Dallas, February 24, 2017 – Dallas United Crew (DUC) is proud to announce its rowers have had a strong start to the 2017 spring season, taking home top placements at all three of this year’s opening competitions. Four High School teams placed first at the Austin Invitational Regatta, two Varsity Men competed at the C.R.A.S.H.-b Sprints – World Indoor Rowing Championships, and multiple athletes of all ages medaled at the Southwest Ergometer Amateur Tournament (S.W.E.A.T.) in Dallas. DUC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit rowing organization based on White Rock Lake that has programs for people of all ages and abilities.
Most recently, DUC Varsity rowers raced on February 19th in the Austin Invitational Regatta in Austin, Texas. Rowers from across the state of Texas and as far as Chicago traveled to compete. DUC had six boats finish in the top 3 with four crossing the finish line in first place.
- 1st Place - Varsity Men’s 8+, Junior Varsity Men’s 8+, Varsity Lightweight Men’s 8+, 2nd Varsity Women’s 4+
- 2nd Place - Varsity Lightweight Women’s 8+
- 3rd Place – Varsity Women’s 8+
Two DUC Varsity men qualified to compete in the prestigious C.R.A.S.H.-b Sprints – World Indoor Rowing Championships on February 12th at the Agganis Arena, Boston University. Drake Deuel, a senior and five-time world record holder in the ergometer 2,000 meter race, finished with the fastest time in the lightweight event and Eric Martin came home with the bronze medal in the men’s open weight event.
Earlier in February, DUC competed at the Southwest Ergometer Amateur Tournament (S.W.E.A.T.) on February 4th in Dallas. DUC had a strong showing across all its programs with a total of 13 medals (six gold, three silver, and four bronze) in the Masters (adult), Adaptive Masters, Middle School and Juniors divisions.
S.W.E.A.T. is the southwest regional qualifier for the C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships. The all-day indoor rowing event comprised of more than 500 rowers from 34 high school and club teams from across the Southwest competing in a 2,000 meter race.
DUC claimed the top two spots in the highly competitive Junior Men’s division, with the gold medal for Drake Deuel and the silver for Eric Martin.
In the High School Freshman Lightweight division, DUC brought home two medals: Anders Ekstrom took the gold in the Men’s event, while Georgia Wellborn earned silver in the Women’s. Walt Cory and Mimi Wellborn each earned a gold medal in the Junior Lightweight division in Men’s and Women’s, respectively.
DUC competitors in the Masters division brought home two bronze medals in their first racing experience: Lisa Miller in the Women’s 50-59 and Chuck Mueller in the Men’s 60-69. And military veteran John Fay—who also competed for his first time—won the bronze medal in the Adaptive Masters division.
DUC also was well represented by its newest set of rowers. Middle School participants earned four medals: Nik Knapp brought home the gold medal in the men’s event; Justin Rigg earned the bronze; Bella Tiscareno and Kate Burkhart won gold and silver, respectively, in the women’s division.
About Dallas United Crew
Dallas United Crew’s mission is to transform lives and build community through outreach. DUC offers a variety of rowing and dragon boating programs for adults including Veterans adaptive rowing 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 www.dallasunitedcrew.org.