Area rowers seek spot on junior national team
September 7, 2015
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North Allegheny incoming senior Zachary Springer was one of 26 boys from across the nation invited to a camp at Three Rivers Rowing on Washington's Landing in which some members of the USRowing Junior National Team will be selected.

The Junior Men's Sweep Selection camp began June 18 and will end Monday.

Boys will be picked for seats on the 8+ and the 4- that will represent the United States at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August. Those not selected will be considered for other national and international events, including the CanAmMex Regatta in Mexico City, in which rowers from Canada, America and Mexico will compete.

USRowing spokesman Brett Johnson said members of the Junior National Team will be announced later this month.

Shady Side Academy incoming senior Sarah Scheid is at the Junior Women's Sculling Selection Camp in New Milford, Conn., where she is vying for a spot on a 4x as part of the Junior National Team.

Springer, a member of the Three Rivers Junior Rowing team, was invited to the men's sweep camp based on his strength and ergometer scores, Three Rivers Junior Rowing coach Steve McCarthy said. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Springer has completed 2,000 meters on an indoor rower in 6 minutes, 17 seconds, according to his profile on BeRecruited, an online service that tracks potential college athletes.

Competing for North Allegheny, Springer was a two-time Midwest scholastic champion on a junior varsity four in 2013 and 2014. The boat placed third at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championship regatta two years ago.

“Zach had made (it) his goal to make selection camp when he was invited to (a) development camp (last year),” McCarthy said.

Scheid, 17, of Oakmont said she declined an invitation to the 2014 Junior Women's Sculling Selection Camp to focus on training.

“I was more prepared this year,” she said.

The 5-foot-8 Scheid, who belongs to the Steel City Rowing Club in Verona, was a consolation finalist in a women's pairs event at the USRowing Youth National Championships last month.

She was third in a single and also won a bronze medal on a four at the USRowing Club National Championships last July.

Scheid, whose brothers, Tyler and Trevor, were standout swimmers for Shady Side Academy, said she is eager to represent the United States in an international regatta.

Three Rivers Junior Rowing team members Alex Engel and Garrett Stocker (men's sweep high performance), Abbi Altman and Sophia Carlson (women's sweep high performance) and Maya Frizzell, Tessa Kimmy, Tori Trovato and Heather Walter (women's sweep development) are participating in camps in which they are being groomed for future Junior National teams.

Rick Brown, head of the Three Rivers Rowing Association, said it is the third straight year his organization has hosted the men's sweep selection camp. Participants, he said, are being housed at Carlow University.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.



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