MIT Showcases Talent at US Rowing Club National Championship

MIT Showcases Talent at US Rowing Club National Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT rowing program saw six current student-athletes, two incoming freshmen, and one alumna compete at the 2010 US Rowing Club National Championship held July 14-18 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Kate Hoff '08, Richard Suarez '11, Lucas Goodman '11, Ben Potash '14, and Andrew Schlaepfer '14 earned medals while Lauren Ayers '13, Meghan Dow '12, Katie Everett '12, and Clare Flanagan '11 turned in solid performances.

Representing the Vesper Rowing Lightweight Women's Development Camp, Hoff captured the bronze medal in the senior lightweight women's single. She progressed to the final by placing third in her heat and was seeded sixth going in to the championship race. In the final, Hoff battled with her Vesper Boat Club teammate Julia Darnton and Riverside sculler Clare Connell  for the last two spots on the awards podium. In a close battle to the finish, Hoff raised her stroke rate and pushed solidly ahead of Connell to secure the bronze medal.

WLightClubNationals Flanagan, also racing for the development camp out of Vesper Boat Club, registered a fourth-place finish in the intermediate lightweight quad (7:46.92) and was fourth in her heat of the intermediate quads. Ayers, competing for Thompson Boat Club, ranked fourth in the senior lightweight 4+ finale (8:25.01). She also raced in the heats of the intermediate lightweight 4+ and intermediate 4+, placing fourth and fifth, respectively.

MIT women's lightweight head coach Claire Martin-Doyle trained Hoff and Flanagan at the US Rowing Lightweight Women's Development Camp under the direction of Vesper Boat Club (Philadelphia, Pa.) head coach Michiel Bartman.

Suarez, a member of the Engineers' men's lightweight squad, claimed Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for the New York Athletic Club. He was a runner-up in the intermediate lightweight 8+ final (6:05.61) while his lightweight 4+ boat placed third (6:59.80). Suarez earned Gold as the stroke seat of the senior men's lightweight four (6:56.12).

Schlaepfer and Potash will be joining the men's lightweight squad this fall. Schlaepfer sat in the two seat of the Seattle Rowing Association "A" boat that captured Gold in the men's junior "A" eight final in a time of 6:18.25. Potash rowed the bow seat for the Community Rowing Inc. "A" boat which picked up a Bronze medal with a time of 6:23.77.

Goodman, a three-year member of MIT's men's heavyweight team, had a full slate racing for the US Rowing Pre-Elite Camp. In the senior 8+, he finished second (6:03.53) while he placed third in the senior pairs (7:14.57). Goodman was edged out of the semifinals in both the senior singles and intermediate singles by just over a second.

Dow and Everett, members of the Cardinal and Gray's openweight program, competed for Boston's US Rowing Development Camp. Everett placed fourth in the senior pairs with a time of 8:20.34. She was a half a second shy of advancing to the finals of the intermediate pairs and was fourth in her intermediate singles heat. Dow participated in the heats of the senior pairs and intermediate pairs, where she finished fifth and sixth, respectively.