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Sarasota, Florida | June 6, 2023

This week at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida, Maritime Rowing will be defending its titles as the 2023 USRowing Youth National Championships get underway.

Maritime Rowing has 15 crews and 63 athletes of which eight won gold medals in the recent USRowing Northeast Regional Youth Championships, and seven others won for a total of 15 regional medals.

Last year, MRC dominated the podium at the Youth Nationals, bringing home three gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

The Maritime Rowing Club Junior Men and Women traveled to Worcester, Massachusetts May 20-21 for the 2023 USRowing Northeast Youth Championships. 52 clubs and 489 entries from all over the northeast area competed for the right to qualify for this year’s USRowing Youth Nationals Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

Maritime Rowing raced 24 crews and 91 athletes, coming home with 8 Gold medals, 5 Silver Medals, and 2 Bronze medals. 15 crews and 63 athletes qualifying for this year’s USRowing Youth Nationals in the U19, U17, U16 and U15 age categories.

“Our athletes train all year long for these opportunities. We’re really proud of how the entire team performed and are looking forward to moving onto Nationals.” said Sharon Kriz, Director of Rowing Programs and Co-Head Boys Coach.

“Our results show that the team has tremendous depth and maturity. ”It is very exciting and rewarding to work with such dedicated and talented athletes! said Irina Skobreva, Head U15/U16 Boys Coach.

“We have a fantastic group of young women on our team and it has been an amazing experience to help them learn how to be strong, confident and competitive athletes” says Yulia Chagina, MRC Head Girls Coach.

Maritime top finishes included:

● Men’s Youth Quad 1ST Pace: Gustav Neubohn (New Canaan), Kevin Crotty (Fairfield), Leyton Tucci (Darien), Ethan Xia (New Canaan) *Qualified for Nationals
● Men’s Youth Quad 2ND Place: Rowan Salemi (Pound Ridge), Logan Thom (New Canaan), Brian Karle (Ridgefield), Rex Kelley (Darien) *Qualified for Nationals
● Women’s Youth Quad: 1ST Pace: Alice Gallo (Ridgefield), Isabella Taranto (Darien), Paulina Almy (Darien), Kadence Faucher (Norwalk) *Qualified for Nationals
● Men’s Youth Straight Four: 2ND Place: Chris Cimador (Fairfield), Kayle Watson (Millwood), Andy Li (New Canaan), Luke Rucolas (Ridgefield) *Qualified for Nationals
● Men’s Youth U15 Coxed Quad: 1ST Place: Declan Crotty (Fairfield), Charles McGillion-Moore (Westport), Andrew Quaglina (Stamford), Declan McClure (Fairfield), Elizabeth Zyarska (Fairfield) *Qualified for Nationals
● Women’s Youth U15 Coxed Quad: 1ST Place: Brooke LeBaron (New Canaan), Syke Coats (Westport), Avery Portugal (South Salem), Lila Hidalgo (Wilton), Neil Nair (Stamford) *Qualified for Nationals
● Men’s Youth U16 Coxed Quad: 1ST Place: Adam Turner (Westport), Matthew Lupinacci (Westport), Henry Brauweiler (New Canaan), William Whitman (New Canaan), Asher Daniel (Darien) *Qualified for Nationals
● Men’s Youth U16 Coxed Quad: 2ND Place: Cameron Morey (Darien), Maksim Kolarich (Fairfield), Fox Parker (Weston), Theo Kambas (Fairfield), Audrey Pittaro (New Canaan) *Qualified for Nationals
● Women’s Youth U16 Coxed Quad: 1ST Place: Lila Salemi (Pound Ridge), Maddie Norton (New Canaan), Isabella DeVito (New Canaan), Lucie Smith (Darien), Miraclyn John Yesudian (New Canaan) *Qualified for Nationals
● Men’s Youth U16 Eight: 3RD Place: Simon Meyers (Westport), Matthew Peloso (New Canaan), Andrew Cordella, (Darien), Trevor Nelson (Darien), Theodore Tonkovich (New Canaan), Luke Cooper (Westport), Kian Sahlia (Norwalk), Ryan Haughton (Fairfield), Adam Hvastovich (Stamford) *Qualified for Nationals
● Men’s Youth U17 Quad: 2ND Place: Christian Xia (New Canaan), Johnny Dranchak (Fairfield), Erik Johnson (New Canaan), Thompson Higgins (Darien) *Qualified for Nationals
● Women’s Youth U17 Quad: 3RD Place: Reagan Thom (New Canaan), Paulina Almy (Darien), Mina Leon (Westport), Jacqueline Mulle (New Canaan) *Qualified for Nationals
● Men’s Youth 2nd Coxed Four: 2ND Place: Anton Gerasimov (Fairfield), Robert Vine (Greenwich), Luke Pittaro (New Canaan), Brendan Xanthos (Darien), Arianna Ording (Ridgefield)
● Men’s Youth 2nd Quad: 1ST Place: Charlie Williams (New Canaan), Zachary Santiago (New Canaan), Andrew Moor (New Canaan), William Sexton (New Canaan)
● Women’s Youth 2nd Quad: 1ST Place: Lilly Murphy (Westport), Kaidyn Manii (Easton), Caitlin Davidson (Darien), Maddie Cummings (Norwalk)
Other crews that qualified to go to the Youth National Championships:
● Women’s U17 Single – Sophia Dranchak (Fairifield)
● Men’s U17 Double – Jack Cushman (Westport), Jack Cebulski (Woodbridge)
● Men’s Youth Pair – Logan Hickey (New Canaan), Fredrik Asker (New Canaan)
About Maritime Rowing Club
The Maritime Rowing Club trains on the historic Norwalk River. The team is composed of rowers from over 20 local schools and has a strong reputation of sending athletes to top level collegiate programs as well as US National Teams. Maritime Rowing Club is a team-oriented organization where all members work together to provide an enjoyable rowing experience in both sweep and sculling boats. Since 1996, rowing classes have been offered for all ages and skill levels, from Middle School Learn-to-Row to Masters competitive racing. Programs are offered year-round. If interested please visit, email or call 203-854-5492.

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