Space Coast Crew Race at Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sweep State Championships

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Space Coast Crew finished strong fifth overall in team points out of more than 40 teams

This past weekend at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida, Space Coast Crew raced at the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sweep State Championship. (Space Coast Crew image)

BREVARD COUNTY • INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, FLORIDA – This past weekend at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida, Space Coast Crew raced at the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sweep State Championship.

The Space Coast Crew team finished a strong fifth overall in team points out of more than 40 teams and over 2,000 athletes competing in various categories.

The regatta lasted two days and the crews raced a distance of 1,500 meters each day. Space Coast Crew had three boats place at the regatta:

■ Boys’ Varsity 8+ – 3rd place out of 13
■ Girls’ Junior 8+ – 2nd place out of 7
■ Boy’s Third Varsity 8+ – 3rd place out of 4

The Boys’ Varsity Eight laid down a great time in some rough conditions on Saturday during their heat to make it to the final. They rowed a blazing time of 4:30.12 and were second place in their heat.

This is the first time in 16 years Space Coast Crew has had a boys’ varsity eighth medals at the state championship.

In the final, the crew was able to overcome a rough start in a strong crosswind and row back into third place. They closed the gap in first and second place finishing only 7 and 5 seconds behind respectively.

The crew was comprised of Zachary Vaidic, Ryan Ste Marie, Luke Pair, Lincoln Hendricks, Jack Mackinnon, Duke Campbell, Thomas Eastwood, Daniel Minogue and coxswain Sophia Troia.

The Girls Junior 8+ also had two fantastic races this past weekend competing against six other boats. In both their heat and final, the crew had an extremely strong start and were able to push out in front of four of the other crews. (Space Coast Crew image)

The Girls Junior 8+ also had two fantastic races this past weekend competing against six other boats. In both their heat and final, the crew had an extremely strong start and were able to push out in front of four of the other crews.

As the race developed in the final, they were able to create a large gap of 11 seconds between them and third place.

The crew was comprised of Kaitlyn Jackson, Cailin Buchanan, Adair Connor, Allison Walkup, Alexis Lapp, Nicole Van Esselstyn, Caroline Scott, Sidney Norman, and coxswain Laura Cleasby.

The Boys’ Third varsity 8+ had a good race on Saturday during the heats and an even better race on Sunday in the finals.

They really fought hard in their final on Sunday showing some serious improvement in boat speed which helped close the gap by one second on the field.

The crew was comprised of Andy Li, Jason (Jake) Lagasca, Gabriel Fleis, Caleb Parkerson, Austin Osborn, Ryan Marin, Lucas Da Silva, Jacob Marano, and coxswain Samuel Jones. (Space Coast Crew image)

The crew was comprised of Andy Li, Jason (Jake) Lagasca, Gabriel Fleis, Caleb Parkerson, Austin Osborn, Ryan Marin, Lucas Da Silva, Jacob Marano and coxswain Samuel Jones.

Space Coast Crew is a nonprofit rowing team open to all students in Brevard County and is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

“We are growing and developing a team that would love for any athletes in high school and middle school to join our team,” said Space Coast Crew spokesman Bryan Little.

“We row on the beautiful Banana River and have a boathouse located at Oars and Paddles Park in Indian Harbour Beach.”

If you’re interested in trying a learn to row camp or joining the team, please contact Bryan Little at Sccheadcoach@gmail.com or check out our website at spacecoastcrew.org.

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