Space Coast Crew Quad Team Earns Bronze at U.S. Rowing Youth National Championship
By Space Coast Daily // June 17, 2017
competitors trained all year for championship
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Competing against the top teams from all around the country, a men’s quad from Space Coast Crew earned a bronze medal in their event at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championship regatta in Sarasota, Florida.
The Space Coast Crew quad included Jackson Baney of West Shore High, Nicholas Baney, FVS, Jason Bersani of Satellite High and Weston Hall, FVS.
Taking second place in the semifinals, they advanced to the finals on Sunday, June 11. The quad covered the 2,000 meter course in 6:19. A quad is a sculling shell with four rowers, each having two oars.
This is the first Space Coast Crew boat to advance to the grand finals at any national regatta since the club was started in 1996.
This lineup also took first place at the U.S. Rowing Southeast Regionals regatta held in May on Lake Lanier in Georgia, which was a qualifier for the national championships.
“These dedicated rowers, along with their teammates, have trained all year for this competition,” said Lisa Young of Space Coast Crew.
“The two seniors in the boat are cousins, and will be rowing at college this fall. Jack Baney will row at Hobart College and Nick Baney will row for Florida Institute of Technology. The two juniors in the boat are training to compete at the U.S. Rowing U19 World Junior Championship Trials at Lake Mercer in New Jersey. Weston Hall and Jason Bersani will compete in a double later this month.”
The winners in each event will represent the United States at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships to be held in Lithuania in August.
Space Coast Crew is holding summer camps for 6-12 grade students.
“Crew is a great option for a child who has not participated in athletics or one who is ready for a change,” said Young.
“Rowing teaches students responsibility, time management, and discipline, while enjoying the comradery of a team sport. Rowing is a non-contact, low-impact sport, so major injuries, including concussions, are avoided. Rowing can also offer scholarships for college.”
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