BIRNationals

Three Days In June; Let's Do This

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Bruce Beall and Barb Trafton, our coaches
No word do justice to your commitment to our kids, to rowing on Bainbridge and to the sport of rowing. Thanks a million, you are the best.

Bruce Beall and Barb Trafton, our coaches

No word do justice to your commitment to our kids, to rowing on Bainbridge and to the sport of rowing. Thanks a million, you are the best.

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Our 19 rowing warriors. Their work is complete.
Girls Varsity four 7th IN THE NATION
Boys Varsity four 7th IN THE NATION
Girls Lightweight eight 10th IN THE NATION

Our 19 rowing warriors. Their work is complete.

Girls Varsity four 7th IN THE NATION

Boys Varsity four 7th IN THE NATION

Girls Lightweight eight 10th IN THE NATION

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BIR Women’s Lightweight 8+ in front of the team bus
Gen Sawyer (cox), Annika Torseth (stroke), Isabelle Staff, Hannah Marsing, Mikala O’Brien, Deni Murray, Samantha Dore, Kate Hathaway, Vanessa Beck

BIR Women’s Lightweight 8+ in front of the team bus

Gen Sawyer (cox), Annika Torseth (stroke), Isabelle Staff, Hannah Marsing, Mikala O’Brien, Deni Murray, Samantha Dore, Kate Hathaway, Vanessa Beck

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Sunday Night

Van Morrison sings about “inarticulate speech of the heart.” Words are crude tools as we attempt to capture the last three days. By now you know the details:

  • Girls varsity four, 7th IN THE NATION
  • Boys varsity four, 7th IN THE NATION
  • Girls lightweight eight, 10th IN THE NATION

These are huge accomplishments given the depth of the national rowing talent on display at Lake Merton, TN this weekend. But it just doesn’t capture the incredible heart, guts and gumption that 19 kids/young men and women put on display in Tennessee.

Example: the Women’s lightweight eight+ National Champion is Oakland Stroke (they also won the Women’s open weight 8+ NC) have 4 lightweight 8 boats and they won the final by 3 boat lengths over the field. BIR has just 8 lightweight rowers and still finished 10th in the nation.

This numerical advantage was stacked against all three boats. But if you review the final standings, you’ll see our crews out performed deeper programs who have more resources to put on the water.

These young people and the other BIR rowers have taught us again what is possible when work + great coaching + support + Dreaming Big produce. We are really not able to capture in words the scale of the accomplishment by these young people.

We are headed home tomorrow feeling pretty damn good about the future of Bainbridge Island Rowing.

Nationals await you, but you will have to work to get here.

Clear water to all

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Sunday: Finals

Where to begin. Yesterday was the reps followed by the semi-finals. Our racers were up early on hottest day with the most humidity we have had here at Oak Ridge. What was at stake was qualifying for semi-finals. All boats needed top 2 finishes in their rep heats.

As you know by now, the rowers came through and earned a spot in their respective semi-finals. Hard racing. They then headed off the course (the girl’s Ltwt 8+ was tagged to have their boat check for weight. A hassle that involved the girls having to carry the boat some 200 meters immediately following the race. Their boat was fine but this procedure would become a ritual on this day) and back to the condo for a quick lunch and then to their hotel for an ice bath, a wash of the uniform and some sleep.

They returned to the course about 3:30PM for the semi-final heats. Twelve boats left in each classification running in two semi-final heats. This is the Junior National Championships. There are some very powerful boats and teams here and it showed in the semi-finals. Our crews raced hard and with courage attempting to reach the finals on Sunday. All came up short. The stronger boats won out today but our men and women fought to the end.

Last night at dinner we learned that several NW teams that did not qualify for final were seen de-rigging their boats and heading west towards home. Basically they are quitting before the racing is done.

It would not be possible to try that move on our rowers. They will race this morning in the Petite or B final. What this means is that the worst they will finish at nationals is 12th in the nation. We suspect they will do better then that.

But think about it. If you had been told last year at this time that BIR would send three boats to nationals and that those three boats would be 12th in the nation, there would have been laughter. Come on, really???

Yet that is now a fact. What a testament to so many rowers, the coaches and parents who have invested time, money, energy and support in the BIR community.

