Local Junior Athletes Race for National Title

For Immediate Release

6-9-15newsWest Windsor, NJ – Junior rowers from 12 local high schools will be representing Mercer Rowing as they compete for the title of the top Junior crew in the country at USRowing’s Youth National Rowing Championship this weekend in Sarasota, Florida. The Youth National Championship brings in the top crews from throughout the United States to vie for titles in 18 different events. 163 teams earned the right to enter boats in the National Championship through their performance at regional championships. Racing starts with the first round of competition on Friday, June 12 with the finals concluding on Sunday, June 14.

The Mercer Rowing Program will be competing in the Men’s 8 with coxswain, Men’s Lightweight 4 with coxswain, Women’s 8 with Coxswain, Women’s Lightweight 8 with coxswain and Women’s 4 with coxswain. The Lawrenceville School is sending a Women’s Lightweight 4 with coxswain and Peddie will be competing in the Women’s 4 with coxswain. All of these crews earned the right to complete at the Mid-Atlantic Junior Regional Championships held on Mercer Lake, May 9-10, 2015.

In 2016, Princeton National Rowing Association and its Mercer Rowing Program will host the USRowing Youth National Championships at Mercer Lake in Mercer County Park, West Windsor, NJ.

The line-up for the crews competing in the 2015 USRowing Youth National Championships are:

Mercer Rowing Program

Men’s Youth 8 with Coxswain

Matt Perez, Robbinsville High School

Scott Hanks, Hun School

Aaron Goodman, Princeton High School

Dan Gleim, West Windsor-Plainsboro South

Kevin Borup, South Brunswick High School

Alex Levine, Princeton High School

Carter Levine, Princeton High School

John Tanguay, Hopewell Valley Central High School

Elias Abilheira, Princeton High School

Men’s Lightweight 4 with Coxswain

Nikhil Modi, West Windsor-Plainsboro South

Mark Hayton, Hopewell Valley Central High School

Andrew Hickey, Notre Dame High School

Griffin Petri, West Windsor-Plainsboro South

Ron Haines, Hamilton High School

Women’s 8 with Coxswain

Kate Edmonson, Westfield High School

Bedia Shebab, Hopewell Valley Central High School

Hayley Bork, Robbinsville High School

Kelly Fischer, Hopewell Valley Central High School

Caitlin Cleary, Princeton High School

Katie Lustig, Council Rock High School

Kathleen Hickey, Notre Dame High School

Alex Natale, Hun School

Rena White, Princeton High School

Women’s Light Weight 8 with Coxswain

Katarina Stough, Princeton High School

Elise Gorberg, West Windsor-Plainsboro South

Eileen Hu, West Windsor-Plainsboro South

Lauren Miller, Steinert High School

Jenna Kugel, Montgomery High School

Hannah Ash, Princeton High School

Kathryn Miller, Steinert High School

Celia Varga, Princeton Day School

Sara Hansen, West Windsor-Plainsboro South

Women’s 4 with Coxswain

Sydney Holgado, Robbinsville High School

Megan Botsch, Robbinsville High School

Bridget Parker, Princeton High School

Rachel Mumau, Home School

Lauren Colanduoni, Hopewell Valley Central High School

Lawrenceville School

Women’s Lightweight 4 with Coxswain

D. Massihpour

M. Marcus

C. Dragonetti

H. Kruger

G. de Vinq De Cumtich

Peddie School

Women’s 4 with Coxswain

Alex Baum

Katie Benham

Michaela Nieuwenhuizen

Jordan Kelly

Mia Caglieris

About the Princeton National Rowing Association

The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake, Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey. The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated to operating a world-class training site for our nation’s elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the area through community-based programs. PNRA runs the Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for youth from over 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults. The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools. PNRA received generous support from University Orthopaedic Associates, Harry’s Army Navy, JL Racing, Resolute Racing Shells, Wells Fargo Advisors-Gould Group, Red Roof Inn, Hampton Inn and Residence Inn by Marriott.

For more information, contact Kristopher Grudt, tel: 609-977-1094, krisgrudt@rowpnra.org or visit www.rowpnra.org.