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The Road to Nationals
Vashon Island Junior Crew recently competed at the Northwest Junior Regional Championship in Vancouver, Washington where four of our boats raced their way to one of the top three spots in the finals, qualifying for national competition. The boats that qualified were the women’s varsity double, women’s varsity single, men’s varsity quad and men’s varsity double. The U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships will take place on the second weekend of June in Oak Ridge, Tennessee where the six qualifying rowers and coach will travel to compete against the fastest junior rowers in the nation.
As Vashon Island Junior Crew is a small rowing program with 37 athletes, qualifying for Nationals has been a tremendous challenge. Vashon has sent only eight boats to the National Championships during the team’s 22 year existence, one in 2007, one in 2008, two in 2010, and four in 2011. Last year the women’s varsity quad came in second nationally, winning the silver medal and the men’s lightweight double came home with the bronze.
This exciting opportunity will require substantial funding in order to make the competition for the Vashon rowers a success. The team will need to pay for the rowers’ expenses: airfare, boat rentals, regatta fees, coaching expenses, and room and board while at the competition, adding up to an estimated $15,000. The team is asking for support to help subsidize this cost so that we will be able to participate in this elite event.
Please contribute what you can. Anything and everything helps! You can donate here on our website: http://vashoncrew.com/support-crew/ or mail your donation to VIJC P.O. Box 79, Vashon WA 98070 (please write “Nationals 2012” on your check). Thank you so much for your support, we really appreciate it!!
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