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Mercer Island rowers headed to nationals | Sports brief
Eight members of the Mount Baker Junior Crew program from Mercer Island will be heading to the national championships in Tennessee this month.
Charlie Gardner and Alex Ihle both row with the boys varsity 8 boat, while Nina Lepp, Kari Johnson, Anika Christofferson and Riley MacAulay row with the girls varsity 8 and Abby Elggren and Nola Peshkin row with the girls lightweight 8 boat.
The team earned spots in the Youth National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. after qualifying in the Northwest Jurnior Regional Championship Regatta. The boys varsity 8 boat won the regional championship, and will make their third straight trip to nationals.
The girls varsity lightweight 8 boat qualified after taking third at regionals. This is the sixth consecutive year Mt. Baker Rowing is sending a girls lightweight boat to nationals.
The Youth National Championships are comprised over more than 1,500 athletes from around the country. A total of 27 Mount Baker athletes will be attending.