Vero Beach, FL – May 16, 2022 – Vero Beach Rowing’s U15 coxed quad out-rowed Treasure Coast and Sarasota Sunday to win the US Rowing Southeast Youth Championship over the weekend on their way to the national championships.
The gold medal effort capped an outstanding hardware-filled event for Vero Beach Rowing at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. The club sent five crews to compete against 51 teams from seven southeastern states. All five boats won qualifying or semi-final heats to complete in the finals. The VBR women’s quad, men’s 4, and men’s U17 quad all brought home silver medals.
“Our rowers performed brilliantly from the time trials through to the finals,” VBR Director of Rowing Paul Mokha said after the regatta. “Vero Beach showed it performs amongst the regions best and we look forward to testing ourselves against the nation at the US Rowing National Championship” June 8-12 back in Sarasota.
The women’s quad, rowed by Co-captains Zadie Diniz and Liliana Elliott, along with Sofia Sturgell and Lily Burdick, placed second behind Space Coast.
The men’s 4, carrying Noah Rich Royall, Graham Frankenberger, James Murphy and Maximillian Zych pulled away to an early lead in the final and fighting all the way down the course before ceding first to Sarasota and finishing second. The VBR men’s U17 quad added the team’s third silver medal to the day’s haul
Vero Beach Rowing now is recruiting youth athletes for our middle and high school teams with no prior experience required. The club will host summer rowing camps for all experience levels for rising 7th graders through 12th graders. Youth scholarships are available. Adult programs include entry level through performance classes and coached sessions. For further information go to the Vero Beach Rowing website or call 772-261-0747.
Vero Beach Rowing is a non-profit 501(C)3 community organization with the mission “to promote and teach the sport of rowing to the community in order to develop physical fitness, personal character, and an ethic of cooperation through competitive and recreational opportunities.”