Miami Rowing Club
The Miami Rowing Club won three silver medals and a bronze at the U.S. Club National Championships in Camden, N.J.
For the first time in history, MRC sent 14 elite athletes, under the direction of Head Coach Cesar Herrera, to the event, held in a 2,000 meter course. There were 100 clubs from more than 70 cities with 4,000 athletes. Some events totaled as many as 54 boats.
The MRC contingent, mostly lightweight underclassmen, gave an outstanding performance.
The Junior (high school) 8 placed second of 34 boats in 5 minutes 57 seconds, missing the gold by 0.4 seconds. They beat several crews from the U.S. development program. The 8 was crewed by Brandt Roen (cox), Nicholas Montalvo, Kyle James, Frankie Aguilar, Luciano and Leo Mercenari, Harrison Shure, Bernie Ramirez and Dominic Prego.
The Junior double (under 17) with Carlos Tornell and Dominic Prego finished second of 32 teams in 7:20.
The Junior 4, crewed by Emily Schwartz, Nick Montalvo, Kyle James, Harrison Shure and Luciano Mercenari, captured silver in 6:40, missing the gold by 0.7 seconds. That event included a record 54 boats. A second Junior 4, with Brant Roen, Frankie Aguilar, Paul Harary, Bernie Ramirez and Jose Bared, was sixth in the final.
The senior lightweight 8 with Nick Montalvo, Frankie Aguilar, Kyle James, Bernie Ramirez, Harrison Shure, Dominic Prego, Leo Mercenari, Jose Bared and Emily Schwartz (cox) won bronze in 6:06.
MRC’s men’s group finished sixth of 100.
The Miami Rowing summer elite athletes resume practice at the City of Miami Rowing Center at the Marine Stadium as they prepare for the Royal Canadian Henley in St. Catherines, Canada.
Team Canada, the second seed, upset top seed Team USA 23-17 to capture the gold medal at the International Federation of American Football Under-19 Championship in Austin, Texas.
Team Canada jumped out to a 10-0 first half lead and never looked back, recovering an on-side kick late in the game to seal the victory.
Team USA featured Hialeah’s Ike McDonald (6-5, 210, LB, Champagnat Catholic HS); Miami’s Chris Merritt (Coach, Christopher Columbus HS); Homestead’s Jesus Wilson (5-10, 170, WR, Christopher Columbus HS); and Miami’s Lorenzo Woodley (6-0, 210, RB, Christopher Columbus HS).
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Laura Jorgensen, 26, won the women’s overall title during the Independence Day Triathlon at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek.
She completed the 0.25-mile swim, 10-mile bike and three-mile run in 53 minutes 30 seconds. Miami’s Marianne Curtis, 26, was fourth in 57:27.
Silver Deutch, 27, of Miami Beach was first in women 25-29 in 1:02:11.Caron Schiffman, 57, of Miami won the women’s 55-59 division in 1:04:35. Homestead’s Leonora Gonzalez, 50, was second in women 50-54 in 1:07:59.