Fairfield County, CT - Connecticut Boat Club (CBC) took GOLD in the Women’s Youth 4+ at the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships 2000-meter Lake Natoma course in Gold River, Calif. winning the race by over 5 seconds. Winning athletes are Julia Abbruzzese of Darien and Ridgefield, Kat Kern of Greenwich, Vivi Van Ingen of Darien (coxswain), Catherine Garrett of Darien, and Olivia Luther of Fairfield.
In order to qualify for this event, athletes competed in a regional qualifier and had to place in the top three. The Northeast Region is one of the most difficult to qualify for because of the large number of high caliber teams. Attending the national championship is an honor because it is the highest level of rowing for high school athletes. Over one thousand of the nation’s most talented athletes from across the country competed in eighteen events for national titles and honors.
CBC also qualified two additional boats for the championship and took 4th place in the Women’s Youth 4x (Ella Petreski of Pound Ridge, NY, Jenna Macrae of New Canaan, Ellie Urdang of Greenwich, and Bridget Galloway of Ridgefield) and 6th place in the Women’s Youth 2- (Casey Batson of Darien and Heidi Jacobson of Greenwich).
About CBC (Connecticut Boat Club)
Connecticut Boat Club is a high performance girl’s youth (middle school and high school) rowing club and Women’s Masters program based on the Norwalk River in Norwalk, Connecticut. Founded in the spring of 2010 by U.S. National Team Junior/CBC head coach Liz Trond, the team includes girls from throughout southwestern Connecticut and Westchester County New York. CBC has proven to be a dominant force in scholastic rowing, most notably bringing home medals at Junior Worlds from 2010-2017. The team dominates their competition at races including the Head of the Charles, the San Diego Crew Classic, the Saratoga Invitational, the Head of the Schuylkill, and the Head of the Housatonic to name a few. For more information, please visit the website and Facebook page.