Rowing has strong showing at USRowing Virtual Youth National Championships

  • Athletics
  • Upper School

Competing on socially-distanced rowing machines in the O'Neill Sports Center on Friday, June 12, seven Malvern rowers who qualified for the 2020 USRowing Virtual Youth National Championships took their last competitive strokes of the 2020 spring season, resulting in two crews finishing second in the country.

To qualify for the national championships, all athletes across competing athletic prep schools had to complete a 2,000-meter time trial on the rowing machine during the USRowing Virtual Mid-Atlantic Youth Regional Championships on May 15. By finishing in the top three places of their respective events, athletes earned slots at the national championship event.

Competing in the Men's Youth Lightweight Single was Jack Crowley '22. Crowley finished 7th of 13, less than one second off 6th place and less than 5 seconds off third place.

On their way to winning the Mid-Atlantic regional qualifier by over forty seconds, Cormac Delaney '21 and Daniel Ward '21 also posted the second-fastest time of all the crews from across the other regional qualifiers. During the national championship event, the duo showed that their second-fastest time from regionals wasn't a fluke, earning a silver medal by finishing second in the country in the Men's Youth Lightweight Double, beating 13 other crews.

After narrowly punching their ticket to nationals in May, the Malvern Quad comprised of Matthew Davis '21, Quinn Hall '21, Jason Kennedy '20, and Colin Munyan '21, were able to rally and also earned a silver medal in the Men's Youth Weight-Adjusted Quad. The crew finished 2.18 seconds ahead of third-place finishers Deerfield Academy. Showing the depth of the event, third through fifth places were separated by only 0.18 seconds.

During a time where activities are being conducted virtually, we are proud of how our student-athletes are continuing to enrich themselves in all aspects of their lives, including academics, athletics, and their faith. Continuing with private school academics in remote settings can complicate participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, but we are continuing to provide our students with opportunities to train and compete.

Congratulations to our friars!