Three Pilots Medal at National Youth Rowing Meet

SJND via US Rowing -- St. Joseph students Ian Doud (left), Dane Grunt (middle) and Jack Hume (right) all medaled on the Oakland Strokes rowing team in the U.S. Rowing Youth championships.

Three Pilots Medal at National Youth Rowing Meet

St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) students Dane Grunt and Jack Hume and Class of 2022 SJND graduate Ian Doud medaled at the 2022 U.S. Rowing Youth Summer National Championships July 17 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The three Pilots are members of the Oakland Strokes Rowing team.

Thirty-five competitions took place over a three-day stretch from July 15 to 17 on Melton Lake in Oak Ridge.

Grunt and his team won the gold medal in the men’s youth 4- (a shell having four rowers with one oar each for a total of four oars and no coxswain) “straight four” race. The team finished the 2,000-meter race with a time of 6:57.21. The Strokes team trailed second place finisher Belen Jesuit for about half the race. At the 1,000-meter mark the Oakland Strokes crew took the lead. Both teams went back and forth, but with 250 meters left the Strokes distanced themselves from the rest of the participants. Belen Jesuit finished with a time of 7:00.07, while Penn AC finished third at 7:00.98.

Doud and Hume, a rising junior, won the silver medal in the men’s youth 4x (a shell having four rowers with two oars each for a total of 8 oars) quad race. The pair, along with their two teammates, finished the 2,000-meter race with a time of 6:36.56. The Maritime Rowing Club of Norwalk, Ct. won the race with a time of 6:27.78. There were six teams in the final race.

About 1,200 athletes and 717 boats from 56 different programs competed in the three-day event. The preliminary rounds took place on Friday, July 15. More than 40 different teams competed in several of the 35 preliminary races. About 12 to 18 teams advanced to the semifinals on Saturday, July 16. Then, the top six teams in the semifinal races advanced to the finals on July 17.

Doud will continue to row competitively next year at Boston University.