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Trio selected for 2018 USRowing Youth Regional Challenge

Three members of Rogue Rowing’s junior team have been selected to compete at the 2018 USRowing Junior National Youth Regional Challenge, Dec. 12-15, 2018, in Sarasota, Fla., it was announced Monday.

South Medford High School senior Cormac Webb, Ashland High School freshman Ben Sandow, and Jacksonville home-schooled sophomore Sam Powell, are three of just 29 male rowers chosen to compete from the Northwest region. Rowers from six different regions across the United States will participate.

The second annual USRowing Junior National Youth Regional Challenge will feature more than 400 of the top Under-18 rowers from across the country.

This is the kick-off event for a new series of USRowing U19, U18 and U17 Olympic Development Program (ODP) Identification Camps across the country. The ODP camps are designed to identify talented athletes at the three levels with potential to grow within the sport.

USRowing is the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States, serving to promote the sport on all levels of competition, including the selection and training of those who represent the U.S. at the international level.

Rogue Rowing’s executive director Rick Brown will join five other Northwest regional coaches participating in the Youth Challenge.

Races are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15, after two days of practice and strength training sessions in Sarasota where the 2017 World Rowing Championships were hosted.

Andy Atkinson / Daily TidingsCathy Gerking of Medford pushes her boat after a morning workout up away from Emigrant Lake to the Rogue Rowing boathouse.