The Saugatuck Rowing Club made big waves last weekend.
The local juniors won 2 gold medals at US Rowing’s Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida. It’s only the 2nd time ever that a club won both the lightweight and openweight girls 8 events.
The victory by the girls openweight 8 capped an undefeated year. The crew achieved youth rowing’s Triple Crown, winning the Head of the Charles regatta, San Diego Crew Classic and Youth Nationals.
SRC sent a 2nd girls openweight 8 to Florida, a rare qualifying feat. That crew placed 8th overall.
In addition, an openweight girls pair from SRC won a bronze medal. And a lightweight girls 4– composed entirely of 1st-year rowers – won the C final.
Of the 30 female rowers, 20 from Westport won medals. A number return for the 2015-16 season.
The Saugatuck Rowing Club does not get a lot of press. We see them working — hard — on the river. But around here crew is not exactly a spectator sport.
Congratulations to all — and to SRC junior director Sharon Kriz — on a job well done!
(Westporters on the winning boats include girls varsity 8: Lelia Boley, Grace McGinley, Alison Morrison, Katherine Ratcliffe, Willemijn ten Cate and Nica Wardell; girls varsity lightweight 8: Grace Johnson, Reni Forer, Camila Meyer-Bosse and Imogen Ratcliffe.