Space Coast Crew Qualifies 4 Boats to U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals Championships in Sarasota June 6

Women’s Varsity 4x finished in 1st place

The Women’s Varsity 4x was SCC’s top boat of the weekend. They secured a gold medal by rowing down the 2,000-meter course in a time of 7:31. (Space Coast Crew image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Space Coast Crew raced at the U.S. Rowing Southeast Regional Championships this past weekend, hosted at the world-class venue Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.

Nathan Benderson Park is North America’s premier rowing course and regatta facility, where teams on the High School, Collegiate, and Olympic levels go to compete.

Space Coast Crew competed against over 50 teams and more than 2,000 athletes from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

After two days of time trials, semifinals and finals, racing at a distance of 2,000 meters, Space Coast Crew had 4 boats advance to the U.S. Rowing National Championships, set to take place at Nathan Benderson Park June 6th-12th.

■ The Women’s Varsity 4x finished 1st

■  The Men’s Varsity 8+ finished 4th

■  The Men’s 2nd Varsity 8+ finished 2nd

■  The Men’s Under-16 8+ finished 3rd

The Women’s Varsity 4x was SCC’s top boat of the weekend. They secured a gold medal by rowing down the 2,000-meter course in a time of 7:31.

The boat was composed of Megan Romesburg (Satellite High School), Elizabeth Marks (Melbourne High School), Caroline Hall (Satellite High School), and Katherine Braman (Home School).

These young ladies ended up racing five times over two days and still came out on top of the field. Their coach, Jocelyn Little, said, “It is truly amazing to see these girls accomplish so much this year, all of their hard work and effort really showed and I cannot wait to see what they can do at Youth Nationals.”

This is the first women’s boat for Space Coast Crew to qualify for Youth Nationals since 2016.

The Men’s Varsity 8+ had to fight through some adversity to achieve their result. They had a breakage in their time trial so they were only able to grow by 7 rowers instead of 8. (Space Coast Crew image)

The Men’s Varsity 8+ had to fight through some adversity to achieve their result. They had a breakage in their time trial so they were only able to grow by 7 rowers instead of 8.

“They really had to work extremely hard mentally to fight through some issues this weekend, but they really showed some tenacity to not let anything hold them back, ” said Coach Little.

During the final they battled hard to make the top four to advance to Youth Nationals, rowing a time of 6:17. The Men’s Varsity 8+ is composed of Jack Neville (Melbourne High School).

Thomas Eastwood (West Shore), Duke Campbell (Melbourne High School), Luke Pair (Melbourne High School), Lincoln Hendricks (Merritt Island High School), James Draper (Merritt Island High School), Colin Schuck (Satellite High School), Peirro Gouin (West Shore) and coxswain Samuel Jones (Satellite High School).

The Men’s 2nd Varsity 8+ had an extremely successful weekend, blazing through the time trials and finals to finish 2nd place overall with a time of 6:28.

The boat was comprised of Jacob Marano (West Shore), Zac Vaidic (West Shore), Griffin Cobb (Melbourne High School), Ethan Frye (Melbourne High School), Joseph Derenthal (West Shore), Chris Hall (Florida Virtual), Aaron Li (Viera High School), Austin Osborn (Florida Virtual), and coxswain Conor Knight (Holy Trinity).

Finally, proving that Space Coast Crew is a strong team at all levels, the Men’s Under-16 8+ boat battled to a 3rd place finish, coming in at a time of 6:57, within one second of a 2nd place finish. (Space Coast Crew image)

Finally, proving that Space Coast Crew is a strong team at all levels, the Men’s Under-16 8+ boat battled to a 3rd place finish, coming in at a time of 6:57, within one second of a 2nd place finish.

The boat was composed of Jack Ruda (Satellite High School), Brolin Cozzolino (Kennedy Middle School), Nick Steen (Home School), Declan Conor (Holy Trinity), Tristen Olson (Satellite High School), Maxwell Kulbacki (Satellite High School), Logan Soper (Satellite High School), Christian Fogelberg (Melbourne High School), and Coxswain Karl Braman (Home School).

Another notable performance was the Women’s Under-17 2x which placed 6th overall. Sidney Norman (Satellite High School) and Cailin Buchanan (Home School) raced hard against seventeen other boats and performed incredibly well after racing five times over the two days of racing.

Space Coast Crew is a Non-Profit Rowing Team that is open to Elementary School (5th and 6th grade), Middle School, and High School students in Brevard County.

If you’re interested in learning more about our Summer Camp opportunities or you are interested in joining the team, please contact Bryan Little at Sccheadcoach@gmail.com or check out our website at SpaceCoastCrew.org.

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