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Oleshansky rules in rowing

Bryna Oleshansky, a junior at Bearden High School (above), has been selected as one of 50 female high school athletes nationwide to participate in the USRowing women’s junior selection team.

Now in her fourth year of rowing with Oak Ridge Rowing Association’s Atomic youth program, Oleshansky, 16, sits in seat No. 6 in Atomic women’s varsity eight-person boat.

“Bryna is the first female athlete from the Oak Ridge program to be selected to a national-level team in over 10 years, which is huge in itself,” said Allen Eubanks, Atomic head coach. “Bryna is probably one of the top athletes that I have had the privilege to work with. ... Bryna has placed herself into a position to be one of the top recruits in the nation for the 2010 class.”

In 2008, at age 16, Bryna placed eighth in the World Indoor Rowing Championship in Boston Mass., with a time of 7:20.0 for 2,000-meters. Then she was selected to participate in the USRowing Under-16 development camp, where Bryna placed third in women’s junior eight-boat event and first in the women’s junior-B eight-boat event at the USRowing Club National Regatta in Camden, N.J.

This year, Bryna has captured the title of Atomic Erg Queen by posting a time of 7:11.8, which is the fastest 2,000 Rowing Machine time in the 30-year history of the club for a female junior athlete.

When asked about her accomplishment, Bryna said, “I am really excited for this chance to work with national-level coaches and athletes and compete internationally. I hope to improve my rowing skills and bring what I learn back to my team here in Oak Ridge.

“When I started six years ago, I remember how hard rowing was and that I told my parents that I didn’t like rowing, but rowing has really changed my life, given me great friends, and opened opportunities that I wouldn’t have had in other sports. I’m really glad I have stayed with it.”


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