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Summer of Oars

Posted July 01, 2014 by Andrew

Summer of Oars

The Summer of Oars is upon us, and East Tennessee Rowing is looking to spread the word about rowing. Whether you are a youth looking for a fun and exciting opportunity in one of the fastest growing sports in our region, or an adult looking for one of the most unique fitness offerings around, ETRO has something for you! This summer we are only offering 2 learn to row camps. First up is our Youth Learn to Row Camp starting July 14th and running through July 19th. Next up will be our Adult Learn to Row Camp which will span two weeks (3 sessions per week) starting July 22nd and finishing up on Saturday August 2nd. 

No more excuses. Come out and join us on the lake for an experience you will never forget!!! Additional information can be found here on igETROwing.com with the following links:

Youth Learn to Row Camp

Adult Learn to Row Camp

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ETRO Receives First Bid to USRowing Junior National Champioships

Posted May 15, 2014 by Andrew

ETRO Receives First Bid to USRowing Junior National Champioships

On May 11th 2014 East Tennessee Rowing Organization made club history by winning its first ever bid to the USRowing Junior National Championships. Miss Grace Headrick and Diamond Hurst hurtled ETRO into the lime light by taking the Bronze medal in the Women's Youth Pair. Their finish behind North Orlando Rowing and Sarasota Scullers proved that East Tennessee Rowing was ready to row with the largest and most dominant rowing programs in the Southeast District. 

ETRO also held a historic 2nd place seeding in the Men’s' Youth 4+. This even was the most highly contested of the regatta with over 20 entrants within the field. A less that 0.5 second loss in the Semi-Finals behind eventual Gold medalists, Miami Rowing, knocked the highly seeded men's 4+ out of the race. The boat ended up placing 8th in the region which a second historic first for East Tennessee Rowing. 

Rolling with the success of the season, East Tennessee Rowing Organization will be hosting its first ever Summer Rowing Session this year from June through August. This is a great time for new athletes to get involved and current athletes to stay on the water. For questions about getting involved in Juniors Rowing at ETRO, please request information HERE.

For full racing results from the USRowing Southeast Junior District Championships please follow this link: http://www.usrowing.org/Events/RegionalRegattas/SEJuniors/2014SEJuniorResults.aspx

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Tiny Titans Take Gold at Oakridge Regatta

Posted April 17, 2013 by Jonathan

Tiny Titans Take Gold at Oakridge Regatta

As tendrils of fog rose from Melton Hill Lake, the East Tennessee Rowing Coach was giving last minute instructions to his team.  “Keep your strokes clean, listen to your coxswain and save your energy for the final 500 meters”.  Good words to live by as five of ETRO’s teams advanced to the finals at the Oakridge Regatta this past Saturday.

The Men’s Youth Novice 4+ team was the first to qualify, as they easily rowed to a second place finish in their first heat of the day.  The Women’s Youth Novice 8+ boat followed their coach’s instructions to sprint hard in the final 500 meters of their 2K heat, surging to 3rd place in the standings.

An intense preliminary race between 3 teams in the Men’s Lightweight 4+ began at the midway point in their 2,000 meter battle down the river, ending with ETRO placing 2nd and advancing to the finals.  The Men’s Youth Varsity 4+ rowed in complete synchronicity, marked with a full 3-boat length lead, to take first place and also advance to the finals.

The Women’s Youth Varsity 4+ pulled out an exciting first place victory with a commanding 4-boat length lead against their competitors.  The Tiny Titans, named for their small stature, but tremendous core strength, celebrated heartily after receiving their gold medals from Coach Andrew Krug.  “We had a lot of tough competition, but were able to hold our own against more experienced teams.  Our tough daily workouts enabled us to row faster in the final 500 meters of each race.”  Tiny Titan team members include, Katie Silvester, Melanie Vines, Joanna Huntoon, Claire Bianconi and cox, Isabella Green.

Men’s Youth 2nd Novice 4+ took third place in their final race of the day.  Team members Alec Ferguson, Tony Hurst, Andrew Kirkland, Allan Hurst and coxswain, Nadia Jabbour were rewarded with bronze medals for their achievement.  The Men’s Youth Varsity 4+ also took third place in their final sprint to the finish line.  Tyra Brown effectively coxed team members Matthew Calloway, Joshua Bostrom, Nathan Dubs and Andrew Franks to a bronze medal, as well.

