Harsha Lake, Bethel, OH - The under 23 summer squad faced 115 of the best teams from across the country at USRowing's Club National Championships last week where more than 2,100 athletes and 1,750 boats competed over five days.
There were 65 entries in the women's under 17 single event time trial including Rockland's rising juniors Gabriele Welp and Vanessa Even-Chen. Gabriele had the tenth fastest time covering the course in 8:30.57 and Vanessa defeated 31 rowers with a time of 9:01.77. Both girls fared very well in an open field as lightweight rowers and Vanessa stands out for having only started rowing on the water this calendar year.
Gabriele Welp also raced the single in the women's intermediate lightweight event. The young athlete advanced from the time trial to the semifinal and tried to maneuver out of her fourth place position with a big push near the 250 meter mark to secure a spot in the grand final, but was outclassed by older and more experienced rowers. She finished the race with a time of 8:25.81 with third place OKC still five seconds ahead (5. Parati-8:41.83, 6. Nashville 8:45.31, 7. Wayland-Weston 8:50.64). Gabriele came in 7th overall in a field of 27 mostly collegiate rowers, an impressive feat for a 15-year-old and said, "The experience allowed me to see what I am capable of doing on the race course and has shown me that anything is possible as long as you commit to it and truly want it."
Rising senior Ariel Deljanin stroked the women's under 19 double with teammate Juliette Frank in bow. The Rockland duo defeated a total of 27 crews in a field of 65 finishing with a time of 8:04.02. Juliette signed to row with UCLA's Bruins beginning this fall and Ariel is being actively recruited by Division I rowing coaches.
In the women's intermediate lightweight double, Lucille Tasker and Gabriele Welp advanced from 26 entries in the time trial to the semifinal and then the grand final where they finished in fifth place (8:05.38) ahead of Y Quad Cities (8:10.26). Lucille is a former Rockland rower and just finished her first year as a coxswain for Wisconsin women's lightweight rowing team. This past year she ran three marathons and is currently training for an Ironman competition.
Rockland newcomer and rising senior at Ridgewood, Chloe Young raced as part of the USRowing Junior Women's High Performance Camp where she finished 12th of 65 in the under 19 double, 20th of 36 in the under 19 quad and fifth in the grand final of the intermediate eight. "We're looking forward to having Chloe train with us in the fall," said head coach Melissa Boyd. "She's an incredible athlete and will be a great addition to our team."
Next up is the Philly Youth Regatta on July 22.