The World Indoor Rowing Championships at the CRASH-B Sprints looked a bit different at the Agganis Arena in Boston this year: For the first time, competitors raced on the black Model D. While the Model D functions exactly the same in both light gray and black, sometimes it is just that hint of something different—or superstition—that helps athletes row to personal bests and world records.
Erg color aside, there were some impressive world record races on Sunday:
Christine Cavallo, Women 13–18 Lightweight, 7:05.7
Charles Hamlin, Men 65–69, 6:40.3
Jeanne Daprano, Women 75–79 Lightweight, 8:48.4
Dean Smith, Men 85–89, 8:10.5
Caroline MacDonald, Adaptive Women Arms–Shoulders, 4:32.2
Ninety-five year old Paul Randall, of Elkhart, Indiana, was the oldest competitor of the day, making his CRASH-B comeback after a few years. He rowed an 11:20.7 to a cheering crowd. For full coverage, visit our World Indoor Rowing Championships page for results, replays, photographs and more.
Now that the CRASH-B Sprints are over, on-water rowers are watching their local rivers and lakes thaw, eager to head back outdoors for spring training. The challenge now is to translate speed gained indoors into efficient strokes and boat speed. We wish all the crews best of luck as they head into their competitive seasons!