Pound Ridge rowers Kris Petreski and Liam McDonough are among the ten athletes from Norwalk River Rowing who qualified for the US Rowing Youth National Championships in Sacramento California. Norwalk River Rowing has a total of five boats that qualified for the National Championships at this past week-end’s US Rowing Northeast District Youth Championship Regatta in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Thirty-five of the northeast’s top rowing clubs had 395 boats entered at this regatta. Norwalk qualified 14 of its 25 entries for the finals, which were held Sunday afternoon. A medal in a first varsity event brought with it an automatic invitation to the US Rowing Youth National Championships near Sacramento beginning June 13.
Kris Petreski qualified in two events, winning a gold in the men’s single and a bronze in the men’s quad, while Liam McDonough was also powering the bronze-winning quad. Another Pound Ridge resident, Kaare Andersen, helped row the men’s second quad to its silver medal finish.
At the end of the day Norwalk River Rowing had six medals, winning gold medals in the men’s youth varsity single, men’s youth varsity pair and men’s youth lightweight four plus coxswain, silver medals in the men’s youth lightweight double and men’s youth second varsity quad, and a bronze medal in the men’s youth varsity quad. All of the medaling boats except the second varsity quad – ten athletes in all – are headed to Sacramento California for the National Championships.