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@GonzagaRowing’s Joe Johnson ’17 Sets US Record, Wins C.R.A.S.H.-Bs
Joseph Johnson ’17 has been busy and successful on the indoor rowing circuit this winter. On February 4th at the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints in Alexandria, Joe broke the American 2,000 meter rowing ergometer record for 17 and 18-year-olds by finishing in 5:58.0. The previous record was set in 2006.
On February 12th in Boston, Joe won the junior heavyweight event at the C.R.A.S.H.-B World Indoor Rowing Championships. Joe’s victory follows his second-place finish at last year’s event, when his fellow Gonzaga teammate, Christian Tabash ’17, finished first by .7 seconds. Joe and the rest of the Gonzaga Rowing Program kick off the season against B.C.C. and DeMatha on April 1st.
“I’ve heard this tossed around a lot today, that this is a difficult venue to perform at,” said Johnson after the race. “I don’t really put much credence into that, but I gave it a little bit today. I PR’d on the erg last week, but it just felt a little heavy this week. I knew I had some very, very fast finishers behind me. So, even if I was ahead, I was worried that they might spring back, just because of the nature of the beast.”