LLRC Seniors from left, Drew Mitchellette, Andy Berrell, Anna-Maya Sipila and Ava Winkels, were first in the 500-meter Open Mix 4x dash. (Submitted photos)

For the rowers of Long Lake Rowing Crew (LLRC), a recent visit to Canada proved well worth the trip.

LLRC’s journey to the Thunder Bay Sprints Regatta on the Kaministiquia River, one of three the team will make to Canada during the 2019 season, saw both its Junior and Master (adult) rowers posting impressive stats, including 10 first-place finishes.

The highly competitive event was held in picture perfect weather on Saturday, June 22, and was hosted by the Thunder Bay Rowing Club, which maintained their 115-year tradition of extending a warm welcome to the American teams.

In all, seven rowing clubs took to their boats on the Kaministiquia, including Long Lake, Duluth, Kenora, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Thunder Bay, and one unaffiliated team. The regatta featured a full schedule of events, with a combined total of 110 entries from all of the clubs on race day.

With skies as clear and blue as the water, Long Lake’s crew quickly reaped the rewards of their hard work and preparation and saw 10 first-place finishes, which was the most among the teams competing at the event. LLRC’s master rowers made it to the podium as well.’

Top finishers included:

• Mens Under 17 2x (two to a boat): Eli Struck and Rowan Staggs

• Mens Under 19 2x: George Abbott and Josh Golbus

• Mens Under 19 1x (one to a boat): Josh Golbus

• Mens Under 19 4x (four to a boat): George Abbott, Josh Golbus, Andy Berrell and Drew Mitchellette

• Womens Under 19 1x: Ava Winkels

• Open Mens 1x Dash (500m): George Abbott

• Womens Masters 1x: Amber Miller

• Womens Masters 2x: Amber Miller and Christine Caragee

• Womens Masters 4x: Amber Miller, Christine Caragee, Karen Feagler and Amy Johnson

• Open Mix 4x Dash (500m, any age and gender): Drew Mitchellette, Andy Berrell, Anna Maya Sipila and Ava Winkels.  

• LLRC also had five second-place finishes:

• Womens Under 17 2x: Zealand Brown and Sunny Kuechle

• Womens Under 19 2x: Ava Winkels and Avalon Johnson

• Womens Under 17 4x: Sunny Kuechle, Anna Golbus, Audrey James and Ava Weninger

• Womens Masters 2x: Karen Feagler and Amy Johnson

• Mens Under 19 2x: Andy Berrell and Drew Mitchellette

LLRC youth rowers represent several area high schools, including Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Blake, Breck, Heritage Christian Academy, Minnetonka, Orono and Wayzata. Over the summer, collegiate  and master rowers also participate.

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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