May 23, 2013
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (SMU) - Four of SMU's incoming rowers for the 2013-14 season have qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships, which will take place June 7-9 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Savannah Moody, representing Long Beach Junior Rowing, and Brittany Courteau from Culver Academy will compete against one another in the 4x. Sydney Severson and Katrina Kerrigan, who both row for the Bainbridge Island Rowing Club, will race in the 8+.
Moody's team took first at their regional event to make it to nationals. Moody also led the varsity 8+ that placed 26th out 85 crews at the 2012 Head of the Charles in Boston.
Courteau has had a very successful season, winning each of her four varsity 4x events. Their most recent victory at the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association in Nashport, Ohio acted as redemption as the group placed second in the same event in a controversial finish the season before. Courteau is the captain of the squad.
Courteau is thrilled to be joined by fellow future Mustangs at nationals, even if she has to compete against them for now.
"Savannah Moody told me that she too qualified for nationals in this race," Courteau said. "I'm not sure if I'm excited or scared for this to happen, but regardless, it's pretty cool to know that I'm going to see future teammates at nationals."
Severson and Kerrigan qualified by placing second in their region, two seconds behind the first-place crew.
The three-day USRowing Youth National Championships will take place at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.