Gold ’17, Kaplan ’18, and Parks ’17 Compete at USRowing Youth Nationals; Parks Invited to U19 National Team

Gold ’17, Kaplan ’18, and Parks ’17 Compete at USRowing Youth Nationals; Parks Invited to U19 National Team

June 21, 2017 – Early this month, Adam Gold, ’17, Nolan Parks, ’17, and Sydney Kaplan ‘18 competed at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida. Roughly fifteen hundred athletes comprising more than three hundred and fifty boat crews and representing about one hundred and fifty teams nationwide qualified for Youth Nationals through regional championships or other qualifying regattas to compete in Sarasota for national titles in eighteen boat classes.

Adam (coxswain) and Nolan (three seat) represented Mt. Baker Crew in the Men’s Varsity 4+ event by finishing third at the USRowing Northwest Youth Championships in May, while Sydney (coxswain) qualified for Pocock Rowing Center in the Women’s Varsity 8+, also with a third-place finish.

At Youth National Championships, Adam and Nolan just missed out on the A/B semifinals with a thirteenth place finish in the time trial, thus qualifying for the C Final. The Mt. Baker V4+ finished second in the C Final last Saturday, just in front of a squall that followed them down course and delayed any further racing for several hours (you can watch a time-lapse of the storm coming here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVK6sAGhIrj/). Their second-place finish in the C Final was good for fourteenth place overall in the country.

Meanwhile, the Pocock WV8+, coxed by Sydney, finished twentieth in its time trial and closed out its season with a second place finish in the D Final last Sunday, good for twentieth place in the nation.

Earlier this week, Nolan was also recognized by USRowing by being invited to the 2017 Under 19 Selection Camp. The camp will provide the selected athletes with the opportunity to earn a spot representing the United States at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships which will take place August 2-6 in Trakai, Lithuania. READ MORE

Adam will continue his rowing career next fall with the University of Washington, and Nolan will row for Northeastern University. Congratulations to these athletes on their successful seasons and for representing their clubs (and SAAS) well at the national level.

Above: Adam (far left) and Nolan (second from right) with the MV4+ team.