CHENARD, CARLSON AND VAN ESSO EACH MEDAL AT THE USROWING CLUB NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State women’s rowers Kristin Carlson, Aimee Chenard and Ruthie Van Esso each took home a gold and silver medal at the USRowing Club National Championships (July 18-21) on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.
Chenard, who will be a senior at Sacramento State next year, competed for Philadelphia’s Vesper Boat Club in both the senior 4 and intermediate 8 events. Van Esso (who will be a junior at Sacramento State next year) and Carlson (eligibility expired last year) both competed for the USRowing Developmental Camp’s Chicago Rowing Center. Both Van Esso and Carlson took part in the intermediate lightweight 4 and senior lightweight 4 events.
After taking first in her heat with the senior 4, Chenard then stroked the boat to victory in the final with a time of 7:38.01. Vesper won with open water to spare as the next fastest team in the final was more than 13 seconds behind (Riverside Boat Club - 7:51.04). In the intermediate 8, Vesper again won its heat before placing second in the final with Chenard competing in the six seat. The Boston Boat Club finished with a first-place time of 6:50.39 in the six boat field, narrowly edging Vesper’s time of 6:51.30.
Chenard will compete for Vesper again this Aug. 7-12 at the 125th annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines, Ontario.
In the intermediate lightweight 4, Carlson (stroke) and Van Esso (three seat) led the Chicago Rowing Center to a first-place finish in both its heat and the final. In the six-boat final, Chicago rowed to a winning time of 8:36.72, followed by Southeast Juniors (8:45.63) and Mobjack Rowing Association (8:49.24) to round out the top three. In the senior lightweight 4, Carlson (two seat) and Van Esso (three seat) helped Chicago to a second-place finish at 7:45.91, trailing Riverside Boat Centers’s winning time of 7:38.54.
The four-day regatta drew more than 1,500 participants, representing 91 clubs. The Cooper River has played host to several other prestigious regattas, including the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships each year, the 2000 Olympic Trials and past USRowing National Championship regattas.
Chenard, Van Esso and Carlson were each instrumental in helping Sacramento State to its second straight Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) team championship this past year. The WIRA Championships serve as Sacramento State’s conference championship. Chenard (stroke) and Van Esso (bow) finished the season with the Hornets’ varsity eight while Carlson concluded the year in the two seat with the team’s second varsity eight.
Women’s Senior Lightweight 4
1. Riverside Boat Center 7:38.54
2. Chicago Rowing Center 7:45.91 (Carlson - 2; Van Esso - 3)
3. Thompson Boat Center 7:50.41
4. Community Rowing Inc. 8:28.45
Women’s Intermediate Lightweight 4
1. Chicago Rowing Center 8:36.72 (Carlson - stroke; Van Esso - 3)
2. Southeast Juniors B 8:45.63
3. Mobjack Rowing Assoc. 8:49.24
4. Thompson Boat Center 8:49.80
5. Southeast Juniors A 9:08.89
6. New York Rowing Assoc. 9:33.39
Women’s Intermediate 8
1. Boston Boat Club 6:50.39
2. Vesper Boat Club 6:51.30 (Chenard - 6)
3. US Junior Women’s A 6:55.70
4. New York Athletic Club 7:00.79
5. Thompson Boat Center 7:08.56
6. Genesee Waterways Center 7:45.58
Women’s Senior 4
1. Vesper Boat Club 7:38.01 (Chenard - stroke)
2. Riverside Boat Club 7:51.04
3. Thompson Boat Center A 7:55.25
4. Boston Boat Club A 8:01.22
5. Thompson Boat Center B 8:04.18
6. Genesee Waterways Center 8:21.76