Everett rowing teams going to nationals

2 Kamiak students to compete
By Sara Bruestle | Jun 05, 2013
Courtesy of: Everett Rowing Assocation Ian Ferguson, a sophomore at Kamiak High School, on the far left, will be joining teammates from Everett Rowing Association to compete this weekend in the Men's Lightweight Varsity 8 at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in Tennessee.

One of Kamiak High School’s own has qualified with the Everett Rowing Association’s Men’s Lightweight 8 for the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships.

Along with 14 other ERA rowers, the team will compete with the top rowers in the country June 7-9 in Oakridge, Tenn.

The team, which includes Kamiak sophomore Ian Ferguson, qualified for nationals by coming in second place – two seconds behind the first place finishers – at the Northwest Regional Championships held on May 19.

Also going to nationals from the ERA in the Men's Lightweight Varsity 8 are: Mitchell Borseth, Tim Shur, Jack Byrne, Ryan Foster, Connor Murray, Andrew Kristjanson, Elliott Forde and Conrad Forde.

“We are very excited for Ian and the ERA crew going to the U.S. National Championship,” said Ian’s dad, Joe Ferguson.

Ferguson pointed out that the lightweight varsity team is comprised of rowers that compete in other divisions and have only been training together for two weeks – not all year.

“The fact that they did so well without the practice together and against teams that have been doing nothing but training together gives a hint at the talent and opportunity they have going into nationals,” he said. “Anything is possible!”

Another student from Kamiak, Samantha Schwisow, a junior, is in ERA’s Women's Lightweight 8 and will be competing at nationals with: Samantha Alexander, Haley Finley, Summer Keyes, Savannah Christensen, Julia Brodie, Kiriko Anthony, Emily O'Hare, Malia Wendling and Jessica Hochanadel.

Also from ERA going to nationals is the Men's Varsity 4:  Amber Cary, Beau Skalley, David Shur, Eric Engel and Griffin Siadak.

Ian’s started rowing in the fall of 2012. He was moved up to varsity this spring, and has competed on both the novice and varsity teams.

“It's his first year of rowing, and he gets to go to nationals, so it’s a big step for him,” Joe Ferguson said.

Ian has been involved in water sports since he was 7 years old, surfing and paddling. He has competed in Hawaii's State Outrigger Canoe champion races and also competes in stand-up paddle races with Team 206.

He’s come in first in his division for the last two years at the annual Round The Rock, a 13-mile stand-up race.

“We didn't do as well as we wanted to at regionals,” Ian Ferguson said. “We placed second, when we were expecting to place first, but it was somewhat expected because we have only been rowing together for two weeks.

“Our boat has been working very hard … to get ready for nationals.”

See more details of the event here: http://www.usrowing.org/Events/YouthNationals.aspx

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