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Dallas United Crew - Drake Deuel competing on 2016

Drake Deuel, a 17-year-old from Dallas, Texas was crowned the World Indoor Junior Lightweight 2K Rowing Champion on February 28th at the C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston.  Deuel, a high school junior who rows with Dallas United Crew, beat out more than 230 rowers from around the world with a time of 6:19:9. With just 3 years of rowing under his belt, he also holds the world record for the Junior Men’s Lightweight Indoor 10k. Deuel is among the fastest in his division in the world and is a top recruit for collegiate rowing programs throughout the country.

 “It is very impressive for a boy of his age and training experience to row 2,000 meter (2K) speeds under 6:20; something not even some collegiate athletes are able to obtain,” said his coach, Randy Dam.

 “I was just pleased to have met my own personal goal and to see that the past few months of hard training have paid off. My goal for the short term is to help the team to have the best possible showing at Youth Nationals in June,” says Drake.

Deuel rows with Dallas United Crew, a 501(c) 3 non-profit rowing organization based on White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas. Dallas United Crew offers a variety of rowing and dragon boating programs for people of all ages and abilities. Currently, Dallas United Crew has approximately 700 rowers annually from across the Dallas Metroplex who participate in six rowing programs ranging from youth and adult rowing programs, competitive teams, adaptive rowing and youth outreach programs along with kayaking and dragon boating programs. Dallas United Crew is the first rowing organization in Dallas to have a dragon boat team for breast cancer survivors and a program for disabled veterans.

  About Dallas United Crew

Dallas United Crew’s mission is to transform lives and build a community. DUC offers a variety of rowing and dragon boating programs for adults and youth age 11+ on White Rock Lake located in East Dallas. 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




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