For the 2023 US Rowing Youth National Championships, thirteen athletes from Mile High travelled to Sarasota, FL to compete. We are incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication these athletes put in for their final weeks of training to get them race ready. Youth Nationals is the highest level of competition for high school athletes, the opportunity to race here continues Mile High's legacy of competition at the national level and provides great experience these athletes can build off of throughout their rowing careers.
The 2023 Championship marks Mile High's fifteenth consecutive appearance at this race.
Mile High athletes once again travelled down to Oklahoma City for the 2023 US Rowing Central Youth Championships. At this regatta, athletes had the opportunity to race in two different boats for the chance to qualify for US Rowing's Youth National Championships coming up in June.
Almost all of our athletes competed at this event and, in spite of rapidly changing weather and racing circumstances, nine of our crews raced fast enough in time trials to advance to finals and two crews have qualified for Nationals.
Saturday's races were all time trials to qualify for Sunday's final races. In the time trials, the top six crews from each event would advance to finals. However, due to high winds on Sunday, most finals races were cancelled and for the races that were cancelled the top three crews from time trials qualified for nationals.
Lineups and Results
On Saturday, February 11, 2023 our Mile High athletes competed virtually in the Shocker Sprints hosted by Wichita State University. This is a virtual erg race that puts all of our winter training to the test and gets us ready for spring competition. Athletes race 2000 meters in experience ranged events and since we are racing at altitude, our athlete's finishing times were adjusted to reflect the greater challenge we work against erging a mile higher than other teams. Four of our athletes placed high enough to earn medals in their events.
Congratulations to our athletes who qualified for and competed at the 2022 USRowing Youth Nationals held June 9-12 in Sarasota, FL!
Reposted from The Denver Post, February 28, 2022
MHR’s winter season of indoor training resulted in many personal bests and medal finishes, showing the athletes that their grueling work on the rowing machines paid off. Max Xu took 2nd in the men’s lightweight 2k Shocker Sprints, with Louis Stempfer and Jake Mandes taking first and third, respectively in the Men’s Junior 2k. Alex Dawallu, headed to row at Syracuse in the fall, finished third at the CRASH-B’s, against international competition, beating out 14 other contestants.
Results from indoor competition provide an objective measure of the rowers’ fitness and potential power output in the boat. College and national team coaches study the scores and reach out to junior head coaches with questions about a rower’s on the water performance and their leadership on the team. Dawallu’s erg scores contributed to his recruitment to Syracuse. Kelly Roach and Violet Baker took the top 2 spots at the Shocker Sprints and attracted the notice of the University of Oklahoma City’s head coach.
Mens Open Novice 4+: 6th/10:17 Ariella Davis/Reilly/Adam/Lachlan
Womens Jr Novice 8+: 1st/9:53 Lillian Frances/Maya/Violet/Tatum/Emma/Samantha/Camilla/Ellie
Mens Jr 4x: 1st/8:29.67 Alex/Max/Jake M/Miles
Womens Jr 1x: 3rd/ 11:59 Allegra 6th/ 12:41 Livi
Mens Rec 1x, Club and Jrs: 1st/14:13 Jacob B
Mens Jr Novice 4+: 1st/10:52 Nicolette Davis/Reilly/Adam/William
Womens Jr 4+: 1st/11:12 Ariella Jen/Lilly/Kelly/Khaki 2nd/11:51 Lillian/Eleri/Alana/Frances/Winnie 3rd/12:03 Ellie Anna/Chakisae/Violet/Cecilia
Mens Jr 2x: 1st/9:21 Alex/Max 10th/11:18 Jake M/Miles
Womens Jr 8+: 1st/9:56 Nicolette Jen/Lilly S/Kelly/Khaki/Eleri/Allegra/Frances/Alana 2nd/11:35 Lillian Chakisae/Avia/Winnie/Ava/Zoe/Vivian/Noelle/ Maya
Mens Jr 8+: 1st/10:22 Avia Alex/Max/Davis/Louis/Jake M/Miles/Reilly/Adam
Womens Jr 2x: 4th/12:22 Livi/Anna
Womens Rec 1x, Club Jrs: 1st/16:20 Noelle
Mixed Jr 4x: 2nd/11:13 Ava/Avia/Jacob/Max 3rd/11:18 Eleri/Vivian/Lachlan/Alex
Womens Jr Novice 4+: 1st/12:02 Ariella Tatum/Emma/Camilla/Samantha 2nd/13:09 Nicolette Frances/Alana/Violet/Maya
Womens Jr 4x: 1st/10:11 Jen/Eleri/Kelly/Khaki 6th/12:03 Allegra/Anna/Livi/Lily 11th/15:39 Chakisae/Zoe/Noelle/Cecilia
Mens Open Ltwt 4+: 2nd/11:19 Nicolette Jake M/Adam/William/Lachlan
Mixed Jr 8+: 2nd/10:31.94 Avia Alex/Frances/Louis/Violet/Davis/Max/ Vivian/Ava
Held June 10-13 in Sarasota, the 2021 regatta was the largest in Youth Nationals history with more than 170 rowing clubs and 2,800 athletes!
10th (Jr Men's 4-) Will M/Alex D/Parker M/Ryan K
18th (Jr Women's Pair) Khaki S/Grace W
31st (Jr Men's Pair) Braedan B/Jack G
33rd (Jr Men's Single) Max X
6th (U17 Single) Jen D
6th (U15 Single) Tess E
7th (U17 Pair) Louis S/Jake M
17th (U17 Quad) Lulu K/Kelly R/Lilly S/Avia L
Four Mile High rowers heard the Darth Vader-voiced announcer intone, “Welcome to the Cave of Pain,” as they entered Boston’s Agganis Arena for the 2017 World Indoor Rowing Championships. As this year’s rowers prepare for the Denver Indoor Rowing Championships this weekend, February 2-3, they’ll get a chance to put the mental toughness work that’s been part of every practice this season to the test.
Coach Malacrida asks the rowers to sit quietly and think through the visualization prompt she gives them. Each rower has a notebook where they record the phrases and images that motivate them to take on the the challenges in the Cave of Pain that is the 2k race. Rowers on the boys’ team report feeling like they go into a time warp where every second stretches longer with each stroke when they’re in the middle of a 2k, or like jumping into a meat grinder. Girl’s teammate Audrey Worrell said, “It feels like you’re trying to breathe when there’s no oxygen.”
Rowers report that having a catalogue of the things that, as Rachel Jung says, “remind me of what I’m passionate about in rowing,” helps them de-stress, collect their thoughts, focus on the goals they have: getting to Junior Nationals again, making the national team, rowing, “in a way to inspire my teammates.” Recording their times and meters rowed also helps them track their progress, and that helps them remember that, “I’ve survived worse.”
Taylor Ritzell came to talk to the team after her Olympic win in the women’s 8+ and answered one rower’s question about what makes an Olympic athlete different from a really good one. “It’s about how you face the pain. It’s never not going to hurt,” she said. “But I ask myself, ‘How am I going to face it today?” Mile High rowers have had the physical and systematic mental training this winter to find out this weekend.