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Members and Supporters,

I thought you would be interested in the results achieved at Junior Worlds from the Junior Women who were members of the US Rowing Junior Selection Camp at GMS. Alexandra Zadravec and Rosemary Grinalds are junior members of GMS. I would also like to congratulate Kalia Krichko for being selected for the CANAMEX Games held in Mexico City.

In addition we need to mention the US Rowing High Performance Worlds Development Team! Jaclyn Cloud was selected for the stroke seat for the Junior Women’s Quadruple Scull that went to Berlin, Germany to train and do pieces with the German Junior National Team.

For the Masters Mike Verlin (2 golds) Paula Meyer (1 gold and a bronze) and Mike O’Leary (1 gold) represented GMS at Masters Nationals, Worchester, MA.

Results for World Rowing Junior Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

The following boats were coached by Guenter Beutter and were part of the US Rowing Selection Camp held this summer in New Milford at GMS Rowing Center

Silver Medal for the Junior Women’s Quad
A Final for Junior Women’s Double
15th Place for the Junior Single Scull
The following is a ‘lift’ from US Rowing:

Junior Women’s Quadruple Scull

It was a moment in a day of big moments for the U.S. junior women’s team. Not only had the pair won silver, but the women’s junior quadruple sculls team of Cicely Madden (Weston, Mass.), Alexandra Zadravec (Fairfield, Conn.), Elizabeth Sharis (Bettendorf, Iowa) and Rosemary Grinalds (New York, N.Y.) also took silver and medaled for the first time for the U.S. in that event.

The last U.S. final of the day was also an event that the U.S. has never medaled in. Last year at Eton Dorney, England, the quad was fourth and very close to third. This year with 15-year-old Sharis in the mix of the top four women’s single scullers in the country – they finished one through four at the USRowing Youth National Championships this spring – this was a boat destined to make history.

Romania led off the line and the U.S. went after them with New Zealand chasing. The three boats separated from the pack early and stayed in the same positions the length of the 2000-meter course. The U.S. knew New Zealand had speed and were determined not to let them pass.

“Last night we sat down and we were decided we needed to make a change,” said Grinalds. “We wanted to get up on that podium and we rearranged our race plan a little bit. We took a ten to make history at the five hundred meter mark and we moved. And then we took another ten at the third five hundred.

“We knew we had to speed it up. We kept it going and we kept going and we did not let (New Zealand) walk back and that’s what we wanted to do today,” she said.

“It’s super amazing,” said Sharis. “This is the biggest race I’ve ever done and I am so happy to medal. It’s so amazing. It’s worlds

Junior Women’s Double Sculls

Mackenzi Sherman (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Olivia MacLean (Lancaster, Mass.) made the A final and 6th place which is a huge achievement coming in 6th. The following is a report of their semi-final – an exciting race:

After falling out of a qualifying position in the first three quarters of the race, Sherman and MacLean put out a solid final 500-meter sprint to the line to catch and pass Poland and finish third, advancing to the final tomorrow.

“It just came down to who wanted it more,” MacLean said. “Mackenzi and I have been working all summer for this and we just kept our heads in the boat and went for it. We didn’t look up. We didn’t look over. We just tried as hard as we could and it paid off. Going into the last five hundred I knew Poland was a strong crew and had a fast last five hundred.

“I was pretty worried that we were not going to be able to catch them, but we just raced our race and hoped for the best.”

Junior Women’s Single Sculls

Rowing in the C final, junior women’s single sculler Nina Vascotto (Huntington, N.Y.) finished third and claimed fifteenth place overall. Racing Norway, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Brazil, Vascotto finished in a time of 8:10.93. Norway won in 8:07.37.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and hope to see you on Sunday September 16th at the GMS Regatta and Sprint.