MERCER LAKE, NJ - Summit High School senior Kate Klaschka has qualified -- along with her teammate Stephanie Senatore of Hunterton Central High School -- for the U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals in Sarasota, FL, June 9 - 12. Klaschka and Senatore took first place at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in the Varsity Pair competition.

Klaschka, who will attend the University of Michigan in the fall, and Senatore's qualification was one of four Mountain Lakes Rowing Club (MLRC) boats qualifying for Nationals, with a total of 25 MLRC athletes heading to the Sunshine State.

To qualify for Nationals, boats had to place in the top three times in their Mid-Atlantic Regionals, which featured  nearly 50 teams featuring 400 entries ranging from New Jersey to Virginia. Other qualifying races for eight regions are held across the country in May. 

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Also qualifying for Nationals were Hilltopper junior Serena Chmelar, who is the coxswain on the Varsity 8+ boat, and Summit resident Jack Morton, a student at the Delbarton School.

Other area rowers qualifying included:

Banks Grissett (Mendham HS), Cal Brady (Morristown HS), Adam Byrdak (Morris Hills HS), Kevin Ruehle (Mountain Lakes HS), Olin Witt (Mountain Lakes HS), Marcus Wolkenstein (Mountain Lakes HS), and Matt Donnelly (Delbarton School).   

Mountain Lakes Rowing Club's home base is Lee’s Marina on Lake Hopatcong where the team christened a new boathouse and exercise facility this past fall. The Club was established 10 years ago and has quickly grown into one of New Jersey’s most competitive junior rowing programs. Many rowers graduate the program and continue at the collegiate level. The MLRC's alumni have gone on to compete at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, Michigan, MIT, Penn, Princeton, Texas, UC Berkley, UCLA, USC, and Yale among other schools.

For ;more information, visit mlrowing.org.