Tallahassee Rowers Win Bid to National Championships

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Two women’s boats from Capital City Rowing will be heading next month to the Youth National Rowing Championships for the first time in the club’s history after impressive showings at the USRowing Southeast Youth Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga., this weekend.

The women's lightweight 4+ (a boat with four rowers and a coxswain) separated itself from the pack in the last quarter of today’s 2,000-meter race, coming across the line in second place, with a time of 7:49.

The women's varsity 8+ (a boat with eight rowers and a coxswain) also finished third in Saturday morning's time trial to advance to today’s final. The crew started strong and pushed into the leading group of crews from Nashville and Atlanta (who took first and second place, respectively) to claim third place and a spot at the nationals with a time of 6:48. The win was especially gratifying for the Tallahassee rowers because they defeated the Sarasota crew, which had narrowly defeated CCR two weeks ago at the Florida State Championship.

The bids to nationals were the first ever for CCR's women's team in the lightweight 4+ and varsity 8+ events, and the first bid in any event for the women since 2013. The two crews will compete June 9-12 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota Youth National Rowing Championships.

In other events this weekend, the men's youth 4+ placed fourth, and the men's 2nd 4+ finished fifth.

CCR was one of 42 teams from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Florida competed in the qualifying event for the Youth National Championship.