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BIAC Crew Victorious at the 2018 Masters National Championships

Credit: US Rowing: 2018 Masters National Championships

BIAC Crew Victorious at the 2018 Masters National Championships

Of the 210 events offered at the 2018 Masters National Championships, the women’s club E-K quadruple sculls possessed the most entries with 26.

In the finals of the E category, Bair Island Aquatic Center (BIAC), Williamette Rowing Club, Rio Salado Rowing Club, Inc., Sammamish Rowing Association, Station L Rowing Club and Minneapolis Rowing Club competed.

The six crews, which finished within five seconds of one another in the heats, were all quick off the start in the final, but it was BIAC and Williamette that pulled away from the pack in the first half of the race. Fighting from the first stroke to the last, BIAC came out on top and clenched the national title. Finishing in 4:00.046, the crew of Julie King, Sharon Wienbar, Cynthia Neuwalder and Jenifer Aguirre were followed closely by Williamette in 4:00.845. Rio Salado fought to a third-place finish in 4:02.045, edging out Station L by 0.784 seconds.

“It was a fun, good, hard row,” said Neuwalder on the crew’s first-place finish in the final.

The small time margins at the finish made the racing exciting for both spectators and competitors.

“It came down to the wire,” said Aguirre. “It’s fun to win by a lot, but I actually like the races that are really close.”

2018 USRowing Masters National Championships - BIAC Wins Women's E Quad

Halfway through the day, USRowing held a ceremony honoring and appreciating the 13 octogenarians competing, seven of whom were in action today.

In the men’s open I-K double sculls, Don Tanhauser (Lake Casitas Rowing Association) and Hans Wurster (Colorado Rowing) won the gold medal in the J category. Art Wright (College Club Seattle) and 79-year-old Tiger Demers (College Club Seattle) rowed to win the silver medal, while Steve Gurney (San Diego Rowing Club) joined David Rich (San Diego Rowing Club) to win the bronze medal. In the same race, W. Scott Kemper (San Diego Rowing Club) won a silver medal in the I category. Tanhauser, Wurster and Wright also rowed together in the men’s J quad, winning a second gold medal.

Beverlee Bentley (Marin Rowing Association), who is competing in four events, won a gold medal today in the women’s J single.

The other octogenarians honored today included Joan Bajsarowicz (East Bay Rowing Club), Nancy Blakemore(Everett Rowing Association), Hanne Caraher (Avalon Rowing Club), Sue Mote (Corvallis Rowing Club), Howard Ruby (California Yacht Club) and Barbara Smith (Masters Coaching, LLC).

Along with BIAC and the three octogenarian boats, 64 other crews earned gold medals in Friday’s finals. Visit HereNow for a complete list of today’s results.

Currently, Marin Rowing Association leads the points trophy standings with 409 points. San Diego Rowing Club follows closely behind with 388 and Texas Rowing Center currently sits in third with 292. Click here for a complete list of Team Point results.

Fifty-six finals will highlight Saturday’s schedule. Additionally, athletes training out of the USRowing Training Center in Oakland in the men’s eight and four are scheduled to pay a visit to the USRowing tent on from 4:00-5:00 p.m. for a meet-and-greet alongside USRowing men’s head coach Mike Teti. The group will be at the ‘Beer Garden’ for the following hour to meet with competitors and socialize. Spectators and athletes alike are encouraged to stop by for a photo-op and converse with some of the top athletes in the country.

In addition to racing, this year’s event will feature a ‘Beer Garden’ Thursday-Saturday from noon-8:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon-6:00 p.m. Located on the second floor of the Lake Merritt Boating Center, patrons can sit back and relax while enjoying some of Oakland’s finest local beers. With an ideal location along the water and unobstructed views, the Beer Garden will provide an ideal location to reminisce about races, both past and present, and show off medals.