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The Long Lake Rowing Crew recently competed at the Minneapolis Sprints Regatta. (Submitted photos)

The Long Lake Rowing Crew competed close to its hometown on June 15 for the Minneapolis Sprints Regatta on Lake Nokomis.

LLRC led impressively, with the junior girls double Ava Winkels, incoming Freshman at KU, and Margaux Bomsta, WHS Senior, taking first place by an 8-second margin before ending strong with a junior boys quad, Eli Struck, OHS Junior; Nicholas Bros, WHS Senior; Halsten Larson, OHS Junior; and Rowan Staggs, OHS Junior, beating their competition by nearly 36 seconds.

“Both the junior and adult squads had an excellent showing with 18 Long Lake crews medaling in their events,” coach Nicholas Miller said. “It was an exciting day for the team as a whole and demonstrated how much the program has grown. These athletes put in an amazing amount of work through a tough winter and spring. It definitely shows as we open the summer racing season.”

For the master women’s double race, LLRC club director Amy Johnson and Karen Feagler placed first overall after winning their heat by 16 seconds. Coach Kaelyn Heiberg and collegiate returning rower Benjamin Esselman raced in an open mixed double and came in first in their heat and first overall.

Another feat for the LLRC crew was its performance in the junior singles. Leading by 6 seconds, Josh Golbus, WHS Senior, took first place in the boys singles. Second place went to George Abbot, a WHS Senior, and fourth place to Drew Mitchellette, an OHS grad. Margaux Bomsta led the junior girls singles by 18 seconds, followed by Ava Winkels in second place and Ella Harris, WHS Senior, in fifth.

The Lake Nokomis Regatta was an overall triumph for the Long Lake Rowing Crew, which placed first in the medal count with 18 medals.

Coming up, the crew is slated to compete in Ontario, Duluth, and Kenora.

LLRC youth rowers represent several area high schools, including Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Blake, Breck, Orono and Wayzata. Over the summer, collegiate rowers also participate, and the club has a growing masters program that serves adults from across the Twin Cities Metro.

Long Lake Rowing Crew is a volunteer-driven, non-profit club committed to expert instruction, personal and competitive achievement and strives to enrich its members and the community through the sport of rowing. For more information, visit www.longlakerowing.org

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