June 6th through 9th, four local high school students who also are members of Portland-based "Oregon Rowing Unlimited" (ORU) participated at the "USRowing Youth National Championships" in Sarasota, Florida. While the team has previously sent boats to compete at this national competition, this is the first time in the history of the club that ORU boats have made it into the A Finals.
In the Men's Youth Double, Simon Hatcher and Gus Altucher finished in third place for a bronze medal. In the Men's Lightweight Double, Ivan Beremski and Will Hathaway finished in fifth place. All but Ivan live in Sellwood-Westmoreland; Ivan is from Lake Oswego.
This was Simon and Gus's second year at Nationals, finishing in eighth place last year. Simon has just graduated from Oregon Episcopal School. He was a National Merit Scholar this year, and will attend and row crew at Brown University this fall. Gus has completed his junior year at Cleveland High School, and this summer will attend the National selection camp that determines the United States team for the Youth World Championships.
Ivan and Will began rowing the lightweight double together in April, and have shown strong improvement ever since. Ivan has completed his junior year at Lakeridge High School and this was his third year competing at Nationals. Will has completed his freshman year at Cleveland High School. He has been rowing for four years and this is his first trip to Nationals.
Oregon Rowing Unlimited (ORU) is a youth rowing club that teaches youth to row and trains youth at all levels from a facility in Inner Southeast Portland at Oaks Park. The program is led by husband and wife coaches Plamen Petrov and Nadia Petrova. Both have extensive experience as coaches, working with youth rowers at all levels, and as rowers themselves, having previously rowed for the Bulgarian National team. The program offers two-week-long learn-to-row classes during the summer.
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