2017 Midwest Junior Championship Recap

The Milwaukee Rowing Club Juniors had a strong performance at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships. Out of the nineteen events in which the juniors program was entered, MRC had fifteen boats compete in the grand finals. These juniors had many courageous performances throughout the weekend, highlighted by earning the most medals at Midwest Junior Championships in MRC history. The boys team captured the first medal for MRC, earning third place in the 3rd Varsity 8+ on Saturday. The boys team was also successful on Sunday earning a silver medal in the 1st Novice 8+ and placing bronze in the 2nd Novice 4+. The girls team finished the regatta with a bang, capturing gold in both the 1st Novice 8+ and the 2nd Novice 4+.

Boys 3rd Varsity 8+ - Bronze Medal Winners
Lineup: cox: Madison Wolff, 8 Gary Lu, 7 Alec Hering, 6 Julien Green, 5 Erik Sprau, 4 Josh Marino, 3 Connor Langley, 2 Graham Bronson, 1 Jackson VanLue

The Boys 3rd Varsity Eight earned the first medal of the weekend for MRC on Saturday afternoon. The MRC boys finished with a time of 7:05.4 to solidify their position over fourth place Chicago (7:27.3). This is the third year in a row in which the MRC Boys 3rd Varsity Eight has earned a medal at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships.


Girls 1st Novice Eight - Midwest Champions!
Lineup: cox: Emma Shenkenberg, 8 Phoebe Dragseth, 7 Nora Byrne, 6 Camryn Ketchum, 5 Michela Miller, 4 Meredith Kent, 3 Gabby Engel, 2 Zoe Tiffin, 1 Elizabeth Foster

The Girls 1st Novice Eight showed their strength and determination in the grand final. They were in control of the race from the beginning and continued to push away from their competition. The MRC girls finished with a time of 7:06.1 ahead of 2nd place Cincinnati (7:14.3) and 3rd place Chicago (7:14.4). This is the first time MRC has captured gold in the event.


Boys 1st Novice Eight - Silver Medal Winners
Lineup: cox: Libby Guindon, 8 Grant Heminger, 7 Alec Hering, 6 Roman Stueber, 5 Joe French, 4 Ari Borkin, 3 Enzo DeMichele, 2 Parker Hempel, 1 Thomas Hadcock

The Boys 1st Novice Eight was successful in their hunt for medal position. They had a great race finishing behind first place Cincinnati (6:26.4) with a time of 6:39.9. Their performance earned them a silver medal, ahead of third place Detroit (6:45.2).


Girls 2nd Novice Four - Midwest Champions!
Lineup: cox: Emma Shenkenberg, 4 Meredith Kent,
3 Olivia Sullivan, 2 Zoe Tiffin, 1 Sophie Wacholz

The Girls 2nd Novice Four was the last race of the day for the novice girls team. Similar to the 1st Novice Eight, this crew had a good position early in the race and continued to stretch their lead. They were able to take the race by a comfortable margin with a time of 7:59.3 ahead of Dayton (8:17.5) and Cincinnati (8:18.7). The MRC 'B' boat in this event was also able to qualify for the final with a solid race in the heats. The 'B' boat had a strong showing in the final placing sixth (8:27.6) out of the seven crews.


Boys 2nd Novice Four - Bronze Medal Winners
Lineup: cox: Madison Wolff, 4 Rohan Kaushal, 3 Brett Weber, 2 Daniel Ye, 1 Reno Wolff

The grand final for the Boys 2nd Novice Four was the last event of the regatta. The race took place just before a storm made its way over Harsha Lake. The MRC crew had a really strong race holding medal position in the early moments. They were able to solidify a bronze medal finish through the line with a time of 7:54.6 behind St Louis (7:48.5) and Cincinnati (7:38.7).

For the full regatta results visit HereNow.com