The mens youth double of Sacha Castellani and John Howe along with the pair of Arik Torkelson and Liam Casey earned medals Sunday at the US Rowing Youth Invitational National Championship regatta in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Cornell-bound Torkelson and Brown-bound Casey rowed to a silver medal in the mens pair, covering the 2,000-meter course in seven minutes, 16.11 seconds following Los Gatos across the finish line. The gold medal pair won in 7:11.512. Third place belonged to Sarasota Sculling finishing in 7:17.572.
The double of Castellani and Howe earned bronze medals for the second-time in two weekends, garnering third place in St. Catherine’s Ontario during the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association (CSSRA) national championship regatta and following it up with a bronze in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The double covered the 2,000-meter course in 6:58.184 following second-place Vashon Island in at 6:53.887 and Narraganset at 6:45.592 across the finish line.
The womens pair of Caroline Murphy and Alexis Georgia rowed to a fourth-place finish Sunday morning in 7:58.925, just missing out on a medal, behind Upper Natoma Rowing in third at 7:58.431. Marina Aquatic Juniors won silver at 7:57.400 following Mile High across the finish line at 7:54.675.
In the premier event of the day, the Saratoga Rowing Association womens eight rowed to a fourth-place finish in 6:58.499 behind third-place Cincinnati Day at 6:56.279 and Marin at 6:53.506. California’s Oakland Strokes rowed to a coast-to-coast victory, leading by open water at times to a seven-second win at 6:46.098.
SRA’s fantastic senior four, rowing together for the final time as a scholastic four of Torkelson, Casey, Howe with Luke O’Brien and Rachel Bowen as coxswain finished sixth in a hotly contested final.
The four men and a lady earned silver last weekend at the CSSRA regatta covered the 2,000-meter course in 6:50.642 following Episcopal Academy at 6:49.396, Marina Aquatic Junior at 6:47.446. Third place belonged to Los Gatos at 6:46.550, second to Belmont Hill at 6:41.410 and Deerfield winning gold at 6:40.967.
The Saratoga Rowing mens quad rowed to a second-place finish in the “C” final Sunday morning.