Athletics News

Tampa Prep Rowers Participate in World Rowing Championships

By: Head Coach Kelsey Franks

Tampa Prep's very own Jake Adkins was selected as a member of the Southeast Regional team for the USRowing regional race. He competed with the best in the nation on the World Championships course at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.

This was the first time since 1994 that the World Rowing Championships has been held in the United States. To celebrate, USRowing held a regional race for high school rowers with teams made up of participants from five different regions of the country and Jake was chosen to compete.

During the first day of competition, Jake's boat finished fourth in their race, with the Midwest clinching the title.

"It was a great experience," Jake said about the races. "Especially getting to know all of the top junior guys in the area and now knowing the guys we're racing against this year. Also, getting to compete alongside some of the best athletes in the world was an experience I'll never forget."

Senior Jake A. racing in three seat, at the Youth Regional Challenge at the World Championships.

Along with the regional challenge, ten teams from the Florida State Rowing Association were chosen to have a teammate represent their school at medal carrier during the final weekend of World Championships. Tampa Prep was chosen and sent senior team captain, Connor Stec, who was selected to hand out medals on the final day of racing.

Connor never thought he would be so lucky to hand out silver medals to the USA Men's 8+. This was the highest they have finished on the world stage in twelve years. Connor also awarded the USA Women's two medals, after ranking for the first time in twenty-seven years.

"Getting to be so close to the greatest rowers in the world nowadays was mind-boggling," Connor reflected about his experience. "I think it should serve as an inspiration going forward. They were all so humble in victory but the months and years they put in showed...I think that's a standard to aspire to." Our team was so lucky to be part of this amazing week of World Rowing!

Senior Connor S. carrying the silver medals to the US Men's 8