The Y Quad Cities Junior Rowing Team claimed a national title last weekend in Sarasota, Fla.

Taylor English, Brenna Morley, Delaney Evans and Emma Mask had the fastest time in the girls Quadruple sculls team time trial and won their semifinal to advance to Sunday’s six boat grand final.

In fast tailwind conditions, the quartet gained an early lead and secured a 10-second margin win over the runner-ups from Redwood Scullers (California). Their time of 6:44.3 was just off their team record set in the 2017 Youth Nationals final and extended their record streak of national titles to six.

All four girls attend Pleasant Valley High School. The USRowing Youth National Championship featured over 1,500 athletes from 151 clubs and high schools that competed in 2,000 meter races.

Evans and English also won the Girls Double Sculls event for a second straight year, finishing over 5 seconds ahead of the second place finishers from the Olympia Area in Washington. With the win, Evans and English advanced to the U.S. Junior National Team Trials in July where a victory would earn them a trip to the Junior World Championships in Toyko – on the same course that will be used for the 2020 Olympics.

Other Y athletes with top 20 finishes at the Sarasota regatta were Ella Saunders and Stella Warren (8th in double sculls); Ava Satterfield and Kyra Vanderweele (10th in lightweight double sculls); Tristan Wakefield and William Sharis (11th in double sculls); and Keval Wagher and Nikhil Romaraju (18th in lightweight double sculls).

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River Bandits

Midwest League All-Star Game: Quad Cities River Bandits pitchers Brett Daniels and Humberto Castellanos have been added to the Western Division roster. The right-handed pair takes the roster spots that opened when the Bandits' Austin Hansen and Wisconsin’s Aaron Ashby were promoted to the Advanced-A level. The two additions join QC teammates Jeremy Pena, Austin Dennis, Cesar Salazar, Trey Dawson, and Matt Ruppenthal at the Midwest League All-Star Game in South Bend on June 18.

Daniels, a 2018 17th round draft pick out of the University of North Carolina, currently owns a 3-3 record and 1.72 earned run average. He has allowed just 7 runs on 31 hits through his first 36.2 innings of the season while striking out 40. The 23-year old has surrendered just one run in his last 13.1 innings and recorded a career-high nine strikeouts in his last appearance.

Castellanos was signed as an international free agent from Mexico in 2015. He has appeared in 13 games out of the River Bandits bullpen this season and is 3-0 with a 3.31 ERA. In 35.1 inning he has fanned 44 opposing hitters while walking just 6. Castellanos has allowed just 2 earned runs over the last 11.2 innings.

Local running

Bix at 6 cancelled: Due to downtown Davenport flooding, tonight's first Bix at 6 training run has been cancelled in consideration for the safety of participating runners and walkers. Three training runs remain: June 20, 27 and July 11. The Bix at 6 runs start at 6 p.m. on 4th & Le Claire Streets and are free for all registered participants. The Brady Street Sprints time trials are at 7 pm on June 20, 27 and July 11 at 5th & Pershing Streets.


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