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ABOVE(L-R): White Rock Rowing’s Men’s V8 Coxswain Chloe Moore, Hunter Howard, Luke McCavit, Demir Yildirim, Lucas Cooper, Kian McLaughlin, Will Kennedy, Jett Fenlaw and Joseph Moler


White Rock Rowing Writes History for Central Region at USRowing’s Youth Nationals

Youth program places 36 of 59 athletes in top 10 fastest boats in the nation, becomes first junior crew in the Central Rowing Region to place two Men’s 8+ boats in Grand Finals


DALLAS, TX – White Rock Rowing, the only Dallas rowing club to hold multiple national youth championship trophies (2014, 2021), made history once more at the 2023 USRowing National Youth Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida. It is the first crew in the entire Central Region of rowing to ever place multiple Men’s 8 boats in the grand finals, which are widely considered the fastest and most competitive of all race events. The Men’s U16 8+ placed sixth in the nation and the Men’s U17 8+ placed seventh.

After qualifying a record number of 59 athletes for Nationals, 36 of them placed in Top 10 boats for the nation, including the Men’s U16 8+, Men’s U17 8+, Women’s U16 8+ and Women’s U17 8+.

White Rock Rowing’s historical performance in the 8-person boat category marked a first for the Central Region of rowing, which consists of crews from Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It’s also a record for the city of Dallas, which is increasingly becoming a competitor to crews from the rowing-centric northeast and northwest.

“All season long our athletes have had unwavering dedication to represent Dallas on a national level. We couldn’t be prouder of their hard work and discipline. The coaches have set an excellent example of what leadership looks like on and off the water. So let it be known – Dallas is here to compete for the biggest races in rowing, and White Rock Rowing athletes will be some of the fiercest competitors on the water,” said Sue Ellen Chambers, president of White Rock Boathouse, Inc. – the nonprofit that manages White Rock Rowing.

More than 220 junior crews took to the 2K racecourse during nationals from June 8-11. White Rock Rowing results are as follows:


Men’s U16 8+

  • Sixth Place – Coxswain Chase Miller, Zaphney Wooldridge, Sam Kennedy, Zach Seidel, Luca Tristan, Boston Lewis, Tate Buckland, Zach Turner and Harper LaFleur

Men’s U17 8+

  • Seventh Place – Coxswain Graham Witherel, Luca D’Orso, Andrew Moyer, Hugo Cortez, Rohan Nijhawan, William Seifert, Lucas Davisson, Micah Spooner and Andrew Delgado



Women’s U16 8+

  • First Place – Coxswain Finaly Presson-Hayter, London Ezell, Stirling Moyse, Josephine Airitam, Caroline Fenlaw, Naomi Ferguson, Katie Reed, Marley Hansen and Trinity Adams

Women’s U17 8+

  • Second Place – Coxswain Maggie Harlow, Addison Holmes, Cordelia Bowden, Ava Moyer, Charlotte Bohannon, Leah Jones, Emerson Donahue, Charlotte Williams and Vivian Gay



Women’s Youth 4+

  • Fourth Place– Coxswain Marina Guandolo, Naomi Geiger, Hathaway Espaillat, Katherine Adams and Isabella Cooper



Men’s Youth 2V 8+

  • Fourth Place – Coxswain Anjali Pamurthy, Juan Huerta, Peter Reynolds, Surya Jalapati, Jake Berend, William Stanley, Kohan Love-Jones, Owen LaFleur and Xavier Lewis


Men’s V 8+

  • Seventh Place – Coxswain Chloe Moore, Hunter Howard, Jr., Luke McCavit, Demir Yildirim, Lucas Cooper, Kian McLaughlin, Will Kennedy, Jett Fenlaw and Joseph Moler




About White Rock Rowing

White Rock Rowing is the premier rowing destination in North Texas for youth and adults, featuring multiple national championship titles, elite training and the largest boathouse in the state. It proudly invests in Dallas youth by teaching them life skills including teamwork, perseverance, leadership and self-discipline, while also providing equal rowing opportunities through financial aid regardless of a rower’s financial status or background. White Rock Rowing is housed under White Rock Boathouse, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that partners with the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department to steward and use city property to bring recreational fun to Dallas residents. Learn more by visiting

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