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3-day regatta at Vancouver Lake makes splash

By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor
Published: May 19, 2023, 8:24pm
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Rowing shells line the grass around Vancouver Lake on Friday during the U.S. Rowing Northwest Youth Championship Regatta at Vancouver Lake Park. The three-day event is expected to draw between 1,500 and 3,000 rowers over the course of the competition.
Rowing shells line the grass around Vancouver Lake on Friday during the U.S. Rowing Northwest Youth Championship Regatta at Vancouver Lake Park. The three-day event is expected to draw between 1,500 and 3,000 rowers over the course of the competition. (Photos by Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Vancouver Lake’s normally still waters will be churning with activity this weekend.

More than 2,000 rowers from across the Northwest have come to Vancouver for the U.S. Rowing Northwest Youth Championships. Teams are looking to qualify for the National Championships next month in Sarasota, Fla.

In Friday’s time trials, sculls holding from one to five competitors glided along the 2,000 meter course offshore of Vancouver Lake Regional Park. Teams aimed to finish in the top six, which granted qualification to finals today and Sunday.

Vancouver Lake Rowing Club has several teams in this weekend’s competition. The club’s youth members, who compete in divisions up to 19-under, take part in regattas across the Northwest and Canada from April to July.

Finals at Vancouver Lake begin at 8 a.m. today and Sunday.

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Spectators line the beach of Vancouver Lake while rowers wait just offshore on Friday, May 19, 2023, during the U.S. Rowing Northwest Youth Championship Regatta at Vancouver Lake Park. The three-day event is expected to draw between 1,500 and 3,000 rowers over the course of the competition.
U.S. Rowing Northwest Youth Championship Regatta Photo Gallery
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