The US Rowing Youth National Championships will welcome fourteen high school rowers from Delaware at its California competition next month. The Wilmington Youth Rowing Association (WYRA) will send a women’s varsity eight-person team with coxswain for the second year in a row and a men’s varsity lightweight four with coxswain for the first time in four years.
Students hail from schools through the state, including Wilmington Friends, St. Mark’s, Delaware Military Academy, Newark High, Archmere, Padua, Tower Hill and Charter, as well as The Tome School (MD) and Avon Grove Charter (PA).
WYRA’s competitive crew is a composite program made up of public, private and parochial school athletes from Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, northeastern Maryland and southern New Jersey. Founded in 1989, WYRA is now in its 25th year and boasts the winningest junior program in Wilmington. The club has served thousands of families and coached many to go on to row in top collegiate programs.
As a non-profit, WYRA strives to make sure that any student who wishes to participate in and learn the sport of rowing is able to, providing partial and full scholarship opportunities to those in need of assistance. Anyone interested in learning more about participating or donating to the program is encouraged to visit them online at www.wyra.org.