ROWING — A women’s crew from New Trier won a bronze medal at the USRowing Youth Nationals in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on Sunday, the second time in two years that a boat from the North Shore school has achieved that distinction in the prestigious regatta.
With an end-of-the-race rush, the women’s lightweight eight edged Mount St. Joseph from Philadephia by 1.88 seconds for third place and the bronze.
The New Trier crew finished in 7:10.06 on the 2,000-meter course. Community Rowing of Brighton, Mass., won the race in 7:01.84.
Two other New Trier crews participated in the event, which drew 343 entries from 148 clubs in 29 states and was held on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge.
The women’s first varsity eight finished eighth overall, taking second in the “B” final. The women’s varsity four came in 18th, with a sixth-place finish in the “C” final.
The lightweight eight’s bronze medal capped a successful season for the New Trier rowing program. In May, on the same Oak Ridge course, the school’s men’s and women’s teams won the overall points trophy in the Midwest scholastic rowing championships.
The USRowing Youth National Championships is an invitational championship regatta for varsity-only events and sponsored by USRowing, the governing body of the sport of rowing in the U.S.
New Trier received three bids to compete at this regatta by winning three varsity events at the Scholastic Midwest Championships, one of many qualifying regattas held throughout the United States.
The event is 500 meters longer than the standard scholastic distance.
In last year’s youth nationals, held at Harsha Lake outside of Cincinatti, New Trier’s women’s varsity eight took third place.
The members of New Trier women’s lightweight eight are: Rachel Watkin, Sophia Krause-Levy, Emily Kofman. Natalie Smith, Eliza Weaver, Julia Wolf. Lynsey Robertson, Jasmine Truong and Sophie Lee.
The women’s varsity eight team is: Jenn Maley, Hemingway Benton, Megan Marchuk, Mell Eckert, Meredith Fischer, Merritt Denham, Rachel Crosley, Alex Swift and Caroline DeWeirdt.
The women’s varsity four is: Dani Cipinko, Jessy Streur, Elsbeth Weeks, Remi Johnson and Olivia Gignilliat.