Winnetka, Ill. - Two New Trier rowers competed in an international race this summer, bringing home gold and quite the experience.
Peter Chatain and Galen Quinn were selected for High Performance Camp, along with 42 other rowers and coxswains from around the United States. At the camp, the top 13 athletes were chosen for the CanAmMex Regatta, an elite race against the U.S., Mexico and Canada junior teams held in Sarasota, Fla.
After three weeks of intense camp training, Chatain and Quinn were selected to race at the regatta. They flew out to Florida and trained in Sarasota until the race on July 10-18 at Nathan Benderson Park.
During the regatta, the two Trevians raced in the eight-man U.S. boat and won gold. The four-man boat, which Chatain was also in, got second place by one second. Quinn also got fourth place in the two-man boat.
"The experience of training in an elite environment with global competition was a great opportunity that gave me a taste of possibly representing team USA in the future," Quinn said.
"It was awesome to get a piece of international racing to help get us prepared for Junior World Championships in Lithuania next year," Chatain added.
Back in Winnetka, their coach, Nate Kelp-Lenane, couldn't have been more proud.
"I was impressed," he said. "I think they were focused on the race and the times they put in in practice. I think they are both tremendous athletes. The exposure to this level of racing made both of them humble. They are on a new level of work. I see fire in both of them, especially for our next season."
New Trier rowers Griffin Dunne and Duncan Healey were also selected to attend the High Performance Camp, but were not chosen to compete at the regatta.