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Essex Rowing Advances Two Boats to Finals at Club National Championship

Camden, NJ – July 18, 2008 – The Men’s Junior A Quad and Double each won their semi-final at the USRowing Club National Championship today. The crews are part of Essex Rowing Club, Inc.’s Junior Boys Sculling Development Camp hosted by Whitemarsh Boat Club in Conshohocken, PA. This is the inaugural running of the camp which was envisioned and developed by Essex’s newest coach J.D. Bridges. The camp serves as a high performance training group for top high school male scullers from around the region and is focused on developing team sculling boats to compete at the Club National Championship and Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.

Both boats won both their heats and semifinals earlier in the week, with the double advancing through local programs Fairmount Rowing Association and Vesper Boat Club. They moved into a comfortable lead over Boston’s Union Boat Club only in the final 650 meters. Though the next day brought rough tailwind conditions that favored lighter crews, the heavy and powerful Essex boat never trailed and finished two seconds ahead of East End Rowing Club, beating out four other crews for a spot in the final. According to bowman Corentin Morel, the double has meshed well in only the few weeks it’s been together. Morel notes that “solid coaching and rigorous training” have allowed them to get this far and they are “very excited to carry this momentum into the Canadian Henley in August.”

The quad, racing together for the first time this summer, won their heat over local powerhouse Malvern Prep in convincing fashion. Those two boats advanced into the semifinals today ahead of Malta Boat Club and Navesink River Rowing Association. In the semi the boat again used its biggest asset, according to bowman Tom Mickler – a powerful middle thousand meters – to open up a sizable lead over the second place boat from Crescent Boat Club. “We have speed we haven’t tapped yet,” said Mickler.

The team had raced only once before the Club National Championships: at the Independence Day Regatta, in Philadelphia, where the double of Morel and Donald Leatherwood won its event and Mickler and Tom McElwee (bow and stern in the quad) placed a close fourth racing as an intermediate-level lightweight double. The Essex program has also fielded singles on both the Junior A and Junior B (or under-16) levels. Mickler and McElwee will race the intermediate lightweight double again – just a few hours before their final in the quad. If they advance again in this largely college-aged event, they’ll race on Sunday for that final.

“The field is a little deeper than normal this summer, especially in the quad,” said Bridges. “We’re excited to be this competitive in our first season on the water. All the athletes have put in a tremendous amount of work and we’re looking forward to racing in the finals here before finishing our summer in Canada.” Before they get to the Henley, however, the quad will have to face off against Malvern Prep, Union Boat Club, Crescent Boat Club, Quad City Rowing Association, and a boat from the Mexican Rowing Federation. The double faces Albany Rowing Club, East End Rowing Club, the Mexican Rowing Federation, South Niagara, and Union.

The finals for the Junior A Quad go off at 1:28 pm on Saturday followed by the Junior A Double final on Sunday at 9:59. Live race results can be followed by visiting

Essex Rowing Club, Inc. Men’s Junior A Quad
Stroke; Thomas McElwee, Wayne, PA
3 seat; Donald Leatherwood, Fort Washington, PA
2 seat; Corentin Morel, Pelham, NY
Bow; Thomas Mickler, Wynnewood, PA

Essex Rowing Club, Inc. Men’s Junior A Double
Stroke; Donald Leatherwood, Fort Washington, PA
Bow; Corentin Morel, Pelham, NY


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