Green Lake Summer Extravaganza
The OAR Summer programs for experienced juniors wrapped up on August 3 at the Green Lake Summer Regatta. The regatta was preceded by five weeks of 6 a.m. practices and attendance was nearly perfect!
Over forty juniors and five adults represented OAR at the regatta, some for the first time and, sadly, several for the last. It was the first race for the brand-new summer novices, the first time the rising novices from last Spring competed on the varsity/experienced team, and the last race as a junior competitor for three graduating seniors. We wish the best to Logan Young, Mikey Scafe, and Madi Shepler on their next adventures in life and rowing!
Everyone enjoyed a splendid regatta on a sunny, pleasant day of racing, rigging, resting, and re-fueling (at the always resplendent chuck wagon—thanks parents!). Every competitor rowed a great race and the results reflected that; every novice and experienced youth earned at least one medal!
The only masters crew that competed also won bronze in their event, in a race they dedicated to OAR co-founder Les Eldridge, who sadly passed away several days before the regatta. Pat De Neui, who rowed bow in this crew, first rowed under Coach Les in the very first high school girls crew in the Northwest at Green Lake in the 1960’s.
Overall, OAR crews won six gold medals, five silver, and one bronze. OAR won more gold medals in junior races than any other club, and every novice won at least one gold medal!
Coaches: Lenny O’Donnell (Lead Experienced Coach), Kyle Darling (Lead Novice Coach), Noah Montz, and Morgan Anderson.
B.C. Championships, Elk Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Earlier in the summer, eleven juniors participated in an intense, two-practice-per day, three-week camp to prepare for racing at the B.C. Championships on Vancouver Island in July. Ten out of eleven OAR rowers (most of them recent novices competing against varsity crews for the first time) won medals at this highly competitive regatta. The final tally for OAR crews was two silver and four bronze medals. Coaches: Lenny O’Donnell, (Lead Coach), Kyle Darling (Co-Lead) and Noah Montz.
Other National & International Regattas
Several OAR junior rowers participated in USRowing camps and regattas this summer. Maddie Wright, Ellie Rowley, Natalie Bailey, and Cale Matheson raced at the O.D.P. Camp regatta at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, FL, competing against O.D.P. Camp crews from other regions. They had a great regatta, bringing home one gold and two silvers.
Cate Burtner competed at the National Championships in Ohio as a member of the USRowing U-17 High Performance Team. Cate had an exceptionally successful regatta, winning two gold medals and one silver against some of the top youth rowers in the nation.
OAR’s first international medals won by a current high-school student-athlete were earned by Emily Jaudon at the CanAmMex Regatta, also at Benderson Park in Florida. Emily took gold in the 4x and silver in the 1x against international crews from Canada and Mexico.
The junior experienced team takes to the water again on August 26 and we’re all looking forward to continued fun and racing in the Fall!