Incoming Stanford rowers strike gold at youth nationals

Stanford signees recorded gold medals in a handful of events at the 2014 USRowing Youth National Championships over the weekend on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova near Sacramento.

Jovanni Stefani of the Pacific Rowing Club in San Francisco was the first to take home gold as his boat won the Men's Youth 4+ A Final race with a time of 7:01.469. They finished just over one second ahead of the next boat to cross the line.

Allen Reitz of Long Beach followed suit with a gold in the final race of the weekend. He guided the Long Beach Jr. club to a winning time of 6:18.969 in the Men's Youth 8+ A Final.

Callie Heiderscheit of Bettendorf, Iowa, came away with gold in the Women's Youth 4x race. She helped Y Quad Cities win the race in a time of 7:19.366, a 5.5 second advantage over the next fastest boat.

Four other Stanford signees who competed at the meet combined to make the A Finals in all six of their events. They went head-to-head in three different races with two each in the A Finals of the Women's Lightweight Youth 8+, 4+ and 2x events.

The top two spots in the 2x went to future Stanford lightweights. Taylor Harris from the Seattle Rowing Club went under eight minutes in the race to beat future teammate Keagan Hanley of Manhasset. Harris notched a 7:56.781 for first, while Hanley's double went 8:04.220 for second. The two rowers from opposite sides of the country with one from Washington and the other from New York will join forces next year on The Farm.

Hanley also competed in the 4+ race, again taking second place as she crossed the finish line in 7:59.367, less than two seconds back of the winner. This time she was able to finish ahead of her future classmate though as Hannah Levy from Long Beach took third with a time of 8:08.545.

Levy went up against Alanah Anderson from Oakland Strokes in the 8+ event. Anderson helped lead her Oakland boat to the top time of 7:13.605 to take home gold. Levy notched a third place finish with a time of 7:21.121.

Paige Voigt, a native of Darien, Conn., captured a silver medal in the Women's Youth 8+ A Final. Voigt and her Connecticut teammates took second with a time of 7:10.421, two seconds ahead of the Sarasota Crew, which claimed bronze. The third place Sarasota Crew went 7:12.596 and featured two future Cardinal rowers in Florida natives Devin Norder and Tracy Roberts.

Three other Stanford signees competed in the B Finals. Madi Kist was in the winning boat in the Lightweight Youth 8+ race. Kist rows for Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown, Pa. With the victory in the B final her team placed seventh overall.

Anya Miller, a California native who attends Laguna Beach High, took third in the Women's Youth 2- B Final for a ninth-place finish overall. Rowing for Newport, Miller and her teammate crossed the finish line with a time of 8:54.95.

In the Women's Youth 2x B Final, Cece Turner rowed with her older sister Cat for Founders Rowing Club. The two siblings from Texas posted an 8:24.960 for fifth in the race and 11th overall.

The 18th USRowing Youth National Championships featured racing in 18 boat classes. Athletes from 133 clubs and high school rowing programs from 106 cities in 26 states competed for titles.

— Stanford Athletics


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