Miami Rowing Club
The Miami Rowing Club’s Junior crews were outstanding during the US Club National Rowing Championships in Camden, N.J.
MRC won gold in the eight-man, gold and silver in the coxed four-man and silver in the senior lightweight eight.
Miami Rowing Club won the prestigious eight event, which included 34 stellar entries. In an exciting finish, MRC took the lead for good in the final two strokes of the 2,000-meter race, defeating the U.S. national high performance team by 0.8 seconds. Its time of 5 minutes 54 seconds was the fastest of any youth or college crew and faster than the national junior crew that will represent the United States at Worlds.
The national champion eight are Emily Scwartz, cox; Nicholas Montalvo, stroke; Leo Mercenari, seven seat; Samuel Helms, six seat; Luciano Mercenari, five seat; Chase Navellier, four seat; Dominic Prego, three seat; Jeffrey Hou, two seat; James Baker, bow; and Head Coach Cesar Herrera.
MRC, in a dominating performance, won gold and silver in the coxed four-man event, besting a field of 51 boats with the national champion crew consisting of Marcie Vidaurri, cox; Nicholas Montalvo, stroke; Luciano Mercenari, three seat; Samuel Helms, two seat; and Leo Mercenari bow.
The silver medalists are Jeffrey Hou (stroke), Ryan Pristo, Chase Navellier, James Baker and Natasha Ribeiro-Austich (cox).
The silver medalist senior lightweight eight is formed by Natasha Ribeiro-Austich (cox), Nicholas Montalvo, Leo Mercenari, Dominic Prego, James Baker, Jeffrey Hou, Ryan Pristo, John Michael Toohey and Jose Bared.
Other MRC crews performed well with eight boats reaching the semifinals including a girls quad and double.
Herrera, who was elated with the team’s performance, noted that those are the first national championships for the Miami Rowing Club in nearly 20 years.
Fifteen athletes from DB Karate School in Sunny Isles Beach won 27 medals during the USA Karate Nationals at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C. DBK athletes won 24 medals at nationals in 2012.
These young athletes are not only becoming elite athletes, but they are also learning karate ways, including respect, discipline, honor and self control. DBK has the ability to change people’s lives by making their practitioners more positive, confident, respectful, better behaved kids.
It is impressive that this karate school has such accomplishments in just three years.
At this year’s nationals, DBK was represented by Mateus Borges, Jordana Borges, Anthony Ortiz, Tommy Epstein, Richie Epstein, Elia Markman, Fabiana Lander, Mishell Shamis, Sebastian Arenas, Hanna Markman, Manuela Peralta, David Markman, Leandro Santos, Jessica Jochheim and Lisandro Santos.
DB Karate School is at 17070 Collins Ave., Suite 264, Sunny Isles Beach, 33160.
Kariann Pierre-Louis of Miami won the girls’ 14s singles title by defeating Rachel Papavasilopoulos of Boca Raton 5-7, 6-3 7-6 during the USTA Boys and Girls’ 14s National Clay Court Championships at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens.
The event drew 32 boys and 32 girls from throughout the country.
Pierre-Louis also won the doubles title, teaming with Anna Bright of Boca Raton as they beat Anna Brylin of Short Hills, N.J. and Victoria Emma of Naples in the finals.
• Miami’s Katerina Stewart, the No.2 seed, was runner-up at the USTA National Girls’ 16 Clay Court Championships in Virginia Beach, Va. Top seed CiCi Bellis of Atherton, Calif. beat Stewart in the finals.