Under-17 Crews Have Strong Showing At National Competition

Posted July 07, 2018 by Allen

PHOTO: East Tennessee Rowing Women’s U17 Eight return with Gold. Left to right coxswain Reagan Lewis, Sara Kate White, Olivia Colston, Bella Bostrom, Kayla Anderson, Gracie Dulin, Sarah Abrams, Isabella Allison, Olivia Croft

PHILADELPHIA, Pa - On Sunday June 10th, East Tennessee Rowing was represented by fifteen U17 athletes in the inaugural USRowing Junior B/C Challenge hosted by the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association. The regatta featured 16 events in the under 15 and under 17 age categories on the iconic Schuylkill River. Of the 19 clubs represented, East Tennessee Rowing placed third in the overall medals count earning 24 medals.

The USRowing National B/C Challenge was a 1500 meter sprints. For ETRO, it was a change of pace as the crews typically train and compete for 2000 meter pieces. The team had a month to prepare for such changes in strategy, timing and conditioning under the watchful eye of third year head coach Allen Eubanks and assistant coach Katie King. “Over the last month these student athletes stepped up their training volume on top of working through finals and the end of year classes. The results of the weekend speak for themselves.  I’m very proud of them and the future looks very promising for our team” stated Coach Eubanks.

The race day started off with ETRO having two entries in the Women’s U17 four plus coxswain event. This was the first of two races scheduled for the women’s crews. When asked why the athletes were doubling in two events coach Eubanks replied, “I wanted the crews to get a feel for the course and the length of the race ahead of them in the eight.” ETRO’s crews finished strong with second and third place showing behind Bromfield Acton Boxborough (Harvard, MA) that earned a first-place finish.  ETRO’s first four finished second and was coxed by Lauren Peters (6th - West Valley), with a crew which included Gracie Dulin (9th - Home School), Kayla Anderson (9th - William Blount), Bella Bostrom (10th - Maryville), Olivia Colston (8th - Alcoa). “Even though we didn’t have a lot of practice time on the water in the four before the race, we really came together. It felt so powerful!”, Colston commented after the race. ETRO’s second four followed closely in third place by the crew of coxswain Reagan Lewis (9th - Maryville), Olivia Croft (10th - Maryville), Isabella Allison (8th - Maryville), Sarah Abrams (10th - Maryville), Sara Kate White (8th - Maryville).

In the Men’s U17 Four plus coxswain, ETRO continued to reach the medals dock.  The crew of coxswain Reese DiBiase (7th - Webb School), Dallas Reynolds (10th - Webb School), Dalton Peters (8th - West Valley), Adam Calder (9th - William Blount), Seth Gregg (9th - Home School), in an exciting wire to wire race, as less than a second separated second and third places, ETRO crossed in third behind Mountain Lakes Rowing Club (Mt. Arlington, NJ) and Montgomery Boat Club (Chevy Chase, MD).  “The race kept getting better the farther we went into it.” stoke seat, Seth Gregg described, “It seemed that the boat’s motivation constantly grew throughout the race as we approached the finish line.”

For the clubs final race of the day, ETRO combined the two Women’s U17 fours for the Women’s U17 Eight plus coxswain event. The event started out as a close race before East Tennessee pulled away for a dominant victory posting a 5:22.67 ahead of Mountain Lakes who earned second in 5:40.55 and Maritime (East Norwalk, CT) rounded out the top three with a 5:49.17. Women’s 8 coxswain, Reagan Lewis, described her surreal experience, “I made the call, at the beginning of the race that our stern cleared the last bow and that we were holding first place; with every stroke we added distance. It was an amazing feeling coming through the finish line knowing that we had just made club history.”

“The dynamic of the team is always changing, and our performance in Philadelphia has definitely proven that this rising generation of ETRO athletes is devoted to their performance as well as their team.” ETRO Women’s Team Captain Bella Bostrom, “We always say that in rowing the results you get mirror the effort you put in, and this race was no exception. The U17 crews put in weeks of training and ultimately our passion to better ourselves and our boats lead us to victory.”

For those that want to give rowing a try ETRO is currently conducting summer youth camps and adult learn to row classes. With fall season registration opening August 1st. Rowing requires no prior experience to get started, it is easy to learn, but a challenge to master. If you would like to receive more information on rowing opportunities with ETRO, you can visit the clubs website http://www.igetrowing.com


East Tennessee Rowing is a non-profit community sports club based out of Fort Loudon Lake in Louisville, Tn, promotes the Olympic sport of rowing in the Knoxville Metro Area. ETRO’s youth rowing program is a competitive, co-ed team, that draws athletes 12 through 18 years of age from multiple public and private middle and high schools in the Blount, Knox, and Loudon Counties. Our community partners include First Tennessee Bank, Foothills Bank, CBBC, Rainscapes, Molecular Pathology of East Tennessee, Nail Creeks Outdoor Design, and FES Security.


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