The Sammamish Rowing Association (SRA) qualified five boats, including three Kirklanders and three non-kirkland residents that attend Kirkland high schools, during the Northwest Junior Regional Championships. Two of those shells finished in the top seven in the nation at the Youth Nationals in Cincinnati, Ohio July 10-14. Both SRA’s Women’s Youth Lightweight Eight and the Men’s Youth Pair advanced to the Grand Final, finishing fifth and sixth respectively. The Women’s Youth Pair and the Men’s Youth Lightweight Eight advanced to the Petite Final and finished seventh in the nation. The Women’s Varsity Eight also competed advancing through the heats and semi’s to finish in the C-Finals.
Recent Kirkland High School graduate Dani Ferrigno and International Community School sophomore and Redmond resident Gabby Bull competed in the Women’s Youth Lightweight Eight, which finished in a time of 7:12.80 during the finals.
Kirkland resident and International Community School junior Jared Cardiel, along with Woodinville resident and International Community School sophomore Kevin Saxby competed in the Men’s Youth Pair, finishing in a time of 7:56.54 during the National final.
Andy Altig of Kirkland, who attends Bellevue Christian as a junior, competed as a part of the Men’s Youth Lightweight Eight which finished seventh in the nation with a finals time of 6:14.83.