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TYRA Earns 12th Place Finish at the 2020 Virtual Youth Nationals

Tulsa Youth Rowing Association is proud to announce that Emma Reynolds earned a 12th place finish in the 2020 USRowing Virtual Youth National Championships with a time of 7:36.5. 

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Youth National Championships were canceled. However, an adaptation was made given the circumstances and the event became a virtual championship. Organizations and clubs from all over the nation competed on the Concept2 rowing machine over a distance of 2000m.  A total of 1,134 athletes and 415 crews from 119 teams competed in 42 events in this year’s championship.

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To qualify for the Youth National Championships athletes competed at the regional level recording either individual or averaged times in the events with multiple athletes. 

In the regional championship the following results were achieved by TYRA athletes.

TYRA was well represented by Halee McMahon who placed 4th in the Women’s Youth Ltwt single in a time of 8:40. This was an impressive effort considering that Halee is an eighth grader competing well above her age group. 

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Max Tucker finished 5th in the Men’s Youth Single in a time of 7:49. 

Emma Reynolds finished 2nd in the Women’s Youth Single in a time of 7:46.7 and earned a place to compete at the National Championship Virtual regatta. 

Logan Lewellen rowed a strong 2000m effort in a time of 7:18 and narrowly missed out on selection for the national championship regatta placing 3rd in the the men’s U17 regatta. 

Luke Brightmire and Sam Derricot raced hard and placed 5th in the men’s youth 2-/2x.

Following her qualification from the regional regatta, Emma Reynolds competed in the Women’s Youth Single at the National Virtual Regatta last week and placed a respectable 12th in the nation. 

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“It was strange doing a Nationals race in the boathouse without my team.  I knew I had lost a lot of my fitness level during COVID but my plan was to drive hard and give it my best.  I wanted to represent TYRA the best I could. It wasn’t quite what I thought a Nationals race would be like, but nothing is the same right now and I’m thankful for the opportunity to race.” said Emma Reynolds of her effort.

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The Tulsa Youth Rowing Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing opportunities in the sport of rowing for the youth of Tulsa and surrounding areas. For more information on TYRA and enrollment, visit the club website at www.okrowing.org or contact info@okrowing.org for more information. 

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