About two months ago, the girls of Atomic Rowingâ€™s youth team came to Shannon Moore, their coach, and said they wanted to go to the national championship race. Now, theyâ€™ve won the gold medal at regionals and are set to race at youth nationals in Sacramento, California, on June 21.
Since winning gold at regionals, in Florida earlier this month, they have been practicing six days a week. Moore said the team of girls, ranging from eighth to 10th grades, are hungry for a national championship title.
â€œTheyâ€™re just determined,â€ said Moore, who started coaching the team in October of last year. She has been coaching professionally since 1998 and was even the assistant coach for Ivy League rowing at Columbia University in New York City. Now though, she thinks sheâ€™s found her niche with the juniors team here in Oak Ridge. [Read more…]