ETR Qualifies for USRowing Youth Nationals

Posted May 11, 2015 by Allen

Men's crew qualifies for national post-season rowing championship

GAINESVILLE, GA, East Tennessee Rowing wrapped up their spring season this past weekend at the USRowing Southeast District Youth Championship, held on the 1996 Olympic Course in Gainesville, Georgia. The multi-day regatta featured over 2500 athletes, competing in 36 events, representing 44 rowing clubs from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.  This regatta includes 18 USRowing Youth National Championship qualification events that are scheduled for Sarasota, Florida, site of the 2017 World Championships, later in June.

 “You see the best crews in the southeast at this event,” head coach Allen Eubanks, “and they are all bringing it, because the podium at this regatta is not only for the top three finishers but also selects the crews for the national championship regatta.”

 Allen Eubanks, in his first season as head coach of East Tennessee Rowing is no stranger to this regatta taking teams for 14 of the 19 years of the event. As well as qualifying crews ten of the past 13 years for the USRowing National Championship. East Tennessee Rowing was represented at the district regatta by a men’s 1V four, women’s 1V four, women’s lightweight four for qualification events, as well as the men’s 2V four, men’s novice four, women’s 2V four for the non-qualification events. Of the six crews starting on Saturday morning only the men’s 1V four, women’s 1V four advanced through the packed field in to the finals.

 “The spring season was cut really short for us due to the winter weather and Ft.. Loudoun water levels. The spring season started in February,” coach Eubanks remarked,” however we did not really get on the water until the first April. Which gave us a really short six weeks on the water to get fast quick, instead of our normal twelve weeks. So, I’m very pleased with how all the crews finished.”

 The women’s 1V 4+ of Diamond Hurst (MHS Sr.), Hannah Hayes (MJHS Fr.), Lindsey Krawczyk (MHS Jr.), Jo Jo Cooper (home school Sr.) and coxswain Sydney Boles (MHS Jr.) place 3rd in the heat to advance to the finals, where they placed 5th over Charlotte but falling to crews from Nashville, Miami, Sarasota, and North Orlando.

 When the waves of competition settled in the Men's Youth 1V 4+ four seniors and a junior from Maryville High School had grabbed the final qualification bid for the USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta in the event behind Sarasota and Miami. The crew of Dylan Vines (Sr), Andrew Knoll (Jr), Andrew Franks (Sr), Cody Legg (Sr), and coxswain Nadia Jabbour (Sr), nosed out Stanton-River Bank of Jacksonville, FL by 1 second followed by Atlanta Juniors and Boone High School of Orlando, FL. After a quick break to graduate, the crew will continue to train now twice a day for the next month to get ready for the national event.

East Tennessee Rowing finishes the year with some positive momentum going into summer. With two athletes signing with collegiate women’s rowing programs; Hurst to West Virginia University and Cooper to the University of Charleston. Several athletes have been selected to row during the summer at the regional and national level; Knoll has being selected to train this summer with the USRowing Junior National Team while Boles, Hurst, Hayes, and Krawczyk have been selected to attend the Southeast Junior Development Camp this summer.

East Tennessee Rowing is a rowing club for Blount, Knox, and Loudon Counties offering programs for youth and adults, training at the Smoky Mountain Rowing Center on Ft. Loudoun Lake at 3452 Louisville Road in Louisville.  The boathouse is easily accessible from Pellissippi Parkway by taking exit 9 to Topside Road, head west and turn right on Louisville Road, the boathouse is 1.5 miles on the right, just past Louisville Point Park.  Summer is a great time to learn to row with the clubs many options of evening classes and summer camps conducted throughout the summer. East Tennessee Rowing Summer Rowing Camps provide a two week introduction to rowing for new athletes these three hour sessions are held Monday through Thursday. Athletes will spend time on the water and land training. Upon completion athletes can go on to the fall recreational, development or competitive programs.  For more information please visit http://www.igetrowing.com or find us on Facebook.

Photo Credit Ron Harbin



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