April 25, 2024

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Charlottesville’s Ava Schetlick among nation’s elite in junior rowing

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – The most effective rowers in the globe had been in Tokyo this week, competing in the Olympic Game titles.

3 former UVA rowers manufactured it to the medal stand, as Susanne Grainger (’13) and Christine Roper (’11) took dwelling gold for Canada in the women’s 8, and Hannah Osborne gained silver for New Zealand in the double sculls.

A single of the very best junior rowers in the country could be observed at the Rivanna Reservoir, putting her boat in the drinking water shortly just after dawn.

“I’m absolutely a morning man or woman,” says 16-year-outdated Ava Schetlick. “I never head staying up this early, but yeah, rowers tend to get up really early.”

A solitary scull is all over 27-feet in size, and weighs 30-lbs ..

“The single, it’s gentle, simple,” says Schetlick. “You can have it like a backpack. “

It’s all regime for Schetlick, as she started off rowing when she was 11-a long time-aged.

“My brilliant older brother began rowing a tiny before me,” suggests Schetlick. “He fell in love with the activity, and I made the decision to give it a attempt. Fortunate plenty of, I also fell in like with the sport. It is a beautiful sport, and I absolutely love it.”

Schetlick’s more mature brother, Robby, competes with the Virginia Rowing Affiliation at UVA.

“It’s amazing acquiring the loved ones guidance, but also, I really do not only see him as a brother,” says Ava Schetlick. “I see him as a mentor, a mentor. He’s truthfully been the most effective in this entire procedure.”

This summer time Ava Schetlick was invited to the US Rowing Beneath 19 Women’s National Staff Variety Camp, and she labored with the US Rowing coaches at the Olympic Coaching Heart in California.

Schetlick says, “I bought to contend versus the fastest women in the country. It is just seat racing, and seat racing, and seat racing. Mainly racing all the other men and women there.”

She adopted that up by rowing in the successful boat in quadruple sculls at the U-19 National Championships in New Jersey.

School recruiting is subsequent for the 6-foot-2 soaring junior at St. Anne’s-Belfield.

“Definitely want to be in the fastest boats I can be in, and find a good staff that can match me,” suggests Schetlick. “But I row because I enjoy it, and it is a pleasure to be in a boat, all the time. I row since I love the sport, somewhat than get into college or university, and which is type of the greatest section.”

Ava Schetlick is at this time training for the Head of the Charles Regatta, which will be held in Boston in late Oct.

It is the biggest two-day regatta in the planet, with 11-thousand athletes rowing in 61 functions.

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