Lightweight 4+ Captures Fourth at USRA Nationals
Lakeside girls crew and its lightweight 4+ contingent of Jinglan W. ’12
, Lizzy M. ’13
, Michelle L. ’13
, Eileen B. ’13
, and Emma D. ‘14
returned to the Pacific Northwest Monday (June 11) after securing fourth place in the 2012 USRowing Youth National Championship at Melton Hill Lake (Oak Ridge, TN).
Event: USRowing Youth National Championships
Site: Oak Ridge, TN (Melton Hill Lake)
Date: June 8-10, 2012
Lakeside girls crew and its lightweight 4+ contingent of Jinglan W. ’12, Lizzy M. ’13, Michelle L. ’13, Eileen B. ’13, and Emma D. ‘14 returned to the Pacific Northwest Monday (June 11) after securing fourth place in the 2012 USRowing Youth National Championship at Melton Hill Lake (Oak Ridge, TN).
Over a three-day stretch (June 8-10), USRowing hosted 1,500+ athletes from high schools and clubs from across the United States.
The Lions’ lightweight 4+ secured its trip to Tennessee with a first place performance (7:46.40) at the USRowing NW Junior Regional Championships on May 22 in Vancouver, WA.
Despite turning in the fifth fastest overall time in the event and second fastest for non-heat winners, an opening heat time of 7:48.261 tagged the Lions with fourth place on Friday and forced their boat into the repechage qualification process.
Lakeside bested Miami Beach crew with an 8:15.531 showing in Saturday’s repechage round to push itself through to the semifinals later that afternoon.
In semifinal action, the Lions put together their second fastest time of the competition to qualify for Sunday’s grand finale with a 7:59.174 clip and third place result behind Upper Natoma (2nd) and Manhasset (1st).
Rowing out of lane one, the Lions’ grand finale appearance kicked off at 10:22 PST Sunday morning with Blair, Dayton, Upper Natoma, Manhasset, and Cincinnati Juniors crew rounding out the national championship field.
After battling Cincinnati Juniors for most of the event, Lakeside crossed the finish line with a fourth place nod and a time of 7:53.285, its second fastest marker for the weekend. Manhasset, favored going in, took the top spot with a 7:36.879 clip, Upper Natoma secured second, and Cincinnati Juniors grabbed third.
“Championship racing always takes on a much different feel, approach, and level of intensity,” said girls head coach Libby Weick
. “This crew really took shape during our time in Tennessee and was able put together the pieces required to be relevant in a highly competitive field.”
For full results from the entire weekend of USRA Youth National Championship action, click here
. Go Lions!
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