Blue Hen Rowers, Alumni and Incoming Freshman Compete at USRowing Club National Championships
Indianapolis, IN. Last week, Blue Hen rowers, and incoming freshman competed at the USRowing Club National Championships on Eagle Creek.
Caleb Justis (’14) and incoming freshman, Todd Summers, raced for Atlanta Rowing Club. Justis competed in the intermediate lwt 1x, the intermediate lwt 2x and the intermediate lwt 4x. Summers competed in the junior 1x, junior 2x and the lwt quad with Justis. In a tough field of 21 competitors, Justis just missed out on advancing to the semis of the intermediate lwt 1x by placing 5th in the heats. In the intermediate lwt 2x, Justis took home the bronze with a time of 7:02 just behind Steel City clocking 7:00 and Michigan ACRA camp with a 6:57. Incoming freshman Todd Summers showed his prowess in the single by placing 4th in a very deep field. Summers clocked a 7:52, 6 seconds behind Wagner, the winner from Narragansett Boat Club. Summers also placed well in junior 2x, placing 3rd with a time of 7:06. Both Summers and Justis competed in the straight final of the intermediate lwt quad together and brought home the gold. They clocked a 6:34 in headwind conditions, ahead of Malta and Penn AC.
Will Purman (’13) represented Philadelphia’s Vesper Boat Club racing in the intermediate lwt single and intermediate lwt 2x. In the lwt single, Purman advanced to the finals after winning his semi in a close finish, a mere .16 seconds ahead of 2nd place Matt Maddamma of Steel City and one second ahead of J. Black of Atlanta Rowing Club with a time of 7:30. In the final, Purman took home the silver medal in a tight race for 2nd. Purman clocked a 7:46, .5 seconds ahead of R. Kew from Newport Aquatic Center and 6 seconds back from M. Maddamma of OKC who won the race with a 7:40. On Sunday Purman raced an intermediate lwt 2x and placed 4th behind Justis’s Atlanta 2x.
Racing for Penn AC, Patrick Cleveland (’13) raced an intermediate lwt 1x, lwt 8+ and lwt 4x. In the lwt 1x Cleveland placed 6th in the heats missing out on advancing to the semis. Later on in the week Cleveland took home the bronze medal in the intermediate lwt quad clocking a 6:36 only two seconds back from the winning boat from Atlanta Rowing Club. Later that day Cleveland’s intermediate lwt 8+ took home the gold medal winning the event by 4 seconds over Community Rowing’s A entry.
Also racing were alumni David Walton and Michael Sciblo who both graduated in 2009. Sciblo represented Philadelphia’s Undine Barge Club racing in intermediate lwt 1x and 4x races. In the lwt 1x, Sciblo advanced to the semi-finals after placing 4th in his heat with a time of 7:35. In the semi finals, Sciblo placed 5th, short of advancing on to the final. In the lwt 4x Sciblo placed 4th in the final with a time of 6:45. Walton, racing for New York Athletic Club, brought home 3 medals racing in senior events. Walton placed 2nd in the senior lwt 2x, 8 seconds away from Malta who won gold. Walton and partner Ujazdowski pulled a 7:26 in headwind conditions. In Sunday’s finals Walton would medal twice snatching the gold medal in the senior lwt4+ with a time of 6:50 and 2nd in the senior lwt 8+ 2 seconds back from Penn AC.
Look for Blue Hen rowers to compete at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.