|Marin training on home water, spring 2016 (Screen capture)|
And we're back! This week's featured video offers a glimpse of some high-intensity training with the 2016 Marin Rowing Association men's varsity eight.
It was another banner year for the Marin program, with Dustin Kraus' crew nearly pulling off the rare Head Of The Charles + Youth Nationals sweep, coming up just short (and, just as we predicted, finishing second back of Oakland) in the men's varsity eight final this spring in West Windsor, New Jersey.
While that result will no doubt be somewhat bittersweet, with the national title going to their Bay Area rivals for the second straight season (hats off to head coach Brian de Regt for keeping his program at the top in a deep and talented field), it was certainly a campaign that everyone in the MRA boathouse can be proud of—consistent speed on the biggest stages, in both the fall and the spring.
Our spring season Junior Rankings played out ever so closely to our prognostications, as crew-to-watch Sarasota indeed was among the contenders (taking third in place of our predicted bronze medalist CRI), with Newport Aquatic Center (our no. 4) taking fourth and Gonzaga College High School (our no. 5) taking the fifth place overall in the men's varsity eight.
Meanwhile, on the women's side, it was again our overall no. 1 taking first place, as Saugatuck came through for the second straight year, ahead of Cincinnati Juniors (our midseason no. 4) in second, and Connecticut Boat Club (our no. 3) in third—the Marin varsity women (our no. 2) were also in the mix, but placed last in the A Final behind PNRA/Mercer and Chicago Foundation.
It wasn't quite as close as our NCAA predictions, but we're pretty okay with how everything turned out in Princeton.
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