RI Scullers Win Gold at USRowing Youth Nationals June 9, 2013

Jr National Champs 2013
Junior National Champions 2013 - From left to right: Chase Buchholz, Isaac Mocarski, Peter Wilhelm (Coach), Jon Dow, Eric Esposito

Oak Ridge, TN/June 9: Racing over the 2000 meter Melton Hill Lake course at the USRowing Youth National Championships, the speed of six Rhode Island-based scullers has moved them through the Friday Preliminary Heats, Saturday’s Semi-Finals, and into the Finals today. They took a brief rest overnight and were ready to race again this morning.

Chase Buchholz started off the finals competition for the Narragansett Boat Club scullers. Buchholz goal was to outrace Chris Wales from Seattle, who was last year’s winner. Rowing in near perfect conditions, the scullers moved quickly off the start. Buchholz jumped out with a strong start, settled at 35 strokes per minute and picked up a length lead over Wales, who was rowing at 32. At the midpoint Buchholz continued with his high rating and extended his lead. Wales then made an attempt to push his rating higher, but noticeably appeared to slow down. Buchholz continued to push his shell forward and extended his lead with a sprint with 37 strokes per minute to win with a world-class 2000 meter time of 7:12.9, two and one half lengths ahead of Wales who just barely held on to second place by .2 of a second. National Champion Buchholz then took a break before he moved into the stroke seat of the NBC Men’s Quadruple Sculls.

Times for the Men’s A Single Scull, USRowing Youth National Championships: 1. Narragansett (Chase Buchholz), 7:12.9; 2. Seattle (Chris Wales), 7:17.8; 3. Ridgewood A (A. Criscitiello), 7:18.0; 4. Jacksonville A (J. Kelley), 7:23.0; 5. Orange County A (M. Scholl), 7:23.9; 6. Miami Beach A (M. Ferguson), 7:26.2.

Jr Nationals Girls 2x
NBC Girls 2x - Stroke: Laura Rand, Bow: Grace Ryan

Laura Rand and Grace Ryan were the next Narragansett Boat Club combo to compete in their finals. They had the best race of the year in yesterday’s semi-finals as they pushed into second place to qualify for this final. They would need to dig deep and put in a similarly strong performance today. The favored Long Beach Crew jumped into the lead, and the rest of the field followed. Narragansett was behind in fifth place for most of the race. But, as they approached the last thirty strokes, they took up the rating to create a strong finish, push past the Lake Union Crew from Seattle, and fourth place. Both will be seniors, Rand at Barrington and Ryan at Lincoln School in Providence, so they may have plans to return next year.

Times for the Women’s A Double Sculls, USRowing Youth National Championships: 1. Long Beach Juniors, 7:35.8; 2. Saugatuck, 7:39.9; 3. Stanford, 7:46.2; 4. Narragansett, 8:02.9; 5. Lake Union, 8:04.2; 6. Founders, 8:05.5.

As they raced through their preliminary heat and their semi-final, the Narragansett Boat Club’s men’s quadruple sculls showed that they were the crew to beat. They easily outdistanced the field in each race. The question was, would they do the same in their final. Chase Buchholz, Isaac Mocarski, Jon Dow, and Eric Esposito provided the answer with a resounding yes! At the start, they blew off the line with short strokes at 52 spm and then lengthened to a still blistering 44, by the time they hit 300 meters they were in first place by almost a length. That left the field with a dogfight for 2nd and 3rd place medals. At 1000 meters, while the other boats were rowing at 34-35 strokes per minute, the Narragansett scullers kept on the pressure at 38 strokes per minute. They now had 3/4ths of a length of open water with 800 meters to go. At the 500 it was up two to 40 strokes per minute and they had yet to sprint. With 30 more it was up two again to 42 strokes per minute and the Rhode Island quad was streaking across the finish line with a gold medal time of 6:18.3, over a length ahead of New Canaan, their closest rival. The young men from Rhode Island showed that they are indeed the class of field.

Chase Buchholz, stroke, is a Moses Brown graduating senior who is headed to Harvard in the fall. Isaac Mocarski, three seat, will be a senior at Moses Brown. Jon Dow will be at junior at Mt. St. Charles. Eric Esposito is a senior graduating from Wheeler who will be going to Yale in the fall.  

All six scullers are coached by Peter Wilhelm, long-time resident of Barrington and sculler/coach at the Narragansett Boat Club in Providence. Wilhelm has coached numerous national champions, including the 2012 National Jr. Men’s Double Scull (Buchholz and Wagner), who placed 8th in the 2012 FISA World Junior Championships held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Wilhelm was named the 2012 Northeast Junior Sculling Coach of the Year.

Times for the Men’s Quadruple Sculls, USRowing Youth National Championships: 1. Narragansett, 6:18.3; 2. New Canaan, 6:22.3; 3. Malvern Prep, 6:24.1;
4. River City, 6:26.5; 5. Saugatuck, 6:29.2; 6. Brophy, 8:29.5.

All results are available at www.USRowing.com.

Men's Youth 1X A Final Sun 9:07 AM  6/9/2013

Place

Lane

Name

Time

1

3

Narragansett  A (C. Buchholz)

07:12.9

2

4

Seattle  Rowing Center A (C. Wales)

07:17.8

3

5

Ridgewood  A (A. Criscitiello)

07:18.0

4

1

Jacksonville  A (J. Kelley)

07:23.0

5

6

Orange  County A (M. Scholl)

07:23.9

6

2

Miami  Beach A (M. Ferguson)

07:26.2

       

Women's Youth 2X A Final Sun 12:03 AM 6/9/2013

 

Place

Bow

Name

Time

1

4

Long  Beach Junior A (K. Newmarker)

07:35.8

2

5

Saugatuck  A (C. Johnson)

07:39.9

3

3

Stanford  A (V. Wallace)

07:46.2

4

2

Narragansett  A (L. Rand)

08:02.9

5

6

Lake  Union A (J. Paulsen)

08:04.2

6

1

Founders  A (C. Turner)

08:05.5

       

Men's Youth 4X A Final Sun 12:03 PM 6/9/2013

 

Place

Bow

Name

Time

1

4

Narragansett  A (C. Buchholz)

06:18.3

2

2

New  Canaan High School Crew A (G. Mink)

06:22.3

3

1

Malvern  Preparatory School A (J. Sincavage)

06:24.1

4

3

River  City A (S. Callaghan)

06:26.5

5

5

Saugatuck  A (C. Yates)

06:29.2

6

6

Brophy  A (S. McMahon)

06:29.5

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