Cold and wet is the best way to describe the conditions of the 2019 Heart of Texas as far as weather is concerned. However, that isn’t the way we’d describe the spirit or efforts of the teams that competed there! Thirty eight clubs were represented by athletes from Texas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, North Carolina, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Connecticut.

Rowing Club of The Woodlands had adults and junior athletes competing this year. We would like to congratulate our medal winners!

Magdalena P brought home a silver in the women’s lightweight single, as well as the mixed masters double with her partner Keith W. Keith W also rowed in the men’s master double and brought home a silver medal. Keith also earned a bronze in the men’s master single.

Simon B carried home the silver in the men’s Jr novice single, followed closely by Michael P for the bronze. Our men’s junior novice quad rowed by Michael P, Sam C, Caden M, and Simon B brought home silver. And Chandler K rounded out the day on Saturday with a silver in the men’s Jr lightweight single.

In spite of higher winds and colder temperatures our athletes didn’t let the conditions stop them! New rowers Gabriella G and Sofia A started the day with a bronze in the women’s Jr novice double. Michael P and Caden M earned a gold in the men’s Jr novice double.

Our athletes showed great teamwork. Two development athletes from our program traveled over to Austin to support their teammates and help out. “Brooks M and Devan G are getting ready to race next season, and will already know the ropes from helping with these spring regattas”, said Coach Joe Flynn. “It’s exciting to watch our athletes grow and mature on and off the water”, said Coach Dee Hotop.

The race results don’t tell the whole story of what these athletes gain from this sport. The skills to take care of equipment, move it about, keep track of their time and each other. It takes the work of the parents to feed them and support them, and ensure they can relax and prepare for each race.

We can’t wait to see what this team and the competition has to bring. We go next to the Olympic course in Lanier GA and then back to Austin for the Texas Championships.