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Sewickley Academy freshman Cox values experience at USRowing development camp

| Saturday, July 14, 2018, 12:45 a.m.
Sewickley Academy rower Georgia Cox (middle) takes part in a competition.
Sewickley Academy rower Georgia Cox (middle) takes part in a competition.

Sewickley Academy rising freshman Georgia Cox took a step toward one day making a national rowing team.

Cox, 14, participated in the USRowing Women’s U17 Development June 18-July 9 in Connecticut.

The camp was for young athletes seen as having potential. Cox, a member of the Three Rivers Junior Rowing team on Washington’s Landing, was one of 51 rowers and coxswains invited.

Cox said the camp was very intense, but an amazing opportunity.

“I am very happy to be (a part) of this camp because I know it will help me achieve my goal,” she said.

Three Rivers Junior Rowing coach Matt Grau said Cox engaged in a challenging training plan.

Cox, a former swimmer, placed first in the youth novice girls event over the winter at the Pittsburgh Indoor Rowing Championship. She came in second at the North Allegheny Indoor Rowing Championship.

Quaker Valley departing senior Tessa Kimmy fell just short of making the national team.

Kimmy, a Tennessee recruit, was invited to the first phase of the Women’s U19 Selection/Training Camp in Connecticut. Athletes picked for the second phase will represent the U.S. at the the World Rowing Junior Championships Aug. 8-12, in the Czech Republic.

Quaker Valley rising junior Ben Farnan participated in a U17 Men’s Racing Camp in Oregon.

The camp prepared athletes to compete for a spot on a national team. Campers raced at the club national championships July 11-15 in New Jersey.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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