Newport Rowing Club pair Patrick Beane and Nathan Smith placed sixth in the Grand Finals of the USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta in Oak Ridge, Tenn.


Newport Rowing Club pair Patrick Beane and Nathan Smith placed sixth in the Grand Finals of the USRowing Youth National Championship Regatta in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Smith and Beane executed the four 2000 meter races with the skill, patience and maturity that competition at the highest levels requires.

“It was very exciting to be apart of this year’s event, because of how long we had to wait to get there,” said Beane, who is a junior at Salesianum School.

Smith, who is a sophomore at Unionville High School (Pa.), agrees with his rowing mate.

“It was an amazing experience,” Smith said of the regatta, which ran June 10-12. “The competition was fierce and by the end of the regatta it left me wanting more.”

When asked why they didn’t finish higher in the race, Beane said “Nothing really went wrong. It’s just, we weren’t strong enough. We don’t have the strength and overall speed that the top competitors had.”

Nonetheless, their head coach, John Cohn, was impressed with the boys.

“They performed beyond my expectations, and I couldn’t be prouder,” Cohn said. “I can’t help but look forward to next year and the chance of building upon their performance from this year.”

Despite falling short, the boys advanced to the national championship because they both have a strong work ethnic and good technique, said Beane, who lives in Edgewood.

“When you’re rowing on the water, you can be the strongest person out there,” he said. “But if you don’t have the right technique, you will always lose.”

Prior to joining the NRC, which was founded last August, Smith and Beane were members of the Wilmington Youth Rowing Association. Two years ago, when they first paired up, Beane said he and Smith made an instant connection.

“When we started rowing in the boat, it just worked,” he said.

Beane, who is a little leaner than Smith, enjoys rowing because it allows him to “move a giant, heavy boat through the water,” he said. “It’s just a cool feeling.”

Looking forward, both boys are excited about the opportunity to return to the national championship, and Beane thinks their chances of making it back are “very high,” he said.

Smith is also confident in their abilities.

“After a little break, I’m looking forward to getting back in the boat and to begin training for a chance to [win a] medal next year,” Smith said.