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Essex Rowing Wins National Championship


Camden, NJ – July 21, 2008 – In its first season of existence, the Essex Rowing Junior Sculling Development Camp placed second to the Mexican Rowing Federation in the USRowing Club National Championships to win the gold medal and the national championship (foreign crews are invited to compete at Club Nationals but are not eligible for medals or a championship). The duo of Donald Leatherwood (Fort Washington, PA) and Corentin Morel (Pelham, NY) clocked a 6:49.33 in very slight cross-wind conditions, giving them the second fastest time of the regatta in their event.

The boat had qualified into lane 5 for the final by placing first in their semifinal, though both athletes felt that race hadn’t been up to expectations at a 7:03. In the final, they came off the line smoothly but, as normal, towards the back of the pack. They maintained a slightly higher rating than usual – 33 strokes per minute for this powerful pair – and were in the middle of the group for most of the race. “After the first thousand we realized we were in the middle and needed to start moving,” said Morel, the bowman who is charged with steering and calling the race plan while Leatherwood sets the pace. “We just started taking on boats one by one.” After chasing down Albany Rowing Center, they increased their pace according to their well-planned sprint and passed Union Boat Club through the final two hundred meters to move into second place, just behind the MRF double that had powered their quad to an earlier win.

Both rowers were happy with their race but are even more excited about continuing to increase their speed as they approach the Royal Canadian Henley, which begins in St. Catharines, Ontario on August 4th. While it’s not clear if they’ll face the Mexican team again, they will certainly encounter new opposition and are confident going into the week-long race that traditionally marks the end of the summer rowing season.

Also looking forward to Canada, no doubt, are Tom McElwee (Wayne, PA) and his partner Tom Mickler (Wynnewood, PA) who are hoping to improve on their fifth-place finish in the Men’s Intermediate Lightweight Double. In a close third place for much of the race behind two older and more experienced boats from the GMS Rowing Center and Lincoln Park Boat Club, Mickler’s seat came loose from its tracks with only six hundred meters to go, sending them quickly into last. “It killed all our speed right before our sprint,” said Mickler. They managed to charge through a New York Athletic Club boat and were less than two seconds from a duo from Malta Boat Club before the finish line caught them. “We’re planning for a more consistent and relaxed middle thousand meters,” Mickler says of the duos plans for Canada.

The program has one final tune-up race – the Philadelphia Youth Regatta (July 26) on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA – before leaving for Canada. All Essex rowers will compete this weekend in singles and a slightly revised quad lineup will debut, minus Tommy McElwee who is too old to compete as a junior rower at the Canadian Henley.



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

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