On Sunday, the ETRO Masters took to the water in hopes of upping the medal count achieved in Saturday’s Junior’s events.  The Ladies’ Masters did not disappoint.  Liz Hubbard, Shannon Burton, Alice Basler and Debra Potteiger, coxed by Claire Bianconi raced their way to a silver medal in the Ladies’ Masters row.  This is the first medal for the ETRO Master’s program.

ETRO takes their momentum from this race and heads next week to Chattanooga to participate in the Williams Island Regatta.  ETRO rowers will continue working on their speed, in hopes of placing in the US Invitational Rowing Championships in June.  The top 3 qualifiers in their respective divisions will advance to the qualifying rounds, held this year in Oakridge. 

This summer, ETRO will be offering Junior Learn to Row Camps June 17th - 22nd and July 22nd - 27th. The camps will run from 8 - 11 am, focusing on introducing the sport of rowing to athletes around the East Tennessee region. Athletes must be between ages 12-18 and able to swim and engage in physical activity. The camp fee is $300 and will include a unique ETRO T-shirt. 

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Landmark ETRO Win at 1996 Olympic Course

Posted April 08, 2013 by Jonathan

Landmark ETRO Win at 1996 Olympic Course

This weekend, ETRO (East Tennessee Rowing Organization) juniors traveled to Gainesville, GA to participate in the 27th ANNUAL JOHN HUNTER REGATTA.  This regatta was open to all college, scholastic and youth rowing teams, with an exciting 2,000 meter, 7-lane race course held at the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.  

38 area students rowed in various youth varsity and novice events.  Following a very cold and wet morning, ETRO Men’s Youth Varsity took to the water to win a bronze in their category, against 17 other crews.  This win was historic as the first medal for the ETRO Men’s Varsity team this spring!  Crew members include Josh Bostrom, Matthew Calloway, Nathan Dubs and Andrew Franks with hard working coxswain Tyra Brown.

ETRO Varsity Coach, Andrew Krug “This race was key for our team. We were able to determine our speed against some very formidable crews and uncover new areas of focus as we head through the spring. I am excited to see where this team will go, and I know this will be a huge year for the East Tennessee Rowing Organization”

Next up was the Men’s Youth Novice rowers.  With little more than one full season together, this team was able to pull out an exciting come from behind win against older, more advanced teams.  ETRO novice crew consisting of Alec Ferguson, Alan Hurst, Tony Hurst and Andrew Kirkland, (coxed by Michael Jones) were able to sprint in the final 500 meters to win Bronze.

Women’s Youth Lightweight rowed successfully to a silver medal win against seven other teams in their category.  Claire Bianconi, Joanna Huntoon, Katie Sylvester and Melanie Vines followed Belle Green’s cox orders to gain an early lead and maintain it through most of the 2,000 meters down river.  

ETRO Novice Coach, Erika Lauderdale, “I was very pleased to see our novice team race hard in their first spring style regatta this weekend.  The junior novice boys 4+ came home with a bronze medal, which was a great reward for their effort.  This regatta was a perfect place to gain experience and see where we match up against our competition. We will be working hard on and off the water in the coming weeks to gain cohesiveness as a crew.”  ETRO continues their quest for additional metal in the upcoming Dogwood Regatta at Oakridge on April 13th.  

This summer, ETRO will be offering Junior Learn to Row Camps June 17th - 22nd and July 22nd - 27th. The camps will run from 8 - 11 am, focusing on introducing the sport of rowing to athletes around the East Tennessee region. Athletes must be between ages 12-18 and able to swim and engage in physical activity. The camp fee is $300 and will include a unique ETRO T-shirt.  If you’re interested in the sport, feel free to check out ETRO at www.igetrowing.com.

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Spring Has Sprung

Posted March 11, 2013 by Andrew

Spring Has Sprung

With the days winding down until ETRO's fist competition of the year, things have begun shape up around the Smoky Mountain Rowing Center. The ETRO crews have spent a long winter working indoors, but with the burden of the rowing machine gone, the shells have hit the water with a new found sense of purpose. The Varsity Squad has used the winter to not only build on their physicality from the fall, but also to learn the value of mental toughness during competition. Having only had a few weeks on the water this spring, it is evident that this group has plans to race hard and make their names known. Similarly the Novice Squad has been setting the bar high. With a few new additions to the spring roster, the ETRO Novice's are well on their way to a great season opener at the John Hunter Regatta. With goals set and a more than evident sense of determination, ETRO is ready to take on the Spring!!

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