State Championship leads into U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials
Sarasota, FL (April 11) – Over 720 athletes from Florida’s youth and high school rowing teams will gather at Nathan Benderson Park (NBP), for the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association’s (FSRA), Sculling Championships April 16-17. As Florida’s youth state championships for single, double and quadruple sculling events, more than 34 teams will be competing in 22 categories for state rowing titles and high school teams will be looking to qualify for the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s nationals competition in May, a precursor to USRowing’s Youth Nationals competition in June.
“We are thrilled to welcome back Florida’s leading young rowers to the area during this exciting time for the park,” said Paul Blackketter, President of the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA). “We expect at least 1,000 guests to attend this first championship event.”
Teams from all over the state will travel to NBP to participate in the first part of the championship series. Due to the increased popularity and growth of youth rowing, the Florida state finals have recently been broken out into two separate events—sculling and sweeps.
Scullers use two oars, one in each hand, and compete either as a single, double or a quad. Sweep rowers use only one oar and compete in pairs, fours or eights. Sculling and sweep rowing also vary in their equipment use and requirements, due to the number of rowers and oars to power each boat.
“The FSRA Youth Rowing Championship events begin with the sculling championships April 16 – 17, and continue with the sweep championships on April 30 – May 1,” said Brice Crossley, regatta director, FSRA. “We are excited for our high school and youth teams to have the opportunity to share the same space as future Olympians, and hope it will continue to inspire our rowers to continue their sport into adulthood.”
The Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center, Inc. (SANCA), is a not-for-profit business created to manage Nathan Benderson Park, a community/public asset and world class, multi-use sports venue. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for our community and be an economic generator for the region. SANCA’s primary purpose is to develop and promote Nathan Benderson Park as a world class event center, team training site and Sarasota County Park, while providing outreach programs through recreation, safety training, education and volunteering as a service to our community.
FSRA is the governing body of scholastic-aged youth rowing in the state of Florida. FSRA operates as a non-profit organization established to promote rowing as a sport among the youth of Florida. All FSRA member youth teams (club and high school) active during the Florida spring racing season will be invited to participate in the season ending Florida State Championship Regatta.