VIJC Seniors Compete on National Stage
While most people associate fireworks and hot dogs with the 4th of July two VIJC seniors swapped the dogs for the Independence Day Regatta (IDR) in Philadelphia, a storied venue and the birthplace of US competitive rowing.
Taegan Lynch is spending a big chunk of her summer rowing in a Penn Athletic Club program on the Schuylkill River, the site of the regatta. She competed in the IDR in a four and an eight, reaching the final race in both boats out of a field of over 40 entrants, placing 4th and 6th respectively.
Baxter Call also competed at IDR rowing for the East Coast Scullers where he had spent the previous three weeks rowing in Pittsburgh on the Allegheny River at the Steel City Rowing Club facility. This US Rowing development camp is designed to train rowers for the US national program and Call reports that it was not a disappointment. Staffed by former Romanian World Champion rowers the program was short on syllables and long on effort. The first week of three-a-day training sessions included over 150 kilometers of rowing. The Steel City program reinforced the three most important aspects of competitive rowing that Vashon Coach Richard Parr has emphasized: “length, length and length”. The further the oar blade goes through the water on each stroke the further the boat moves forward.
At IDR Call raced in a single and double reaching the semi-final in the double. He stroked an eight to a first place finish in the semi-final and a third overall place in the Junior Eight final.
Senior Maya Krah was selected for a US Rowing High Performance camp on the basis of her very impressive 2K erg score pieces this past year. The camp is being held at the
US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut and Maya reports: “I never thought that I would be a person who feels comfortable being away from home and making a second family out of complete strangers. Immediately upon arriving at camp, I felt a connection to each of the other rowers who traveled to be a part of this team.”
Krah, Lynch and Bryn Gilbert, who has been rowing this summer at a program at the University of Washington, met up this past weekend (July 12th through 14th) in Camden, New Jersey for Junior Club Nationals Regatta. In addition to invaluable racing experience and building bonds with rowers from around the country, Gilbert and Lynch will
return home with Bronze medals in the eight and the four, respectively. Well done ladies!
By: Pat Call