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Elevated Performances in Mexico City at the 2015 CanAmMex Regatta

Elevated Performances in Mexico City at the 2015 CanAmMex Regatta

PRINCETON, N.J. – There were definitely obstacles to overcome for the twenty-eight USRowing development junior athletes who competed at the 2015 CanAmMex Regatta in Mexico City this weekend, not the least of which was adjusting to racing at altitude.

At least three junior men passed out in their boats while leading in their events on the first day, but in the end the U.S. squad took wins in men’s and women’s fours, the men’s quadruple sculls and the men’s and women’s eights, and finished second in total points.

Canada won with 104 points. The U.S. scored 99 and Mexico ended with 91.

“I thought it was just a great experience for these age eligible athletes,” said Steve Hargis, USRowing Junior National Team Development Coach. “The Mexican federation did a great job and created a great environment. We stayed at the Olympic training center in Mexico City and we had a chance to race on the former Olympic racecourse. The hospitality was just fantastic.”

The eight-day regatta was held on the 1968 Olympic venue in Virgilio Uribe and featured racing in sculling and sweep events among teams from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The Virgilio Uribe course is an artificial venue that was built for the rowing and canoeing competitions in the 1968 Olympics. Racing was contested in 12 events including the men’s and women’s youth single sculls, men’s and women’s youth double sculls, men’s and women’s youth pair, men’s and women’s youth quadruple sculls, men’s and women’s youth four with coxswain and men’s and women’s youth eight.

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Below is a slideshow of a portion of the photos taken from the 2015 CanAmMex Regatta. To view the entire collection, check out our Flickr site!