Local rowing organizations hammer it out at Pellissippi Indoor Sprints

Freezing temperatures prevent traditional on-the-water rowing competitions this time of year. So to heat things up, two area rowing organizations brought hammers and ergs to compete indoors.

On February 13, East Tennessee Rowing Organization (ETRO) finished winter training with a friendly erg competition at the first Pellissippi Indoor Sprints held at the Oak Ridge Rowing Association (ORRA) boathouse.

Members of ETRO and Atomic Rowing competed side by side on indoor rowing ergometers or ergs, which simulate on-the-water rowing movements. Top finishers with the quickest time in each category were presented with an unusual hammer trophy.

Traditionally, winter training ends the last weekend of January at the Tennessee Indoor Championships in Chattanooga. Unfortunately, inclement weather prevented the teams from attending this year. To provide their members with a competitive and fun event for winter training, coaches from ETRO and Atomic Rowing organized the Pellissippi Indoor Sprints.

ETRO took the title in the Junior Women’s Coxswain 500 Dash and earned second place finishes in the Junior Men Varsity and Junior Men Novice events.

Both ETRO and Atomic Rowing are accepting new members between 13 and 18 years of age. These two quality youth programs are located in the Knoxville metro area and plan to keep registration open until March 1st. No experience or equipment is required to join either team.

ETRO is located in Louisville, Tenn. and offers recreational and competitive rowing programs for men and women of all ages with a focus on personal and athletic development. For more information about rowing with ETRO or Atomic Rowing, visit the organizations at www.igetrowing.com and www.orra.org/youth.

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