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NBC Youth Scullers Take National Bronze Medals

Oak Ridge, TN/June 12: Rowing in USRowing’s Youth National Championships, Anders Weiss,a Class of 2011 graduate of Barrington High School, placed third to win the bronze medal in the Men’s Youth Single Sculls. Weiss finished with a time of 7:39.8 for 2000 meters, behind the first place single sculler from Saratoga NY (7:31.6) and second place sculler from Dallas TX (7:33.8). Breck Wagner, a junior at Wheeler School, and Chase Buchholz, sophomore at Moses Brown, combined to row in the Men’s Youth Double Sculls to finish third and take home their own bronze medals. This was a close finish since they were only 6.4 seconds behind the winning GMS Crew (7:04.2) and 2.5 seconds behind the silver medal crew from Saugatuck (7:08.1).

Approximately 30 minutes after this race, Wagner and Buchholtz joined Weiss and Eric Esposito, also of Wheeler School, to race in the Men’s Youth Quadruple Sculls Grand Final where they placed fourth, three seconds away from another medal.

This was a great day for these young Rhode Islanders who row as members of the Narragansett Boat Club under the tutelage of their coach Peter Wilhelm. This competition represented scullers from all of the regions of theUnited States. For each event, these boys had to compete in at least two races to qualify for the Grand Final. More details to come.

The complete times:

Mens Youth 1X Grand Final: 1. R. Allen/Saratoga, 7:31.63; 2. O. Salonna/Dallas, 7:33.79; 3. A. Weiss/Narragansett, 7:39.39; 4. M. Meyer-Bosse/Saugatuck, 7:44.89; 5. A. Kleijn/Pittsburgh, 7:52.34; 6. N. Timmons/Albany, 7:56.40.

Mens Youth 2X Grand Final: 1. G. Burke & S. Rouse/GMS, 7:04.22; 2. G. Anderson & M. Meyer-Bosse/Saugatuck, 7:08.09; 3. R. Wagner & C. Buchholtz, 7:10.62; 4. G. Hawkins & N. McCutcheon/Long Beach Junior, 7:12.32; 5. B. Dickson & A. McCrea, 7:16.27; 6. D. Conroy & M. Trebilcock/Cleveland, 7:25.21.

Mens Youth 4X Grand Final: 1. C. Campbell, H. Franco, S. Yanoff, J. Rosow/New Canaan, 6:20.89; 2. P. Donohue, A. Bury, A. Somers, D. Schwarz/Malvern Prep, 6:24.30; 3. A. Johnson, S. Pettet, T. Daly, J. Kelly, 6:26.40; 4. A. Weiss, C. Buchholz, E. Esposito, R. Wagner/Narragansett, 6:29.42; 5. B. Landis, J. Wright, J. Hoban, T. Hersh/Conestoga, 6:35.66; 6. C. Ward, S. Podwojski, J. Holland, T. Summers/St. Andrew, 6:39.24.

In a family-related story, this was a big week for the Weiss Family of Barrington, since Anders’ older sister, Petra, who was a member of Barrington's state champion field hockey and lacrosse teams in the early 2000s, recently capped off her successful rowing career at Brown. An economics concentrator with a 3.961 GPA, the senior was chosen to receive the Elite 88 Award, which is presented by the NCAA "to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships." Petra was a member of Brown's Second Varsity Eight that helped the Bears capture their first NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship since 2008, last month on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.