Bronze medalists: Sophie Perez, Kaitlyn Kynast, Julia Cornacchia, Katie Bower, Taylor Lust, Irene McLaughlin, Lauren Squitieri, Paige Cleary, Andy Bernhardt, and Coach Liz Trond
National Champions: Julia Cornacchia & Kaitlyn Kynast
Kaitlyn Kynast (stroke) with her USA teammate Kailani Marchak.
Olivia Luther (third from left) with her USA teammates in the 4+.
Julia Cornacchia (2nd from left) with her USA teammates.
Coach Trond with Kaitlyn Kynast (fourth from left) with and her World Champion teammates.
The Connecticut Boat Club, an all-girls rowing team, placed second in women’s youth 8+ at the USRowing Youth National Championships June 14-15. The CBC boat was the only boat from the Northeast.
The CBC silver medal-winning team consists of New Canaan’s Casey Clifford, Darien’s Kendra Shutts, Wilton’s Katherine Squitieri, Darien’sKatie de Haas, Darien’s Courtney Lincoln, Fairfield’s Isabel Fitter, Ridgefield’s Meg Galloway, Darien’s Paige Voigt and Fairfield’s Jessica Ferrante.
“It was definitely one of the best moments of my life,” said Clifford, a rising senior at New Canaan High School. “We were all kind of screaming. There was a lot of relief, and it was unbelievable because it’s been a long season with a lot of ups and downs. To have that outcome was amazing because our boat is unbelievably close and we’re all best friends.”
Competing for USRowing’s High Performance team, CBC’s Heidi Jacobson and Jenna Macrae were the stern pair of the winning u19 8+. Heidi also won GOLD in the u17 8+, while Jenna won GOLD in the Intermediate 8+.
The CBC Pair of Kaitlyn Kynast and Julia Cornacchia took home gold medals in the Youth Women’s Pair event at the 2017 USRowing Youth National Championships. CBC won the race by over 20 seconds!