The Everett Rowing Association had two champions crowned at the 2017 USRowing Northwest Youth Championships held over the weekend in Vancouver, Washington.
Everett placed first in the Men’s Lightweight 8 plus coxswain, winning the event for the second straight year. The team was comprised of Summer Keyes (cox), Parker Bumstead, Kyle Freeman, Jack McManis, Jack Nemiroff, Alex Barrett, Ethan Senn, Stephen Bjorkquist and Justin Dehart. Everett also won the Men’s Varsity 4 plus coxswain, with the team being Dustin Mara (cox), Cameron Helgerson, Chase Barrows, Ethan Grice and Chandler Kovacevich. Each boat won its final by more than two seconds.
Those two boats qualified for the 2017 Youth National Championships, scheduled for June 9-11 in Sarasota, Florida. Everett had one other boat qualify for nationals, that being the Men’s Varsity 8 plus coxswain, consisting of Mara, Bumstead, Helgerson, Barrows, Grice, Kovacevich, Freeman, Sam Willie and Dekker Lane, which placed third.
Everett Rowing Association executive director Padraic McGovern said Everett is taking the Men’s Lightweight 8 and Men’s Varsity 8 to nationals. Bumstead and Freeman will compete with the Varsity 8, with call-ups taking their place in the Lightweight 8.
Charleson earns All-West Region honors
Jackson High School alum Mary Charleson, a junior at Seattle Pacific University, was named to the NCAA Division II All-West Region team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Charleson’s time of 16 minutes, 41.59 seconds in the women’s 5,000 meters ranks second in the region. She will compete in the NCAA Division II national championships beginning Thursday in Bradenton, Florida.
Edmonds CC softball 1-2 at tourney
The Edmonds Community College softball team finished 1-2 at the NWAC Softball Championships held over the weekend in Spokane. The fifth-seeded Tritons beat No. 12 Chemeketa 11-2 before losing 12-9 to No. 4 Clackamas and 11-2 to No. 6 Bellevue. The Tritons, who finished the season 35-10, were led by sophomore Paige Matsuki, who hit three homers in the tournament. Freshman Seli Aholelei led the team during the season, batting .508 with 20 homers and posting a 16-4 record as a pitcher.
Ladines excels at regional
Arlington High School graduate Ronnie Ladines allowed just two earned runs in 15 innings pitched as the Kent State University softball team was eliminated at the NCAA Waco Regional over the weekend in Waco, Texas. The senior allowed just an unearned run in Kent State’s opener against host Baylor, which the Golden Flashes lost 1-0. She then threw a complete game in Kent State’s 2-1 victory over Oregon State before throwing two innings of one-run relief in the Golden Flashes’ season-ending 4-0 loss to James Madison.
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