VIRC junior rowers earn medals at Brentwood regatta

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 12:26pm
  • Sports

Vashon Island Rowing Club has been attending the regatta since its junior program began in 1997, medaling in four events at this year’s event.

VIRC’s Riley Lynch finished second in the Under-19 women’s single and Rohin Petram took third in the men’s single event.

“It was nice to finally have flat water and be able to show all the hard work I put in at practice,” said Lynch. “I was very happy with the way I raced and even happier to come to shore to all my teammates.”

VIRC’s Under-19 novice men’s quad (Lex Rosen, Nic Winkler, Renz O’Meara, Ryan Weller and cox Jenni Fossan) took second and turned in the fastest time by an American entry in the event by 12 seconds. Then came the biggest nail-biter of the weekend for VIRC, as Joshua Kyles and Baker VanBuren immediately replaced O’Meara and Weller in the quad to go back to the starting line for the Under-17 novice men’s quad final, somehow still finishing third.

“The racing was great,” said VIRC Junior Coordinator Summer Rosen. “Our cheering was so loud that you could hear us on the live feed that was being broadcast to everyone back home.”

Coach Ben Steele praised the group.

“The whole team put in a lot of work to come to this moment,” he said. “And it all came full circle with the great effort this weekend.”

— Jeff Hoyt

More in Sports

On new field, Pirates score first points of the season

If you look at the stats for last Friday’s home opener for… Continue reading

Boys’ tennis team is off to a strong start

The first two weeks of the Vashon boys’ tennis season is off… Continue reading

Football team shows promise against Coupeville

The Vashon Pirates played a tough, big-hearted game in Coupeville Friday night.… Continue reading

VIRC starts season with scholarships, new coaches and facilities

Five Vashon junior rowers recently received scholarships from the George Pocock Rowing… Continue reading

Mixed results for islanders at summer world championship events

This summer, the island has sent a number of its young residents… Continue reading

Northwest Rowing Center athletes compete at the Green Lake Summer Extravaganza regatta

This past weekend, crews from as far north as Anchorage, Alaska, and… Continue reading

Islander Abi Kim to play for U.S. at FIFA U-20 World Cup

Islander Abi Kim can barely remember her first foray into the sport… Continue reading

Vashon Pool is busy, making changes this summer

This summer, with one of the warmest Julys on record, has been… Continue reading

Against tide, island relay swim team crosses English Channel

After training in Puget Sound for months, a relay swim team from… Continue reading

Large turnout for this year’s Burby run on new course

Last Saturday, 327 people participated in the island’s annual Bill Burby Fun… Continue reading

Island rowers, coach, heading to world champs on U.S. National Team

This week, two rowers who grew up on Vashon and learned to… Continue reading

Junior rowers head to national, world competitions

Following its debut season, the Burton Beach Rowing Club has had to… Continue reading