While most seniors were throwing their cap into the air celebrating their graduation, five seniors from the Brookline High School Varsity Crew team were preparing, racing and recovering from the Youth National Championships for rowing.
The team closed off the season strong, raking in gold medals from the races in Tennessee. Two boats crossed the country filled with seven students.
Rowers from around the country, from public and private school teams as well as club teams, traveled to Oak Ridge to fight for gold.
Senior Jack Ruske and sophomore Jordi Cabanas destroyed all competition in the Mens Lightweight Youth 2x A Final, finishing two seconds ahead of second place Miami Beach. They finished their two thousand meter piece in 7 minutes, one second, beating Miami Beach, Miami Rowing, Stanford, Tempe Junior Crew and Pine Crest (in that order).
The double won all three races including their heat, their semifinal race and the A finals. In their second race they out sprinted the competitors in the last 500 meters, securing open water. The final was decisively won, titling Ruske and Cabanas the best lightweight youth double in America.
After placing fourth in their heat and third in their rep, the four beat out New Canaan High School Crew and Atlanta Junior to place fourth in the C Final for men’s lightweight youth fours. Senior Max Condon coxed the boat of seniors Adam Rintell, Jacob Anmahian, Cam Chaisson and junior Julien Mahler.
The races took place on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, so the seniors had to miss the high school graduation. School administrators presented the athletes’ diplomas upon their return home on Monday, June 10, in a personal graduation ceremony.
This was the third year in a row that coach Katy Ruderman sent rowers to nationals from the Brookline High School varsity team, adding to her success with the program.
For the five seniors who raced, competing and dominating Junior Nationals was a great way to finish their high school rowing career.