NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Just like their older brothers, New Canaan sisters Claire and Mary Campbell are national rowing champions.
Mary, a senior at New Canaan High School, and Claire, a freshman at New Canaan High School, won the Women’s 2x A final Sunday at USRowing’s Youth National Championships in Rancho Cordova, Calif.
The sisters crushed the competition, winning their race over the 2-kilometer course by more than 10 seconds. Greenwich Crew’s Alex Slabbert and Melissa Curtis finished second.
“I think they showed that they were the strongest team from the very first day of competition,’’ said Yan Vengerovskiy, who coaches the girls out of Maritime Rowing Club in Norwalk. “The final was amazing. They were in control of the race right from the start.”
The Campbell girls reached last year’s national championships and rowed in a quad. Their brothers, Andrew and Charlie, also won national championships for New Canaan Crew. Andrew now competes at Harvard, and Charlie rows for Wisconsin.
“I’ve never had four rowers from one family win national championships,’’ Vengerovskiy said. “They’re all very dedicated to the sport of rowing. It’s not just about participation. It’s about learning to compete and working smart.”
New Canaan narrowly missed a gold medal in the Men’s 4x A Final. New Canaan finished fourth with Blake Lange, David Orner, Andrew Langalis and Pat Salvatore.
New Canaan finished fifth in the Men’s Lightweight 2x B Final with Luca Furst and Nathan Walsh. In the Men’s 2x C Final, Zev Koffsky and Griffin Daniel finished third.
In the Women’s 4x C Final, New Canaan finished first with Lauren Bell, Jenna Froland, Gabriela Kulesz and Caroline Murphy.