Saugatuck Rowers Race To National Titles

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.

Girls openweight 8 - Saugatuck Rowing Club

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.

... and the national champ lightweight 8 boat.

… and the national champ lightweight 8 boat.

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.



4 responses to “Saugatuck Rowers Race To National Titles

  1. Susan Greenberg

    The head coach of the SRC girls’ team is Chase Graham. The assistant coach, pictured with the light 8+, is Gordon Getsinger.

  2. Congratulations! As a rower in University, I surely know how physically demanding the sport is (makes marathon running seem like a walk in the park!)
    Dan, when you say rowing is not a spectator sport there, do you mean that regattas aren’t held on the Saugatuck? If so, that’s a shame.