stage.”

Youth Nationals is the premier junior rowing event in the United States, with nearly 1,500 athletes competing in more than 350 crews, representing some 150 teams from across the country, all vying for national titles in 18 boat classes.

“In winning a third national title, our varsity 8+ accomplished a feat unprecedented in our club’s history,” said Gordon Getsinger, SRC junior girls head coach. “It is incredibly powerful to see the dedicated rowers in all our crews earn strong finishes.”

The SRC boats at Youth National Championships included:

  • Womens Youth 8+ (gold) – Noelle Amlicke (Westport), Tatiana Chermayeff (Rowayton), Caitlin Esse (New Canaan), Grace McGinley (Westport), Kelsey McGinley (Westport), Sophie Pendrill (Scarsdale, NY), Charlotte Powers, coxswain (Fairfield), Imogen Ratcliffe (Westport), and Willemijn ten Cate (Westport)
  • Womens Youth Lightweight 4+ (fourth) – Bonnie Pushner (Fairfield), Alice Sardarian (Westport), Eden Schumer, coxswain (Westport), Evan Shorrock (Westport), and Sanna ten Cate (Westport)
  • Womens Youth 4+ (sixth) -- Parker Cuthbertson (Westport), Clara Everett (Fairfield), Isabelle Grosgogeat, coxswain (Westport), Camila Meyer-Bosse (Westport) and Hope Weisman (Larchmont)
  • Mens Youth 4+ (10th) -- Sawyer Banbury (Weston), Diego Baugh (Norwalk), Harrison Burke (Westport), Michael Cantor (Westport), and Alin Pasa, coxswain (Westport)
  • Mens Youth Lightweight 8+ (10th) – Steve Batter (Wilton), Emir Beg (Westport), Natalie DiLeo, coxswain (Fairfield), Jared Edwards (Westport), Henry Grant (Trumbull), Sam Holzhauer (Ridgefield), Justin Schmidt (Westport), Ethan Vosper (Westport) and Andrew Woods (Westport)

Saugatuck Rowing and Fitness Club is on the Saugatuck River in Westport.

Photo IDs: Saugatuck Rowing Club’s women's youth 8+ crew and coaches, from left: SRC assistant girls coach Anna Yamamoto, Noelle Amlicke, Westport; Kelsey McGinley, Westport; Imogen Ratcliffe, Westport; Willemijn ten Cate, Westport; coxswain Charlotte Powers, Fairfield; SRC girls head coach Gordon Getsinger; Tatiana Chermayeff, Rowayton; Grace McGinley, Westport; Caitlin Esse, New Canaan; and Sophie Pendrill, Scarsdale, N.Y.

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