The Milwaukee Rowing Club Juniors had a strong performance at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships. Out of the twenty events in which the juniors program was entered, MRC had thirteen boats qualify for the finals. These juniors earned the most medals at Midwest in MRC history. The boys team had a successful day, earning first place in the 2nd Novice 4+ and placing third in both the 1st Novice 8+ and the 3rd Varsity 8+. The girls team took the bronze medal in the 1st Varsity 4+ event, qualifying them for the Youth National Championships.
Boys 2nd Novice Four - Midwest Champions!
Lineup: cox: Katie Robrecht, 4 George Lawton, 3 Stuart Dantoin, 2 Jack Pondel, 1 Michael Leykin
The Boys 2nd Novice Four had an exciting race pushing ahead of the field to win the title. MRC finished with a time of 7:15.08 before St Louis (7:16.26) and Upper Arlington (7:20.02). This is the second year in a row in which a second novice boys boat has won gold at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships.
Boys 1st Novice Eight - Bronze Medal Winners
Lineup: cox: Grayson Van Lue, 8 Will Alt, 7 Jack Latterell, 6 Taylor Miklaszewski, 5 Oliver Kissinger, 4 Jack Pondel, 3 Stuart Dantoin, 2 George Lawton, 1 Michael Leykin
The Boys 1st Novice Eight showed toughness in their grand final when they established the third position behind St Louis and Cincinnati. The boys finished with a time of 6:41.54 a comfortable margin ahead of Upper Arlington (6:45.96).
Boys 3rd Varsity Eight - Bronze Medal Winners
Lineup: cox: Grayson Van Lue, 8 John Misey, 7 Matt St. Amour, 6 Dan Fee, 5 Garrett Badalich, 4 Dan Zaydman, 3 Jack Karnes, 2 Gary Lu, 1 Ben Schnese
The Boys 3rd Varsity Eight was successful in there hunt for medal position. They finished behind Cincinnati and St Louis with a time of 6:52.10. This earned them a bronze medal, well ahead of 4th place Westerville (6:58.10).
Girls 1st Varsity Four - Bronze Medal Winners
Lineup: cox: Julia Campbell, 4 Alli Spencer, 3 Elise Schedler, 2 Allison Brunner, 1 Kylie Diffley
The Girls 1st Varsity Four was the last race of the day for the girls team. They had a good position early in the race. As they approached the finish line, they were in a heated battle for 3rd against Dublin Crew. The MRC girls were able to edge it out and finish with a time of 7:34.23 just ahead of Dublin (7:34.88). They finished behind Cincinnati and Twin Cities. Being a 1st Varsity event, the bronze medal earned them a bid to the USRowing Youth National Championships where they will compete against the best in the country in Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (June 12-14).