Rhode Island Youth Scullers Will Race at the USRowing Youth Nationals
Sarasota-Bradenton, FL/June 12-14: After having had a successful regatta at the Lowell Invitational the week before, the Narragansett Boat Club’s youth scullers dominated the sculling events at the Northeast Youth Championships, May 16-17, which were also held in Lowell. These regional championships serve as a qualifying regatta for the upcoming USRowing Youth Nationals which will be held at Nathan Benderson Park. To get to the top of national competition, they will need to go through the gauntlet of races one more time. In each event, these scullers will have to race in a preliminary heat, a semi-final, and the final. Each race is 2000 meters long. In addition they will be racing in Florida’s Gulf Coast heat.
Entering their respective divisions will be:
Jack Luby will race in the Men’s Youth Singles. Jack is a Moses Brown junior who took first at the regionals by about four lengths. In the Women’s Youth Singles, Emily Kallfelz was the top racer at Lowell and is looking forward to eclipsing her Bronze Medal that she took at the 2014 Nationals. Emily won her event at this year’s Northeast Championships by about four lengths. Emily lives in Newport and is a recent graduate of St. George’s School. In the Men’s Youth Lightweight Doubles, Artym Hayda and Toby Satterthwaite took first place at the Northeast Championships with a time that would have been a challenge to the heavyweights. They won their race by 4-5 lengths. Both are students at Wheeler. Artym is a senior and Toby is a sophomore. In the Women’s Youth Doubles, Emily will combine with her sister Eliza. They were also winners at the Northeast Championships by five lengths and should be a formidable tandem at the Nationals. Eliza is a sophomore at St. George’s.
In addition to these top-ranked scullers, Peter McKendall, a junior at Moses Brown, placed third in the Men’s Youth Singles and Brigid Kennedy, a Moses Brown sophomore, placed fourth in the Women’s Youth Singles. But, since one of the scullers who finished ahead of her could not use the Northeast as her qualifying regatta, Brigid moved into the third qualifying position. So Brigid and Peter McKendall will also be going to the Youth Nationals.Taken altogether, these seven scullers have developed into a tour de force by capturing so many top spots in sculling competition. All have been coached by Peter Wilhelm of Barrington who has already turned out a number of national championship sculling boats over the past six years. All of them train on the Seekonk River at the Narragansett Boat Club in Providence. The Kallfelz sisters are distinctive, however, since they see limited rowing time on the water in Providence and do the bulk of their training on indoor rowing machines and other land-based activity.