Here is the schedule for today:

  • Girls LW 8+: 11:47 EDT, 8:47 a.m. PDT. Competing against PNRA/Mercer, Saugatuck, Holy Spirit, New Trier, and Sarasota Crew.
  • Girls varsity 4+: 12:09 EDT, 9:09 a.m. PDT. Competing against PNRA/Mercer, Tulsa, Capital City, Camp Randall, and Greater Lawrence Rowing.
  • Boys varsity 4+: 12:53EDT, 9:53 PDT. Competing against Lake Oswego, Community Rowing, Bromfield Acton Boxborough, Green Lake, and West Side.

So this morning, with no quit in them, these 19 young men and women will head to the race course looking to leave their mark at Nationals and with BIR. The best finish BIR has at nationals is 10th place. All three boats are looking to improve on that result and all three boats carry realistic chances to do produce that result.

Again the races will be streamed live at: http://www.ustream.tv/usrowing

Another note. Yesterday was graduation at Bainbridge High School and after some re-consideration of the school policy, they decided that graduates who were still representing their school and therefore missing graduation, should have their names read. Thanks to Lianne Morgan for the video link on that cool moment

http://www.facebook.com/n/?photo.php&v=10150938762417974&mid=63e0290G3fb9d5b2G38f4304G1d&bcode=XzS7NwRj_1.1339295074.AaTg41FacfAkwkoW&n_m=rtorseth%40humansecurities.com

This blog, like nationals, is nearing the end but we will capture today’s events before we head home.

The weather is cloudy and some rain is possible. Here’s to fast open water today.

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Indeed. This morning was about making Big Dreams reality and all three boats and all 19 rowers are through to the semi-finals. Massively big achievement for BIR but know that for the kids, they have bigger dreams.
They all row this after noon. Here’s the schedule:
Girls LW 8+: first three finals, event #155, 4:50 p.m. EDT/1:50 p.m. PDT. In lane 6 against Saugatuck, Community Rowing, Lose Gatos, Capital Crew, and PNRA/Mercer
Girls varsity 4+: first three to finals, event #158, 5:04 p.m. EDT/2:04 PDT. In lane 1 against Cincinnati Junior, St. Louis, Everett, PNRA/Mercer, and Tulsa
Boys varsity 4+: first three to finals, event # 162, 5:39 p.m. EDT/2:39 p.m. PDT. In lane 1, against Episcopal Academy, Belmont Hill, Marina Aquatic, Green Lake, and West Side.
Races will be streamed live at http://www.ustream.tv/usrowing.
Today is the hottest, most humid day of the week but the rowers seem to push all that aside and do what was needed to qualify. There was no laying back; it was all out racing for 2000 meters.
So this afternoon they will need to finish in the top three in their race to advance to the National Championship Races tomorrow. Pretty simple.
May all three boats see open water this afternoon.

Indeed. This morning was about making Big Dreams reality and all three boats and all 19 rowers are through to the semi-finals. Massively big achievement for BIR but know that for the kids, they have bigger dreams.

They all row this after noon. Here’s the schedule:

  • Girls LW 8+: first three finals, event #155, 4:50 p.m. EDT/1:50 p.m. PDT. In lane 6 against Saugatuck, Community Rowing, Lose Gatos, Capital Crew, and PNRA/Mercer
  • Girls varsity 4+: first three to finals, event #158, 5:04 p.m. EDT/2:04 PDT. In lane 1 against Cincinnati Junior, St. Louis, Everett, PNRA/Mercer, and Tulsa
  • Boys varsity 4+: first three to finals, event # 162, 5:39 p.m. EDT/2:39 p.m. PDT. In lane 1, against Episcopal Academy, Belmont Hill, Marina Aquatic, Green Lake, and West Side.

Races will be streamed live at http://www.ustream.tv/usrowing.

Today is the hottest, most humid day of the week but the rowers seem to push all that aside and do what was needed to qualify. There was no laying back; it was all out racing for 2000 meters.

So this afternoon they will need to finish in the top three in their race to advance to the National Championship Races tomorrow. Pretty simple.

May all three boats see open water this afternoon.

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Davey Miller has his dessert…, and your dessert and your dessert and your dessert and some of my dessert.
We know we are missing rowing pictures today but high school graduation in Knoxville, TN doesn’t happen too often. We’ll clean up our focus tomorrow starting early on the West coast.

Davey Miller has his dessert…, and your dessert and your dessert and your dessert and some of my dessert.

We know we are missing rowing pictures today but high school graduation in Knoxville, TN doesn’t happen too often. We’ll clean up our focus tomorrow starting early on the West coast.