Local rowers qualify for finals at Junior World Championships

Palo Alto grad Clay Watson and Sacred Heart Prep grad Trey Holterman help U.S. qualify two boats to the finals

Palo Alto High grad Clay Watson and Sacred Heart Prep grad Trey Holterman have a lot of idle time on their hands at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.

That's because both members of the U.S. contingent were on boats Thursday that took the direct route to Sunday's final.

Watson was part of the men's four with coxswain that won the second heat of the preliminary round, sending the team directly to the finals along with Italy, Sweden and Germany.

Holterman was part of the men's eights that placed second in their heat of the preliminary round, enough to send the boat directly into the finals along with Germany, Great Britain and Italy.

Watson, who finished second in the men's pair at last year's Youth National Championships, is joined by Ryan Williams, Oliver Babb, Peter Chatain and Clark Dean, who also raced in the men's singles.

Watson, who graduated in June, will be attending Columbia, where he will also compete in rowing. He began with NorCal Crew four years ago.

In coxed four, the U.S. grabbed an early lead over Germany and held on throughout the race, taking the heat with a time of 6:24.76.

"We had a rough starting sequence, but once we got into our high strokes, we pulled away quickly. From then on, it was nice to hold control of the race," Chatain told USRowing. "We were happy to represent the U.S. well."

Dean, the veteran of the crew, is doubling in two events at the championships. He won his heat in the men's single sculls yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals.

In men's eight, Holterman, part of the U.S. silver medal effort from last year's championships, was joined by Sydney Edwards, Chase Barrows, Nolan Parks, Harrison Burke, Spencer Brennessel, Nikita Lilichenko, Christian Tabash and Spencer Dettlinger.

Holterman, who will be a freshman at Stanford in the fall, helped the Americans finish .68 seconds behind Germany in the first heat, recording a time of 5:48.72.

Holterman also won silver in the pair at last year's Youth National Championships.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USRowing

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