Junior rowers from Long Lake Rowing Crew traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio for the Midwest Junior Rowing Championship, and posted impressive results that earned them a trip to the 2019 US Rowing Youth National Championship Regatta in June. The regatta took place May 18 and 19 and showcased 1,500 rowers representing 45 different clubs from across the upper Midwest. Ten members of the LLRC youth team made the trip, with eight rowers racing in qualifying events for a chance to compete in Sarasota, Florida, June 6 through the 9.

The LLRC rowers traveling to Youth Nationals in Florida include:

• George Abbott, (junior, Orono High School) and Josh Golbus, (junior, Wayzata High School) who took second place in the boys first varsity 2x final;

• Andy Berrell and Drew Mitchellette (both seniors at OHS) who are slated to race with Abbott and Golbus in the boys 4x race after taking third place in the boys first varsity 4x final;

• Ava Winkels (senior) and Avalon Johnson (junior) both from OHS; and Margaux Bomsta and Ella Harris, both juniors at WHS, who posted a second place finish in the girls first varsity 4x final.

Other results include:

• Bomsta and Winkels, who placed 5th in the time trial for the first varsity 2x race, advanced to the final where they placed 5th;

• Johnson and Harris, who placed 2nd in their heat in the girls second varsity 2x race, which advanced them to finals where they placed 3rd overall for the non-qualifying event.

• Zealand Brown, a freshman at Breck and Elise Kosek, a sophomore at OHS, who placed an impressive 3rd in their heat and 9th overall out of 19 boats in the girls second varsity 2x race, a non-qualifying event.

LLRC club director, Amy Johnson, says the entire LLRC juniors team is poised for a very successful spring and summer season, thanks to a great deal of hard work during winter training, and a lucky break with the weather.

“We’re so proud of how our rowers competed at the Regional Championship. It’s a testament to all the conditioning and extra work these kids did in the offseason,” Johnson said. “We were lucky to be able to get everyone on the water to train in April this year. Last year, the weather kept us indoors until two weeks before we left for Ohio. We really felt like our rowers had a good start this spring, and the rest of our team has been working hard to prepare for the start of our regatta season as well. We look forward to seeing what these kids can do this season.”

LLRC rowers will participate in five more regattas during the spring Sprints Season, including the Minnesota Youth Sprints Regatta on Lake Nokomis on June 15. The team will also travel to Canada for three regattas this season.

Two of LLRC’s graduating seniors plan to continue their rowing careers in collegiate rowing programs this fall. Ava Winkels has signed with the University of Kansas women’s rowing team. Andy Berrell will row for the men’s team at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

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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