Nine Junior Rowing athletes from California Yacht Club (CYC) competed at the 2007 USRowing Youth National Championships held at Harsha Lake in Batavia, Ohio after earning first, second or third place finishes at the Southwest Regional Championships near Sacramento three weeks before.

The CYC Junior Rowing Club in Marina del Rey, which has only 13 athletes, has now had nearly 70 percent of its athletes compete on a national level.

CYC Junior Rowers Leanne McNamee, 16 years old and a sophomore at Louisville High, and Maureen O’Hanlon, 13 and an eighth-grader at El Segundo Middle School, placed third out of 16 qualified national competitors in the Women’s Lightweight Double Scull event. Both are new to rowing.

Although the Dallas Rowing Club captured gold in this event, the CYC girls fought hard for silver, with Holy Spirit High School of New Jersey just edging ahead of CYC by 0.05 seconds, finishing with a time of 8:03.01 to CYC’s 8:03.06, CYC coaches said.

Veteran national competitor Katie O’Hanlon, a 16-year-old junior at El Segundo High, placed fifth in the nation in both the Women’s Single Scull events, as well as the Women’s Double Sculls, where she partnered with Anna Rasmussen, a 16-year-old junior at Marlborough School.

O’Hanlon and Rasmussen each competed twice for CYC in the USRowing Grand Finals in Ohio.

“Part of the development of these young athletes is having them go to the starting line multiple times,” said CYC Jr. Rowing head coach Guillermo Lemus.

In the Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls, John Kessler, a 17-year-old junior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High, and Jake Palmquist, a 17-year-old junior at Loyola High, placed ninth out of 19 qualified entrants at nationals. Kessler and Palmquist defeated the team that had placed first in the USRowing Southwest Regional Championships three weeks before.

In the Women’s Quadruple Sculls, CYC Junior Rowing placed 11th overall out of 18 qualified entrants at the National Championships, with the following lineup — Ariana Chehrazi, a 16-year-old junior at Marlborough School, Gaby Zarate de Macedo, a 16-year-old junior at Immaculate Heart High, Lindsay Pollock, a 16-year-old junior at Windward School, and two-event competitor Anna Rasmussen in the bow.

“Most notable about the CYC Junior Rowing team’s performance at Nationals,” said Lemus, “is the fact that none of our national competitors are graduating, so they will all be competitive at least another year in Junior-level Rowing.”

Lemus is running three Sculling camps for both novice and experienced rowers this summer.

Information on the summer rowing camps, roweatsleep@ yahoo.com/.

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