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Stamford’s Tanner Polo Qualifies for National Rowing Championships

Gold medal Men's Varstity LtWt 4+ (from left) Patrick Lyon, James Koenigsberg, Luke Goodwin, Tanner Polo, and Joe Blake
Gold medal Men's Varstity LtWt 4+ (from left) Patrick Lyon, James Koenigsberg, Luke Goodwin, Tanner Polo, and Joe Blake

Stamford rower Tanner Polo is among the ten athletes from Norwalk River Rowing who qualified for the US Rowing Youth National Championships in Sacramento California.  Norwalk River Rowing qualified five boats for the National Championships at this last week-end’s US Rowing Northeast District Youth Championship Regatta in Lowell, Massachusetts. 

Thirty-five of the northeast’s top rowing clubs had 395 boats entered at this regatta.  Norwalk qualified 14 of its 25 entries for the finals, which were held Sunday afternoon.  A medal in a first varsity event brought with it an automatic invitation to the US Rowing Youth National Championships near Sacramento beginning June 13. 

At the end of the day, Norwalk River Rowing had six medals, winning gold medals in the men’s youth varsity single, men’s youth varsity pair and men’s youth lightweight four plus coxswain, silver medals in the men’s youth lightweight double and men’s youth second varsity quad, and a bronze medal in the men’s youth varsity quad.  All of the medaling boats except the second varsity quad – ten athletes in all – are headed to Sacramento California for the National Championships. 

Stamford’s Tanner Polo rowed to a gold-winning finish in the men’s lightweight four plus coxswain, adding to his spring medal collection.  At the Mercer Cup regatta last month Tanner won a gold medal in the lightweight four plus coxswain as well as silver medals in the lightweight double and quad.  Polo also won a silver medal in the lightweight four plus coxswain at the Cooper Cup a week later.  Polo is a junior at a junior at the Academy of Information, Technology and Engineering in Stamford

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