Humboldt Bay Rowing Association

Eureka, CA

USRowing Youth National's Petition Accepted


On May 26 USRowing announced that the petition for Isaac Murphy to race at the Youth National Championships was accepted.  He will be representing HBRA and the junior's Southwest region in the men's single on June 10th - 12th on Lake Mercer in New Jersey.


It has been a very fast year for Isaac.  He has been in the single, double, and the quad all year winning races and showing lots of speed and potential.  Despite the good results the championship qualifier did not go down as planed. The quad missed out on qualifying for the heats and the double came in less then 2 seconds behind qualification for the grand finals in a very fast field of competitors.  The single was looking good for a qualification in the heat as he came down rowing very relaxed in position to move on to grand finals.  He felt very confident about his chances having beaten nearly all of the rowers in the grand finals earlier in the year.  The final, however, resulted in Isaac hitting a buoy with one of his oars early in the race causing him to flip his boat.  He was able to quickly re-enter his boat and finish the race, but lost that qualifying spot for Nationals.


Following the advice of several coaches Isaac's bid for National's qualification was petitioned to USRowing on the basis that his speed and results all year demonstrated that he could have qualified if not struck by a bit of bad luck.  "Coaches and rowers kept coming up to me after the race saying that we should petition to get into Nationals.  It really demonstrated how well received Isaac is among the other rowers and coaches.  They all know him, know him to be fast, and felt that he should be representing the region in the men's single," says Coach Scott Gibson.


The petition was filed and today it was announced that he is going to nationals.  Training has not stopped for Isaac and now it is with purpose.  He has been putting in two to three practices a day six days a week as well as dressing heavily in warm clothes to help prepare his body for the high heat and humidity he will experience in New Jersey.


More news and announcement to come on this, as well as links to be able to watch the regatta.



Humboldt Bay Rowing Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing for community members of all ages and abilities. HBRA is located in the Adorni Center and the HSU Boathouse on the Eureka Waterfront. Please call 707.677.3214 for further information.