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Crew Finishes Strong, James Wright '18 Wins Another Gold!
Crew Finishes Strong, James Wright '18 Wins Another Gold!

We have two updates from the world of crew as the championship season concludes. 

Here in Philadelphia, our crew team competed in the National Schools' Championship Regatta (co-sponsored by USRowing and National Scholastic Rowing Association) on Sunday, June 10. This regatta was created for crews that qualified for Youth Nationals, but were not able to compete due to logistics. Some crews, like our women's boats, petitioned to compete in the regatta.

Chloe Smith-Frank '19 and Megan Hua '20 placed 2nd in the WLt2x. 

Kim Hua '19, Isabel Ortega '19, Sophia Ortega '21, and Amory Park '20 placed 3rd in the WV4x.

Sophia Ortega '21 and Megan Hua '20 placed 3rd in the U17W2x. 

Meanwhile, at the USRowing Youth Nationals, taking place on June 8-10 in Rancho Cordova, California, GFS was competing to win.

To compete at USRowing Youth Nationals, crews from across the country must qualify at their regional regatta. Youth Nationals differs from Scholastic Nationals because the crews at Youth Nationals are predominately clubs, drawing from multiple schools or from an entire region. The clubs are significantly larger than Scholastic programs, and tend to have greater resources and deeper pools of talent. Only a few of the champions came from Scholastic programs, making our athletes' accomplishment even greater.

Raz Allon '19 and Finn Kassel '20 placed 21st in the time trials and placed 6th in the repechage. 

James Wright '18 won the Men's Youth Single! He got out front and led the field from start to finish. He is the first GFS rower to medal at USRowing Youth Nationals and our first USRowing Youth National Champion! You can watch James in action here (start at 0:2:16).

Coach Aaron Preetam says, "James has given the team a blueprint for success. He was incredibly hard on himself and was even disappointed with a number of races that he won. It was difficult to say goodbye to James because I cared for him like he was one of my own children. I'm excited to see how he does in Selection Camp [junior national team] and beyond."

Read more about James's take on his victory in "Eighteen Champions Crowned at 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships."

Congratulations, James, and to all of our crew athletes for a terrific season!