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The LOCR athletes compete in a field of 1,500 rowers and 700 crews in Southwest Washington

   The oars of Lake Oswego Community Rowing youth teams hit the water at Vancouver Lake the weekend of May 17-19 to compete in the 2019 US Rowing Northwest Youth Championships.

"The rowers went out and pulled hard and put all their training from the past year to work," said LOCR head coach Todd Vogt. "They handled the rough conditions on Saturday well and a portion of the team came home with medals."

Significant finishes for the varsity men's team included: Nico Garofalo, third in the lightweight single race; Jacob Berger and James Liu, fourth in second varsity pairs; Jaden Nichols and Miles Cochran, sixth in second varsity pairs; Chris Pusztai and Judah Kester, sixth in the varsity-second lightweight double; Jake Leaverton and Max Landers, sixth in the varsity pair event; coxswain Cadence Duckett, Kester, Garofalo, Ben Connor and Ethan McCarty, sixth in the lightweight-four event; and Courtney Maurer and Camille Schubert, first in the women's varsity-second double timed final and fifth overall.

The LOCR novice teams also found success at Vancouver Lake, with the novice men's youth quad — led by Hayden McClellan and powered by Joshua Li, Baden VanHuis, Colin Carmichael and Luke Wages — placed third in their timed final. The novice second-four also took third in its timed final, with coxswain Arman Manternach and rowers Will Berens, Jack Reynolds, Zach Murphy and Noah Park. LOCR's novice eight came in fourth.

The novice women raced three boats in the novice-double sculls event. The A boat with Adyleenah Shatz-Muzzaffarr and Lauren Garrett and the B boat with Sophia Wang and Katie Gellatly both finished in second in their timed finals. The C boat with Annika Angelo and Juliet Valverde finished third, while the novice-second four with Talia Borelli, Juliet Valverde, Sophia Wang, Annika Angelo and Katie Gellatly also placed third.

In the men's high school eight event, one boat representing Lakeridge High School and another representing Lake Oswego High School both finished third in their timed finals. Lakeridge rowers included Anna Michie, Nichols, Leaverton, Milan Ahari, Berger, Park, Kester, Dylan Jarman and Connor. The LOHS medal-winning boat included Duckett, Ben LaFond, Liu, Max Landers, Travis Senf, Alex Darling, Noah Page, Kyle Thom and Peyton Gaedeke.

"Everyone went out there and did their best, supported their teammates, and I'm proud of how everyone handled themselves," Vogt said.

The results were all the more impressive given that the team was short-handed, with two rowers on the sidelines with broken bones, three home with pneumonia, and five had other illnesses.

More than 1,500 rowers and 700 crews convened for the event, which determines the regional titles and marks the end of the spring rowing season.


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