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Texas Rowing Center December Recap

Updated: Jan 6

With 2023 coming to an end, we wanted to recap the highlights of another successful year! Thank you to everyone who is part of the TRC community, these accomplishments would not have been possible without you!


eights rowing on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas

Upcoming Dates


Know someone grade 6-12 that may be interested in rowing? Our spring semester starts January 9th with parent orientation on Tuesday, January 9th at 5:00pm. See our website for more information on our Competitive and Recreational crew, or email info@texasrowingcenter.com with additional questions.


2023 Highlights


With 2023 coming to a close, the TRC community has much to celebrate! Here are some of last year's highlights:





January


Napoleon Griffin won the TRC Meters challenge for the sixth consecutive year logging over 3,000,000 meters in the twelve week time span. Congrats Napoleon!




February


TRC hosted a 5,000m age and weight adjusted erg challenge won by Mike Anderson and Lindsay Burns. We also had many winners at the Erg Rodeo. For the varsity men, winners included Harrison Mankey, Dimitri Chamitoff, and Savannah Cunningham (cox). Varsity women's winners were Wyonne Bisque and Faith Phillips. Drew Jackson and Simon Borchelt brought home the win for the masters men and Tina Woodhart, Devon Knight, Rachel Brown, and Rose McCord were our masters women winners.




March


Many medals were won including the team points trophy at the Heart of Texas regatta, right here on Lady Bird Lake.





April


TRC had a great showing at the San Diego Crew Classic with many medals! The masters men won the club quad and were third in the E eight. The masters women won the B eight and were second in the club quad. The varsity boys finished second in the youth quad and third in the youth B quad.




May


Our Juniors had a great showing at the Texas State Championships, winning the womens youth eight, mens U15 quad, womens youth second eight, mens U17 double, mens youth novice quad, mens open single, and mens open double. At the Central Regionals in Oklahoma City the TRC juniors qualified many boats for Youth Nationals. These boats included the mens quad, pair, U17 four, U17 quad, and the U15 coxed quad, and the womens four, varsity eight, second varsity eight, and B four.




June


The TRC juniors raced at the Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida. The Varsity men finished third in the quad, becoming the first ever TRC large boat to medal at the regatta!





July


The TRC masters dominated the Masters National Championship winning the men's cup, women's cup, club cup, and overall points cup - the first organization ever to do so in a single Masters Nationals!




August


We had our biggest Latino Moonlight Serenade of the year with approximately 200 stand-up paddleboarders, kayakers, and canoers.






September


We had many TRC HP athletes represent the United States at the World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Sophia Vitas earned a bronze medal in the double and Kara Kohler had an impressive fourth place finish in the single. Both qualified their respective boats for the 2024 Paris Olympics.




October


TRC masters and juniors raced at the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston, Massachusetts.

The masters women finished second in the 40+ eight and fourth in the 50+ eight. Later in the month, TRC raced at the Head of the Colorado medaling in many events. Winning juniors crews at the regatta included the mens novice four, mens quad, mens novice coxed quad, and mens novice eight. Winning masters crews were the womens eight, womens quad, mens double, womens double, womens single, mens single, mens eight, mixed double, and womens four.




November


TRC attended the Waco Regatta and won many events. The masters won the mens elite/open single, mens elite lightweight single, womens double, mens elite/open double, mens quad, womens quad, mixed double, mens eight, and womens eight. The juniors won the mens quad, mens U17 four, womens quad, mens youth novice four, mens double, mens novice eight, womens novice quad, and mens novice coxed quad.




December


We hosted another successful holiday party and started the next meters challenge





Masters Program Update


eight rowing on Lady Bird Lake in Austin Texas

Mark Borchelt- Head of Adult Programs


Advanced Masters men are getting used to cold weather and ice on the dock. The focus this month is blade work at the Catch (quick entry without missing water) and finish (not washing out) and acceleration thru the middle of the drive ( the second half of the leg drive is quicker than the 1st half).


I am putting the word out to encourage recruiting friends and associates to learn to scull with a power endurance athletic background  like competitive swimming, biking, running and CrossFit.


The Intermediate men and women are learning to improve their sweeping and sculling  and getting more intensity and endurance on the ergometer.


We are over 1/2 way through the 12 week Napoleon Griffin 1 million Meters Challenge and on the men's side we have 19 men on track for induction into the 2023 1,000,000 meters Club.


Anna Miller - Masters Women's Coach


After a very successful summer and fall season the Advanced Masters Women have transitioned to winter training. We are focused on a lot of meters and strength and conditioning. With full participation in the TRC winter meters challenge, all the women get to challenge themselves in more activities on top of rowing. We look forward to warmer weather and to be racing again in the spring!


Owner Update


Matt Knifton - Texas Rowing Center Owner


TRC has had a very successful 2023 season! I want to wish all of our members and anyone who is part of the TRC community a happy holiday and new year. I am looking forward to what 2024 will bring, let's have another great year!



A huge thank you to Megan Ream, Yao Yang, Rachel Rane, and USRowing for the awesome photos used in this month's update!


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