Pennsauken, NJ – May 15, 2017 – The South Jersey Rowing Club, comprised of athletes from high schools throughout Southern New Jersey and Delaware, competed at the USRowing Mid-Atlantic Championships on Saturday, May 13th at Lake Mercer, West Windsor, New Jersey, which resulted in five boats qualifying to compete at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships from June 9 – 11, in Sarasota, Florida.
Due to the ongoing deteriorating weather conditions, racing ended at the conclusion of the time trials on Saturday.
With a field of 17 competitors, the Women’s Youth 4+ captured first place in their time trial with coxswain Amy Backal, Cherry Hill East; and rowers Rachel Pierce, Cherry Hill East; Rose Carr, Conrad Schools of Science (Delaware); Elyssa Aronson, Cherry Hill East; and Christie Castorino, Haddonfield. The women finished with a time of 8:02.444; a solid eight seconds ahead of second place.
Out of a field of 14 competitors, the Women’s Youth 2x with Rachel Pierce and Rose Carr won their time trial with a time of 7:52.189.
The Women’s Youth 4x with Mary Koelsch, Cherry Hill West; Abi Schmidt, Ridley High School (PA), Caroline Riccardi, Eastern; and Olivia Herbstritt, Haddon Township qualified with a third- place finish of 7:43.382 behind Conestoga and Ridgewood.
The Men’s Youth 4+ with Joe DiMarino, Moorestown; Henry LaGatta, Moorestown; Mac Van Buskirk, Haddonfield; Andy Laberee, home school and coxswain Sujin Kim, Moorestown Friends, qualified with a second place finish out of a field of 21 teams. The Peddie School was first with a time of 7:16.210 and South Jersey came in 2nd with a time of 7:25.472.
The Men’s Youth 2x with Henry LaGatta and Andy Laberee qualified with a time of 7:31.257 and a third-place finish behind Malvern Prep and Conestoga.
The athletes will continue to practice on the Cooper River. The team will travel to Sarasota with competition to begin on June 9th.