Eliza, Jack, and Harrison Take Gold; Brigid Takes Bronze at USRowing Youth Nationals
West Windsor, NJ/June 11: Congratulations to our Narragansett Boat Club youth scullers: Eliza Kallfelz, gold medal winner in the Women’s Youth Singles; Brigid Kennedy, bronze medal winner in the same event. Likewise, congratulations to Jack Luby and Harrison Snow who took the gold in the Men’s Youth Doubles. There were other scullers who did not win medals, but did an excellent job: Toby Satterthwaite placed fourth in the Men’s Youth Singles; he then quickly scooted back to the dock so that he could race with Peter McKendall in the Men’s Youth Doubles, where they placed fourth. Theo Golstein and Luke Demers narrowly missed making the finals in the Men’s Lightweight Youth Doubles, but put together another impressive race to win the Petite Final. The same goes for Lincoln School’s tandem of Georgia Jones and Hannah Fitts (also NBC Members) who did not qualify for the Semi-Finals, but did win the C Final of the Women’s Youth Doubles. Congratulations to coaches Peter Wilhelm (NBC) and Dan Gorriaran (Lincoln); as well as to the families of all of the scullers. It was a strong showing for the Rhode Island delegation to this national event.
Narragansett Boat Club's scullers came to the USRowing Youth National Championships with the expectation that they would do well. So well that they might win four out of four events that they had entered. It looked like all of the boats were progressing as planned when seven of eight Narragansett boats qualified for their finals, which was probably unprecedented for this regatta. The stage was set for a dramatic finish.
But then predicted high winds for the Sunday finals pushed regatta organizers to compress the remaining schedule into all day Saturday. To do this they eliminated the repechage events and shortened the time between the races. So when Eliza finished winning her singles race, she had only 24 minutes to hop into the double with Lucy Hamilton to make it back up to the Start. They were only 500 meters away from the starting line when the Starter, by rule called "2 minutes" and started their race. Eliza and Lucy, favorites to win the Women's Youth Doubles, were listed in the results as DNF, even though they did not race.
Jack Luby, also a favorite to win the Men's Youth Singles, faced the same challenge and had to make a similar choice. He felt he had to withdraw from the Men's Youth Singles since there was not adequate time for him to get back to race in the Men's Youth Double with Harrison, as a result they were able to have a normal warmup for their race, which they won.
If you wish more information on the racing, go to this link: https://herenow.com/results/#/races/20233/results. All races were 2000 meters in length held on Mercer Lake.