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.
Sarasota, FL- The Sarasota Scullers will be sending 7 student-athletes and 1 coach/master rower to the first World Rowing Indoor Championships being held in Alexandria, Virginia on February 17-18. The same organization, World Rowing, held the successful 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota organized the new Indoor Rowing Championships with a partnership with Concept 2 and USRowing.
The seven student-athletes are Kaden Bowels (sophomore at Sarasota High School), TJ Cochran (sophomore at Venice High School), Shelby Ernst (sophomore at Fort Myers High School), Savannah Stewart (sophomore at Riverview High School), Emily Naidel (sophomore at Pine View School), Patrick Watson (senior at Out of Door Academy), and Katie Beiler (senior at Riverview High School). Head Coach Laura Corbett-Brown will be competing in the masters’ category.
An excited Coach Laura stated, ”The experience of participating in a World Rowing event is incredible.” She continued,” It is a pleasure seeing the dedication, hard-work, and focus paying off for these young adults.”
ABOUT THE SARASOTA SCULLERS: The Sarasota Scullers are a 501c3 non-profit founded in 1991. Currently, the program has 5 coaches and approximately 75 student-athletes in middle & high school programs. The Scullers travel for regattas in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Virginia, and California. Donations are always appreciated.
Sarasota, FL- The Sarasota Scullers made themselves well known at the 2017 USRowing Masters National Championships being held at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Sarasota Scullers’ Board Member Karen Wiegandt and Sarasota Scullers’ Head Coach Laura Corbett-Brown won the 2017 USRowing National Championship Women’s 2x for women in the 36-42 age bracket. The pair went on to compete is the Women’s 2x for women between 27-35. Even though Laura and Karen were competing against younger rowers and just completing a difficult race, the two won a silver for the race.
Coach Laura and Karen will compete in 13 races during the 4-day event. With more races on Saturday and Sunday, their medal count could increase.