River City Rowing Club has two entries qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships June 8-10 at Lake Natoma. The championships, which serve as the premier youth rowing event in the United States, sees approximately 1,500 athletes competing in more than 350 crews, representing some 150 teams from across the country – all vying for national titles in 18 boat classes. Alex Sobrato secured entry after a gold medal finish in the Men’s Single event at SW Regional Championships on May 5th. The Women’s Double of Nola Rowe and Audrey Adamchak had a 4th place finish and will also be competing for River City in the Women’s Doubles.
Alex is a graduating senior from West Campus High School in Sacramento. He is hoping to attend Oregon State University, where he plans to study kinesiology after learning about the connection between the human body and the physics of moving the boat and last year’s anatomy class. He started rowing for River City five years ago as an 8th grader. “I came to rowing because my mom made me try it,” confessed Alex. “I didn’t do a lot of sports growing up, summer swim and water polo for a year, but after taking a one week learn to row class I found I really liked it.” For Alex, SW Champs was only his second time racing in the singles event this season due to the event being less common during the regular season. “Alex looks like a rower in that he is 6’3.5″ tall and weighs about 175 pounds,” commented his coach Arthur Ericsson. “But what allows Alex to excel is his consistent effort and technical skill.” Alex was elected by his teammates to be their captain this season. He never thought he’d be racing in the singles event. “I knew it was a super competitive event. I’m both excited and nervous but feel ready and confident with the work I’ve done.”
Nola and Audrey are juniors at John F Kennedy High School and Davis Senior High, respectively. There coaches Dave Hammond and Cody Crawford remarked that “their double (2 person scull) has been one of consistent improvement throughout the season, as they have continuously closed the gap on all other crews. Their dedication to improvement has served them well in their chase to attend the national championship. In spite of being significantly off the leaders at Head of the American, this double kept their heads down and didn’t let any barriers stand in their way. Their ability to dig deep into themselves and preform at the top of their abilities has served them well throughout their campaign, and their coaches look forward to what they’ll be able to do at the National Championship regatta next weekend.”
The student athletes are maintaining their full training schedule six days a week for the additional five weeks leading up to nationals as they also prepare for final exams.
Information can be found at http://www.usrowing.org/event/2018-youth-national-championships/
For information about summer Learn to Row classes for kids 10-18 years old, visit http://www.rivercityrowing.org/learn-to-row
Submitted by River City Rowing Club Executive Director Arthur Ericsson, Head Junior Coach