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Wednesday, August 16 News

Saugatuck Club rowers both medal in Europe

Both Harrison Burke and Kelsey McGinley of Westport medaled in their respective events at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania this past weekend.

Burke was part of the USA men's 8+ crew who lead their race until Germany made a final push, edging them for gold.

The USA men brought home silver for the second year in a row in the event. Last year Burke competed in the 4+ (coxed four) event, taking bronze.

McGinley's USA women's 4- (non-coxed) took the bronze in a tough field with 17 countries fielding crews.

The USA crew beat out surges by Poland and China to take third behind Croatia and Romania. New Zealand rounded out the six boats competing in finals.

USA women brought home bronze in the same event in 2016, with McGinley returning from last year's crew.

The course punctuated by a 15th-century castle on an island in the lake.

Burke and McGinley began the junior national team selection process in mid-June, with McGinley invited to the women's selection camp in New London, Connecticut, and Princeton, New Jersey; and Burke invited to the men's camp in Chula Vista, California.

Both athletes will be seniors at Staples High School this fall.

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