Rockland Rowing Association traveled to the Cooper River, Camden, New Jersey this past weekend to compete in the USRowing U17/U15 National Championships. This first ever National Regatta featured crews from all over the United States, including California, Florida, and Texas.
The RRA U15 Boys Quad, consisting of athletes under 15 years old, brought home a Bronze medal in racing over two days. The Quad, comprised of Alex Cathcart, Alex High, Mattan Goshen, and Nikolai Sazanov, completed a time trial on Saturday morning to qualify for the Final on Sunday. In the final, competing against boats from Sarasota, FL, Greenwich, CT, Saratoga, NY, and Sheldon, CT, the boys defeated three other crews to bring home a bronze medal.
In the U17 Single Sculls, Celeste Voutsinas-Klose, a junior at Nyack High School, and Caroline High, from Montvale, New Jersey finished their time trials in 8th and 9th, qualifying them for the singles finals on Sunday. Under beautiful sunny skies and a slight breeze, Voutsinas-Klose completed the 2000 meter course 8:52.089 to remain as the eighth in the nation, with High crossing the line in 9:04.771 to finish ninth.
In the U15 Girls Double, Rockland’s entry finished fifth overall. In an exciting heat, Catrina Bernhardt and Mae Dolan qualified for the final by one second ahead of the crew from Great River. In Sunday’s final, they executed a great final sprint and just narrowly missed the podium, with only one second separating third and fifth place.
In the U15 Girls Single, Emma Deljanin from Old Tappan, New Jersey qualified for the B final from her heat on Saturday. She decisively won her final in a time of 4:39.245, ten seconds ahead of the next rower.
Full Results here:
Photos Courtesy of Peter Close and USRowing