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Rowers Young and Old Hammered Home Another C.R.A.S.H. – B Sprints

by Story and Photos by Ed Moran, ed@usrowing.org | Feb 29, 2016
Rowers from around the world and across the country met in Boston University’s Agganis Arena on Sunday to share a single experience–competing in the 2016 C.R.A.S.H. – Sprints, World Indoor Rowing Championships, where the coveted hammer trophy is awarded for each event.
crash2BOSTON, Mass. – Rowers from around the world and across the country met in Boston University’s Agganis Arena on Sunday to share a single experience–competing in the 2016 C.R.A.S.H. – Sprints, World Indoor Rowing Championships, where the coveted hammer trophy is awarded for each event.

They had different reasons for being there. Some were capping months of hard training and reaching goals of getting or staying fit. Younger rowers came to show what they could do in front of college recruiters. Novices came to declare themselves part of the sport. Older, masters athletes were there because they love it and because rowing has been a part of their lives for years.

For a group of U.S. veterans participating as part of the USRowing Freedom Rows program, it was the first time competing at an event this large and competitive and another step on the road forward to recovery.

crash5“It was rough,” said Frankie Davis, an Army Veteran from Durham, North Carolina. “But it was all good. I love it,” he said. “It keeps me in shape and helps me deal with my amputation.”

In all, more than 2,300 athletes competed, hammer trophies were won and a few records were set, one by 95-year-old Steve Richardson, of Exeter, New Hampshire. (Watch a video interview with Richardson.)

“Today was a great day,” said event commodore Laura MacFarlane. “We had about 2,300 people race from over 30 countries and for intents and purposes, it went off without a hitch and some world records were set and some new personal records in every single race. So it was a great day.”

crash1And now the planning moves to next year, MacFarlane said. “We’re happy with the field that always turns out, they’re passionate about being here for the day,” she said. “The thing we try to do each year is to be better for the athletes and we always find something we can do better.

“As far as the athletes are concerned, we’re just as competitive about the event. There is always something that isn’t as perfect or exact as we would like and we already have some idea to make it more fun, more interesting and more efficient.”

Complete results here.

To see a complete photo gallery of the event go here.

2016 C.R.A.S.H.- B Sprints
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