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The regional championship competition was held at Vancouver Lake on May 21-23.

COURTESY PHOTO: LOCR - Lake Oswego Community Rowing's Youth Men's Eight (Coxed by Aaron Abrahamsen) competes in the Pacific Northwest Regionals at Vancouver Lake May 21-23.Lake Oswego Community Rowing is back, and back big-time.

LOCR, under the leadership of new coach Simon Hoadley (formerly of UCLA), saw three of its boats break through for victories in the PNW Regional Championships at Vancouver Lake on May 21-23.

LOCR, which has expanded from 30 rowers to 100 in just the past two months, saw three of its boats win gold and two take silver at regionals, helping LOCR finish third in a field of 22 teams. Pocock Rowing Center finished first on the team standings with five golds, three silvers and three bronze medals, followed by Oregon Rowing Unlimited with three gold, three silver and two bronze and LOCR with three gold and two silver medals.

Lake Oswego picked up its first win on May 21 when Jason Tongue and Jacob Rieflin teamed up to finish first in the Men's Youth 2x Final D with a time of 3 minutes, 52.024 seconds, just edging out a Green Lake boat that finished second at 3:52.286.

COURTESY PHOTO: LOCR - Lake Oswego Community Rowing's Youth Women's Quad (Brooke Birdsall [from left], Athena Abrahamsen, Juliet Bohn, Julliette Valverde) races in the Pacific Northwest Regional at Vancouver Lake.

LOCR came back even stronger on May 22, when its rowers stepped up to take top honors in the the Men's U15 2x Final A and the Men's U17 2x Final A.

In the Men's U15 2x Final A, Kolos Varga and Santeri Martin grabbed first at 4:28.573. And in the Men's U17 2x Final A, it was Keve Varga and Dylan Jarman who cruised to victory in 3:35.545 — to win by more than five seconds over the second-place boat.

Other top-three finishes by LOCR included: Luke Wages and Sebastian Betts, second in the Men's Youth 2-Final A at 3:39.216; Katherine Gellatly, third in the Women's U17 1x Time Trial at 4:04.508; Kolos Varga and Martin, second in the Men's U15 2x Time Trial at 4:05.323; Bohn, second in the Women's U15 1x Final A at 4:51.512; and Cooper Jordan, Charlie Mattoon, Roman Siger, and Theo Corwin, second in the Men's Youth 4x Final B at 3:37.001.

LOCR also also got a win in the Women's U15 1x Time Trial, where Juliet Bohn sped to victory with a time of 4:22.449 — beating the runner-up by more than three seconds.

In total, LOCR sent 19 boats to the regional championship, and two crews qualified for the Youth National Championships in Florida in June. Keve Varga and Jarman in the U17 2x and Wages and Betts in the U19 2-.


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