The Belen crew team dominated the lightweight categories in the Scholastic Rowing Youth National in Copper River, New Jersey, bringing home five gold and one silver medals.
“We had been working on being the fastest lightweight program in the nation for the past four years, and we proved it this past weekend,” coach Yunian Cabrera said.
On June 21, 14 students will head to London to compete in one of the most prestigious rowing regattas in the world — the Royal Henley Regatta. The program first started in 2000. And although it is not a popular sport in South Florida, it now has more than 90 members from 6-12 grade, competing in 14 events throughout the season.
On top of the practices before and after school, the students have managed to maintain their academics at standards high enough to sign national letters of intent to St. Joseph’s, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Yale and Cornell University.
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“All the sacrifice they put in and see the results at the end, is amazing. The competition they have now has changed their mentality completely,” Cabrera said.
Scholastic Youth National (SRAA) Championships
1X (Single) Gold — Hector Formoso Murias
Lightweight 2X (Double) Gold — Joey Armengol (Stroke), Nicolas Fernandez (Bow).
4x (Quad) Gold — Joseph Garcia (Stroke), Jorge Padron (3 Seat), Nicolas Waterhouse (2 Seat), Nicolas Thompson (Bow).
4+ (Four) Gold — Alejandro Seda (Stroke), Jonathan Menedez (3 Seat), David Gonzalez (2 Seat), Joseph Perez (Bow), Santiago Ugas (Coxswain).
Lightweight Varsity 8+ (Eight) Gold — Benjamin Gilbert III (Stroke), Joseph Menendez (7 Seat), Manuel Sanchez (6 Seat), Christian Norniella-Burke (5 Seat), Alec Keenan (4 Seat), Nicholas Keenan (3 Seat), Daniel Brennan (2 Seat), Conor Meagher (Bow), Fernando Pinera (Coxswain).
Freshmen 4X (Quad) Silver — Lucas Zumpano (Stroke), Hunter Prindle (3 Seat), Ian Anderson (2 Seat), Ivan Cabrera (Bow).
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