FAIR HAVEN, NJ - Navesink River Rowing’s Competitive Youth Crew put in powerful performances at the USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships in West Windsor, NJ, bringing home three medals – a gold, silver and bronze – and qualifying three boats for the USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida. All NRR medals and qualifying boats were for Double Sculls (2X) events, with 2 rowers per boat each using two oars.
Winning gold in the Men’s Youth 2X were senior, Erik Bovino of Brielle and junior, Tommy Johnston of Fair Haven. They placed first in their heat on Saturday and out-rowed the second place finisher by 11 seconds in the final on Sunday. Senior, Emma Miller of Rumson and junior, Emily Unsinn of Fair Haven placed second in the Women’s Youth 2X Final, garnering a silver medal. Junior, Max Kelly of Red Bank and senior, Neil Hughes of Oceanport fought and won a tightly contested battle for third place in the Men’s Youth 2X event, rowing to an exciting bronze medal finish. All six were invited to compete in Florida.
Head Coach, Ian Bamberger couldn’t be happier with his team’s overall performance this season. “NRR youth rowers have had an amazing spring,” Coach Bamberger says. “Qualifying 3 doubles for Nationals is an amazing feat; the best showing in NRR Competitive Youth Crew history.”
Several of the team’s seniors will be continuing their rowing careers in college next fall, including medalists, Bovino for Williams, Miller for Dartmouth, and Hughes for Iona, as well as Leor Golan of Ocean for the US Naval Academy, and Blake Portman of Holmdel for Marist. Junior, Tommy Johnston has been selected to participate in USRowing’s Sculling Selection Camp, which met for 3 weeks in June.