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Top prep rowing crews face off
High school regatta takes place this weekend on Lake Lanier
The Orange Coast College rowing team competes in an event during the 2013 American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championships on Lake Lanier. High school students will compete in a similar contest this weekend. - photo by Get Out file photo

High school teams from all across the South will shove off on Lake Lanier this weekend and race for the rowing bragging rights.

The third Southeast Region Junior Rowing Championship Regatta will be Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue in Gainesville. More than 1,600 high school athletes from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee will try to qualify for the US Rowing Youth National Championships. Novice and junior varsity crews also may compete in a full slate heats, semifinals and finals.

The event will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 9, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 10. Spectators may watch for free at Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, in Gainesville. Parking fee is $10.

In two weeks, the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta will be held on Lanier for the fifth straight year. Collegiate rowing teams from more than 55 institutions represented by more than 1,600 athletes from all over the country will compete for honors in individual events as well as overall team trophies.

The regatta will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 24.

A special treat for competitors is four-time Olympic Gold medalist Sir Matthew Pinsent of Great Britain will referee. Pinsent won one of his gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Centennial games, which was held on the Lake Lanier course.

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