June 12, 2022—Winsor’s coxed four boat won the 2022 US Youth Rowing National Championship in Sarasota, Florida on Sunday. This is the fourth US Youth Rowing National Championship in school history and the first since 2003.
According to Rowing News
, this year's 2022 National Championship was “the largest iteration in the event’s history,” attracting more than 3,500 high school and junior athletes from 210 programs.
The road to Sarasota began at Lake Quinsigamond, in Worcester, Massachusetts when the coxed four boat finished second in the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta (NEIRA). From there, a series of races led them to the championship course.
The coxed four boat earned a spot in the semi-finals with a strong showing in the qualifying heat. In the semifinals, Winsor’s boat posted the fastest qualifying time of the day, 7:21.074—landing them a spot in the race for a national championship.
In the final race, Winsor came from behind to win in a time of 7:12.727, beating out second place finisher Blair Academy by less than a second. Stroke Imogen Cabot ’22 told Rowing News
, “When we crossed the finish line, we didn’t know we were in first. We thought we hadn’t won, so when we found out, we were so, so excited.”
The youth coxed four is composed of rowers Imogen Cabot ’22, Olivia Hochberg ’23, Evelyn Wells ’22, Emeline Daley ’24 and coxswain Isabella Liu ’22. This championship was an incredible way to send off Winsor’s longtime coach, Lisa Stone, who announced her retirement at the beginning of the 2021-2022 season.
“This is our coach’s [Lisa Stone] last season; she’s been with us for 24 years. She’s like a family member to me, and I’m just so happy we were able to have this big last hurrah for her. It was such a fun race. It was so fun to have that final sprint, so fun to be so close for the entire time. It just makes me love rowing,” added Cabot.