Three Boats to Nationals, Six Other Medalists Lead LOCR’S Success At NW Regionals
June 5, 2013By Ian Lamont of Lakeridge High School
The LOCR rowers were particularly strong in sculling events, where each rower commands two oars. All of the National finalists and four of the six other medalists occurred in sculling, with two in sweep-rowing, where each rower commands one oar. The events designated with an “x’ in their title are sculling races.
Besides the Nationals’ qualifiers, six other boats, involving 20 other rowers, received medals for their performance at Vancouver Lake. On Friday, in the Men’s Novice 2 4+ sweep-rowing event, coxswain Griffin Kelly and rowers Henry Armstrong, Zach Garrison, Owen Feeney and Henry Adams received bronze medals; in the Men’s Novice 5 4+, cox Tyler Miller and rowers Nathan Redinbo, Ben Taylor, Thomas Cheng and Matt White medaled with a close second place finish; John Schiedler and Tom Viggiano placed third in Men’s Novice 2x race; and, capping off a four medal day, cox Kelly with rowers Feeney, Isaac Hascall, Peter Murdoch and A.J. Rise were awarded a silver medal in the Men’s Novice 4x+.
On Saturday, Griffin Lutz won the silver medal for his performance in the Men’s Ltwt 1x event. The following day saw Phoenix Susak receive the silver medal and Jacoby Wilson the bronze medal in the Men’s 2 1x race.
In addition to its medal winners, LOCR fielded complete crews of Varsity Men, Novice Men, Varsity Women and Novice Women, who performed well in many very close races against the best competition in the eight- state Northwest Region within US Rowing.
In a whimsical “friendly,” the last four races on Sunday involved youth Men’s and Women’s teams representing the various high schools within the several rowing clubs’ areas. Lakeridge and Lake Oswego Highs each fielded Men’s and Women’s crews in the four HS 8+ races. The two local schools were in separate heats, which prevented a true, head-to-head “Civil War” event. Nonetheless, it should be stated that the LO men won their heat and the LO women won the “Best Costume” award, with all nine crew members festooned in foot high, 1960’s-style beehive hairdos!
The US Rowing Junior Nationals finals are made up of qualifying rowing club boats from seven regional competitions across the country and five scholastic regattas in the Midwest, Middle Atlantic and Northeast.