ROWING: Rossmoor Resident Earns National Championship

June 11, 2012
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Mackenzi Sherman (3rd from left) holds on to one of the three first place trophies she earned at the US Rowing Southwest Regional Championship held in early May. She and teammate Jill McGill (right) captured the championship in the Youth Doubles at the National Championships held June 10.

Local rower Mackenzie Sherman has earned a national championship at this past weekend’s US Rowing Youth National Championships held June 10 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Competing against regional champions from across the nation, the 18-year old Sherman and her Long Beach Rowing Association teammate,  Jillian McGill (15, La Habra Heights),  won the Women’s Youth Double event in a time of 7:36.1.  An hour after taking gold in the double, McGill and Sherman combined with teammates Jasmine McGill and Emily Loudenback to row to a fourth place finish in the Women’s Youth Quad race.

Sherman, who attends Hope Christian Academy — a home school affiliated organization — and McGill both earned invitations from the U.S. junior national team coaches  to compete for seats in the sculling boats that will represent the U.S. at the world junior championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria this August.

Sherman earned a spot on the 2011 junior national team in the quadruple sculls, and she and her U.S. teammates finished fourth in that event at last year’s junior world championships.

The US.  that placed fourth in that event.  Sherman hopes to represent the country again and return with a medal.

She was recruited to row for Loyola Marymount University, where she will matriculate this fall.

The Youth National Championships in Tennessee featured more than 1,500 high school and junior athletes competing for national titles in eighteen events. Drawing in 360 crews from 158 clubs across the country, junior rowers came from 30 different states to compete in the three day regatta in Oak Ridge. US Rowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. Founded in 1932 at the rowing venue of the first Los Angeles Olympics, the Long Beach Rowing Association is a US Rowing Training Center Partner.

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