The Orlando Area Rowing Society (OARS) attended the Florida State Championships this past weekend in Sarasota’s Nathan Benderson Park, winning 2nd Place in the State on points (517 points behind host team Sarasota Crew’s 563 points) on the strong performance of the entire team – winning 10 medals on 14 entries. In total, 90 of our athletes came home wearing medals.
The team-wide performance by OARS included 8 Women’s boats qualifying for Finals (5 medal-winning performances), and 5 Men’s boats qualifying for Finals (all 5 medal-winning performances).
Our Women’s 3V won gold. We had many more silver medals: Women’s 1st Freshman 8, Women’s 2nd Varsity 8, Women’s Lightweight 8, Men’s 2nd Varsity 8, Men’s 3rd Varsity 8, and Men’s 4th Varsity 8. The Women’s 4th Varsity 8, Men’s Varsity 8 and Men’s 5th Varsity 8 all won bronze.
The 200+ rowers of OARS continue their season working towards the 2017 Southeast Regional Championships (May 13-14, 2017 at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue in Gainesville, GA), and ultimately the US Rowing Youth National Championships to be held June 9-11, 2017 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. Expectations are high, as last season OARS qualified 5 boats for the 2016 Youth Rowing National Championships at Mercer Lake, NJ.