Four young women from the Marina Aquatic Center Junior Rowing team captured second place in the quadruple sculls event for the U.S. Junior National team at the 2008 CanAmMex Regatta in Oklahoma City July 25th and 26th.

Representing their country at the Pan-American competition were Ariana Chehrazi, Katie O’Hanlon, Lindsay Pollock and Anna Rasmussen.

The foursome was chosen after their silver medal-winning performance in the junior women’s quadruple sculls at the USRowing Youth National Championships in Cincinnati last month. Marina Aquatic Center head coach Zohar Abramovitz was named the U.S. Junior Women’s sculling coach for the CanAmMex competition.

O’Hanlon turned in a commanding CanAmMex performance in the single sculls, earning the U.S. team a gold medal with a time of 9:01.90, finishing over 14 seconds ahead of the silver medallist, from Canada.

The four Marina Aquatic Center junior rowers came in second to Canada in the quadruple sculls with Pollack in stroke, followed by Chehrazi, Rasmussen, and O’Hanlon in the bow. Rasmussen and O’Hanlon also paired up to race in the double sculls, earning a bronze medal.

Although it was the last opportunity for the college-bound athletes to compete as junior rowers, they each plan to row at the next level — Chehrazi for MIT, O’Hanlon for Harvard, Pollock for UCLA, and Rasmussen for Stanford.

“It’s a great honor to be asked to represent the United States at this level and it is my hope that these four incredible young women will inspire a new crop of high school-aged kids to come down and try rowing,” Abramovitz said.

The Marina Aquatic Center, 14001 Fiji Way in Marina del Rey, has scheduled a “Bring a Friend to Row” day for interested teens who would like to try rowing, from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 6th.

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