Laguna Beach’s Jessica Fritz and Tyler Murphy gave strong performances
and helped guide their respective Newport Aquatic Center junior rowing
teams to high placings at last weekend’s US Rowing Assn.'s Southwest
Regional Championships held at Lake Natoma.
With Fritz in the role of stroke rower, the girls novice quad placed
second to Long Beach on a 2,000-meter course.
The other rowers were Meredith Irby, Claire McKay and Megan Brunette.
The coxswain was Aly Raymer. The novice quad finished in a time of
Murphy was the stroke rower for the girls novice eight team that
placed fourth. Fritz also rowed in the event, as did Irby, Brunette, Dana
Hunt, Corinne Turner, Laurie Dabney and Jamie Horowitz. The coxswain was
Fritz and Murphy are part of a rowing program at Newport Aquatic
Center that is a club sport designed for high school boys and girls who
are interested in learning the Olympic sport of rowing.
The philosophy behind the junior program is to provide a comprehensive
training program that develops an athlete’s muscular and aerobic system
while promoting teammwork, sportsmanship as well as a sense of