By Donna Swanson
April 20, 2015
Dallas United Crew competed in the Texas State Rowing Championships in Austin this past weekend and walked away with four state championship titles, including the most prestigious events – the men’s and women’s varsity eights! We have the fastest boats in Texas, earning gold in:
- The Men’s Jr. Varsity 8+
- The Men’s Jr. Varsity 4+
- The Women’s Jr. Varsity 8+
- The Men’s Junior Novice 8+ - three years running!
DUC earned third overall in Junior team points, the most for a sweep team and the most for any Junior team in North Texas.
The Texas Rowing Championship is a 1000-meter sprint which takes place on Lady Bird Lake at the Festival Beach Park. It’s the principle regatta that determines the best and fastest high school rowers in the state of Texas.
Congratulations to our other medal winning boats: Silver Medal Winners: Varsity Women’s 4+, Varsity Men’s 4+ B Boat. Bronze Medal Winners: Men’s Novice 4+.
Director of Dallas United Crew Jonathan Stevens says, “Though we became state champions on Sunday, the journey began months ago-from countless hours on the water in the grueling heat of August through icy workouts in the gym in January. The victories were truly the result of our athletes' hard work and dedication paying off when it mattered most. “
Tulsa Route 66 Sprint Invitational: Dallas United Crew also had strong showings in the Route 66 Tulsa Sprints Invitational Regatta held April 11th and 12th. Gold Medals – Women’s Novice 4+ A and B Boats; Silver Medals – Women’s JV 8+, Women’s Varsity 4+, Men’s Varsity 4+, Men’s Novice 8+ A and B Boats; and Bronze: Men’s Varsity V8+, Men’s JV 8+, Women’s Novice 8+ and Women’s Lightweight 4+
Rowing Camps for Middle School and High School students are now open for registration for Spring and Summer Rowing. The High School Travel Team will hold Spring tryouts on May 6th at CrossFit Lake Highlands.
About Dallas United Crew
Dallas United Crew offers a variety of rowing and dragon boating programs for adults and youth age 11+ on White Rock Lake. Since 2002, DUC has been building community, fostering leadership and teamwork, and having fun through oar and paddle sports. These programs challenge, strengthen and empower people both mentally and physically. Both novice and experienced rowers and paddlers are welcome. DUC is a registered 501c(3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible. For complete information on getting out on the water with DUC, visit www.dallasunitedcrew.org.
DUC is also proud to partner with CrossFit Lake Highlands, offering indoor strength workouts, classes and nutritional consultation just minutes away from White Rock Lake. www.crossfitlakehighlands.com.
A capital campaign is currently underway to raise funds to build a new boathouse on White Rock Lake, making oar and paddle sports accessible to an even broader audience including those with disabilities. Visit the DUC website for more information. www.dallasunitedcrew.org.
Donna Swanson, Media Relations