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Two Days In, Two Left at Masters Nationals

by Courtney Fritts, courtney@usrowing.org | Aug 16, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. – Fifty more 2013 USRowing Masters National Championships titles were awarded Friday. With just two days remaining in the event schedule, masters rowers are getting into their groove and enjoying the atmosphere of Nathan Benderson Park.

SARASOTA, Fla. – Fifty more 2013 USRowing Masters National Championships titles were awarded Friday. With just two days remaining in the event schedule, masters rowers are getting into their groove and enjoying the atmosphere of Nathan Benderson Park.

Competition began at 8:00 a.m., and continued until 1:15 p.m. The Florida weather held out with only sunshine and cloud cover, but the heat did not. Rowers in events 51-100 were awarded medals after heats and finals.

One composite eight was composed of six different crews within the nine-person boat.

“It was great,” said two-seat Deb Adams of Genesee Rowing Club in Rochester, N.Y. “We led off the start and partly down the course and ended with a silver medal. It was a close race.”

The crew was put together by word of mouth once the rowers arrived in Sarasota and only had 25 minutes of practice before racing Friday. Adams says that in doing this, it makes masters nationals so much more fun.

“I was coming down to row a mixed double with my husband,” Adams said. “We found that we couldn’t get all of our races in, so I wanted to see if we could put together a D race for a women’s eight. I just started pulling my resources from up north and from here and our boat somehow came together.”

Among the gold medalists in Friday’s finals was three-time U.S. national team member and 2008 Olympian Jen Goldsack, who rowed in the women’s A and AA double sculls and won both events. Goldsack finished 10th in Beijing in the lightweight women’s double sculls.

Competitors ranged from those who began rowing for recreation in adulthood and others who rowed competitively in college. For one Potomac Boat Club eight, all were former collegiate-level rowers and included 2011 USRowing Fan’s Choice Masters Rower of the Year, Sean Durkin.

“We practice and go on the water about five days a week,” said seven-seat Peter Clements. “The course here has been fantastic, and I’m really crossing my fingers for this course to get the World Championships.”

Clements’ coxswain, Tatum Fraites, who rowed at Bates College, agreed.

“It’s just a fabulous course,” Fraites said. “It’s easy to navigate. It’s easy on the coxswains and I appreciate that. It’s eight of the best guys and I can’t wait to race here again.”

Fraites said that racing at masters nationals was never a question and they “definitely came to win.”

“We started out and wanted to get ahead, so we had a strong start and then lengthened out,” she said, of their race. “By the time we hit 250 meters to go, it was time to drop the hammer and go, so we brought the rating up.”

As for their competition and traveling 1,100 miles from Philadelphia to Sarasota, “It’s nationals, we had to come!”

Racing resumes for events 101-150 with heats and finals Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 1:23 p.m.

Finals will be live-streamed on USRowing’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/usrowingorg.

For a full listing of results, visit: http://www.usrowing.org/Events/MastersNationals/2013MastersNatResults.aspx

For full event press coverage and photo galleries, visit: http://www.usrowing.org/Events/MastersNationals/2013MastersNatPress.aspx

For full event information, visit: http://www.usrowing.org/Events/MastersNationals.aspx

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