NBC Scullers to Race in Youth Nationals Finals June 14, 2015

Sunday Finals of the USRowing Youth Nationals, June 14, 2015

Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota-Bradenton, FL:

All of our NBC youth scullers will be racing one more time. May the scullers and crews have their best race yet! 

There will be Live Streaming Video Sunday: USRowing will broadcast semifinal and finals live on Sunday, June 14. Live racing online on USRowing’s YouTube Channel. 

Sunday Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gORFfYlx-0

8:15 AM Women’s Youth 1X A Final: Brigid Kennedy in Lane 2 and Emily Kallfelz in Lane 5

8:22 AM Men’s Youth 1X C Final Peter McKendall in Lane 5

8:37 AM Men’s Youth 1X A Final: Jack Luby in Lane 2

9:13 AM Women’s Youth 2X A Final: Emily and Eliza Kallfelz in Lane 4

9:43 AM Men’s Youth Lightweight 2X A Final: Artym Hayda and Toby Satterthwaite in Lane 4

Here is a great recap of yesterday’s racing (June 13) by Julie Kallfelz:

The day started at 8:07am for NBC, with Peter McKendall racing the Men’s 1X repechage, looking for a top-two finish and a slot in the afternoon Semis. After a hard-fought race in a very competitive rep, Peter finished in third place with a 7:33, and will race in the C Final on Sunday.

The afternoon's semis started at 2.30 PM under partly cloudy skies, and a quartering tailwind of about 13 knots with temps climbing to 90*.

Brigid Kennedy and Emily Kallfelz were both in Semi #1 of the Women's 1X. Lane 2 from Seattle came off the start strong and had open water on the field within 30 strokes. Kennedy, who by rights could qualify to row as a lightweight, was in 5th place at the 500, but started taking bow balls at the 1000 and courageously pushed through two boats to finish 3rd (8:22) and advance to the A Final on Sunday.

Kallfelz got off the line to a slow start and was in 4th at the 250. She settled into a strong base pace of 32 spm and started walking through boats by the 500. She finished in first place at 8:08, 7 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Brigid and Emily both advance to the A Final on Sunday at 8:15 AM.

Jack Luby raced in Semi #1 in the Men's 1X in a very fast field. The Seattle and Belen Jesuit boats established an early lead. At the 1000, Luby was vying with an unaffiliated boat and Baltimore for third. Luby muscled his way through the pack to finish 3rd with a 7:33 and advanced to the A Finals on Sunday morning.

Next up was the Women's 2X, with Emily and Eliza Kallfelz racing in Semi #2, looking for a slot in the A Final on Sunday. The other sister-act in the semi, from Y Quad Cities in Iowa, flew off the line with a strong start. However, the Kallfelz sisters steadily reeled in the competition to finish first with a 7:30, advancing to the A Final on Sunday morning.

The Men's Lightweight 2X Semi rounded out the day's racing. Artym Hayda and Toby Satterthwaite went off the line conservatively, gained momentum through the first 500 and didn't let up until the finish. They finished first with a 6:57, with San Diego second in 7:04 and Miami beach in 7:06, and advanced to the A Final on Sunday morning.

Coach Peter Wilhelm, sporting a new summer haircut for the occasion of the Youth Nationals, managed the athletes and the day's racing with his usual calm, confidence and relentless attention to the details. At the end of the day, after NBC's stellar performance, Peter quipped, "Now I can relax and smile. Let's see what tomorrow brings."

My best,
Julie Kallfelz

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