At least three rowers from West Seattle are at the Youth National Championships this weekend in Northern California. First, Steve Cameron sent this report on two of them:
Your readers may be interested to know we have two high school athletes from West Seattle (Fauntleroy to be exact) competing at the US Rowing Youth National Championships this weekend. Rowing does not make the news too much but there are over 1,000 teens in Western WA who are rowers.
Rohin Petram is a Junior, rows for Vashon Island, and attends Vashon High School. He is a lifelong resident of WS and has grown up in the Fauntleroy neighborhood. He competed in a single this weekend and just missed the Grand final but will compete in the B Final on Sunday afternoon. He will be a Senior next year and is set to have an amazing year in 2018/2019.
Mackenna Cameron in a graduating Senior at Chief Sealth International High School. She is also born and raised in West Seattle and lives in Fauntleroy. Mackenna rows for Green Lake Crew, a Seattle Parks and Rec facility. She is in the Woman’s 8+ boat and they finished second in their Semifinal Saturday morning and at 10:30 am on Sunday morning they will row for the US Rowing Youth Women’s 8+ National Championship. There were 24 teams from across the US who earned a spot in the National Championships and it is down to six teams competing for the title tomorrow, including Green Lake Crew.
Mackenna’s Green Lake Boat has had a great year winning the Women’s Youth 8+ titles at the Husky Open in April, the Brentwood Regatta on Vancouver Island, the Eleanor McElvaine Cup at the 2018 Windermere Cup Regatta in Seattle, and in late May, they won the US Rowing Youth NW Regional Championships in Vancouver, WA to earn a spot at this weekend’s National Championships in Rancho Cordova, CA, outside of Sacramento. After this weekend, Mackenna and her teammates are headed to England to compete in three regattas, including the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames.
Mackenna will also join the University of Washington Huskies Crew in the Fall of 2018.
Here are links to Sunday’s races:
Livestream available after 8:00 am.
Results Page – Updates live as the race finish.
We also heard earlier about West Seattle High School senior Reed Lower making it to the nationals.
He rows from the Mount Baker Club house, his mom Kathy Lower explained. His boat, the Men’s V4+, was one of four from Mount Baker that qualified for nationals. Kathy says Reed “plans to row D1 at Santa Clara University.”