February 11, 2017, Orlando, Fla--In their first spring regatta, Sarasota Scullers Youth Rowing Team novice and freshman rowers earned seven medals out of the nine events entered at the Novice Regatta in Orlando, Florida.
The Women's Freshman 8+ launch for they race at Turkey Lake, Orlando.
The Men’s Freshman 2x and Women’s Novice 2x won their heats and posted the fastest overall times in the field. The Women’s Freshman 8+, Women’s Novice 8+, Men’s Novice 2x B-boat, and Men’s Freshman 4+ placed second, and the Men’s Novice 8+ came in third during their races. The remaining two entries, the Men’s Novice 2x A-boat and Men’s Novice 4x placed 4th.
“I'm extremely pleased with the results today. It was a strong start for our sprint season, and I am excited to see us continue to gain speed throughout the upcoming season,” said Coach Laura Brown.
Savannah Stewart of Riverview and Emily Naidel of Pine View, raced in the winning Women’s Novice 2x.
“Our race was pretty good considering we had given our all in the Freshman 8 race. We were immediately in front of all the other doubles and just held it down and trusted our fitness, as instructed by Coach Laura,” said Stewart.
The Novice Regatta is an opportunity for first-year and Freshman rowers from around the state to experience sprint racing against their peers before entering the competitive spring regatta season.
Sarasota Scullers next race Saturday, February 18, at Nathan Benderson Park. The entire team will participate in the American Youth Cup I.
From ABC 7-My Suncoast: The Sarasota Scullers Youth Rowing Program entered 16 boats and earned 13 medals at this past weekend's 8th annual Sarasota Invitational Regatta held at Nathan Benderson Park.