@GW_MensRowing Recruits Shine at Youth Nationals

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A handful of incoming GW Men's Rowing recruits were in action this past weekend at the US Rowing Youth National Championships on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, California.


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Among the five student-athletes in action, future Colonials played key roles in the winning of two gold medals and one bronze during the course of the three-day event.

Assistant coach Tom Guncik was in attendance at the event and provided race reports on incoming freshman Logan Carter, Kamana Stewart, Maddux Castle, John Edleman and Kevin Kaminski.

Logan Carter from Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Junior Crew)
Six seat of the Youth 8+ that finished 1st (National Champions)

"Long Beach looked like the crew to beat over the course of the weekend. They made their heat and semifinal look easy. After being down on the start of the final they worked their way to the front and there was no doubt in the last few hundred meters that they'd take the win. Logan has twice finished 4th at Youth Nationals, two years ago in the quad and last year in the eight, so I'm happy to see he and the crew earn their first medal by winning the fastest event in US youth rowing."

Kamana Stewart from San Francisco, CA (Pacific Rowing Club)
Stroke seat of the Youth 4+ that finished 1st (National Champions)

"This was one of the better races I've seen this year. It seemed like the order of the top four crews was never the same for more than ten strokes at a time throughout the race. It was clear from the semis that Pacific had a strong sprint so once they were able to hang with the other crews through the third 500m, I had a good feeling. Kamana and the crew showed excellent race instincts and it's exciting to see that out of one of our future rowers."

Maddux Castle from Sarasota, FL (Sarasota Crew)
Three seat of the Youth 8+ that finished 3rd (Bronze Medalists)

"Maddux and his teammates were the defending national champs, which is never easy. They didn't have a great row in their heat on Friday but were able to make it to the semis with a good row in the Saturday reps. During the Saturday afternoon semifinal I was standing a few hundred meters from the finish and they were in fourth at that point. Fortunately, they kept their wits about them and sprinted into second to earn a spot in the Grand Finals. They rowed a gutsy final and were actually leading for the first part of the race. It was good to see them hold on to third. They got better with each race and did well to follow up last year's win with a medal." 

John Edelman from Cochranville, PA (St. Joseph's Preparatory School)
Four seat of the Youth Lightweight 8+ that finished 4th

"John and his crew came to Youth Nationals after winning the lightweight 8+ event at Stotesbury and following that up with a win in the Boy's Second Eight at the first ever National Scholastic Rowing Association Championships, where they competed against heavyweight crews just last weekend in New York. The lightweight eight final at Youth Nationals was tight as you'd expect. They were the highest finishing scholastic crew in this event."

Kevin Kaminski from University Place, WA (Commencement Bay Rowing Club)
Stroke seat of the Youth 4+ that finished 10th

"Kevin's rowing for a smaller program out of Tacoma, Washington. This was the first trip to Nationals for this crew and they raced hard to earn a top ten finish. Kevin has a lot of potential and the experience of stroking a crew at Nationals will be huge for his development."

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