“Everyone wants to push each other in practice,” said Meskan. “It’s fun to work hard and compete.”
The amazing success of the local program seems to be getting a little more amazing with each passing year.
The Sarasota Girls Quad Victory marked the seventh consecutive year that Y Quad Cities won the gold medal at the event. The streak started in 2014 and was only interrupted last year when the regatta was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We see what the girls have done before us and it’s’ OK, we have to keep that tradition going and be the boat that continues this trend, ” ” Saunders said.
This time the QC team got into a second boat and this group – consisting of Liz Weber, Emma Wistuba, Sophia Ramaraju and Ela Ersan – won the silver medal.
All the more impressive is the fact that this year’s success was accompanied by a completely new line-up of rowers. The quartet, which won gold in 2019, are now competing at the college level for Duke, Stanford, Michigan and Iowa.
“I was definitely nervous because I know the girls who were on the other quads and I really look up to them,” said Satterfield. “I just wanted to continue this series that they have.”
At the Midwest Rowing Championships in Bethel, Ohio, in May, the Y Quad Cities team not only won the girls’ quad, but also clinched gold medals in every competition it entered, surpassing the team’s standard of 2018.