The Asheville Youth Rowing Association recently won gold at the second largest rowing race in the U.S. — the Head of the Hooch Regatta.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Men's 1 Varsity 4 boat from Asheville Youth Rowing Association came in first out of 97 boats in their event to win gold at the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Hooch is the second largest rowing regatta in the United States and is thought to be the second largest in the world.  During the weekend event, over 9,000 rowers and coxswains competed in the two day regatta which encompassed 211 rowing clubs from all over the United States with almost 2,200 entries.

This accomplishment means these Asheville rowers were the fastest crew in the United States. 

The Asheville Youth Rowing team members are:

  • Paiton Jacko, coxswain and a sophomore at West Henderson High
  • Chase Verm, stroke seat and a senior at the Asheville Christian Academy
  • Munroe Robinson, 3 seat and a sophomore at Carolina Day School
  • Sam Thornburg, 2 seat and a junior at Asheville High School
  • Max O'Halloran, bow seat and a senior at Asheville High School.

In addition to this stellar accomplishment, Asheville Youth Rowing Association's other boats also did extremely well.

The club program, which draws teens from Buncombe, Transylvania and Polk Counties, entered 17 boats in eleven events and had the following finishes:

  • First place Gold Medal
  • 2 Boats finished in 5th place
  • 3 Boats finished in the top 10
  • 1 Boat finished in the top 15

Overall, 10 boats finished in the top half of their event.

Asheville Youth Rowing Association finished 16th in overall team points out of all the youth programs competing at the Hooch.

The program, which is the only youth rowing program in Western North Carolina, currently has 86 team members.  Three of those members will have signing ceremonies to row in college in the coming weeks.  Four other team members are still being actively recruited to row in college next year. 

Asheville Youth Rowing Association practices out of the Jack Gartner Boathouse at Lake Julian Park.  Their next Learn to Row Class will begin Saturday, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m.

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