Space Coast Crew Press Finish 5th Overall at the Florida State Rowing Championship in Sarasota
By Space Coast Daily // April 29, 2022
Boys’ Varsity Eight timed at a 4:47.49 in final heat
BREVARD COUNTY • INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, FLORIDA – Space Coast Crew raced at the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sweep State Championship last weekend at the world-class venue Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida.
The park is North America’s premier rowing course and regatta center, where teams on the high school, collegiate, and Olympic levels go to the race.
Space Coast Crew participated with over 38 teams and more than 2,500 athletes throughout the state of Florida. The team finished 5th overall in team points, after 2 days of heat races and finals.
The crews covered a distance of 1,500 meters in each race. Space Coast Crew had two boats placed at the regatta:
■ Boys’ Varsity 8+ – 3rd place out of 12,
■ Boys’ Second Varsity 8+ – 2nd place out of 8
The Boys’ Varsity Eight worked hard on Saturday during their heat to move into the finals with the other top 6 boats.
“They rowed at a blazing time of 4:47.49 and were in second place in their heat,” said Bryan Little, Space Coast Crew Director of Rowing and Head Coach.
“With smoother water conditions on Sunday, and a will to win, they rowed 4:35:48 in a thrilling photo-finish finals race, just 4/10 of a second behind 2nd place. This was an exciting follow-up to last year, as it is the second time in the last 16 years that Space Coast Crew has had a boys’ varsity eight medals at the state championship.”
The crew was comprised of Colin Schuck, Pierre Gouin, James Draper, Lincoln Hendricks, Luke Pair, Duke Campbell, Thomas Eastwood, Jack Neville, and coxswain Sam Jones.
The Boys Second Varsity 8+ also had two fantastic races this past weekend competing against some tough teams. They blazed through the heat race as winners, finishing almost 7 seconds ahead of the 2nd place boat.
They then went on to race extremely strong in the finals, taking second place with an impressive time of 4:42:05.
The crew was comprised of Austin Osborn, Aaron Li, Chris Hall, Joseph Derenthal, Ethan Frye, Griffin Cobb, Zac Vadiac, Jacob Marano, and coxswain Conor Knight.
The Women’s team also raced extremely well this weekend as they placed second in their heat against some very tough competition, which advanced them to the top 6 finals, finishing in 4th place out of 8.
Some of Space Coast Crew’s experienced Middle School rowers also had the opportunity to attend states this year, as novice growers, and revel in the experience of racing on the High School level at a world-class venue.
Space Coast Crew is a Non-Profit Rowing team open to Middle School and High School students in Brevard County and just recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
“We are a growing and developing a team that would love for any interested athletes to join our team,” said Little.
“We row on the beautiful Banana River and utilize the 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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