The Everett Rowing Association has two boats heading to the 2017 Youth National Championships on Friday through Sunday in Sarasota, Florida. One of those two boats is the boys lightweight eight plus coxswain, which took first place at the Northwest Youth Championships on May 19-21 in Vancouver, Washington, and is making its second straight trip to nationals.
This year the boat includes Jack McManis, Jack Nemiroff, Alex Barrett, Ethan Senn, Stephen Bjorkquist, Justin Dehart, Tyler Norby and Leo Kohorst. But serving as cox for the second straight year is Summer Keyes, who has a family history in rowing. Here’s a look at what Keyes does as a cox.
First, here’s Keyes supervising the process of getting the boat ready for launch:
But what about during a race? Well, Keyes was wearing a camera when the boat took home the title at the 2017 Northwest championships two weeks ago. So here’s a view of the race from her perspective, as well as an idea of exactly what a cox says and does (slight language advisory):