Sarasota Crew impresses on world stage


LITHUANIA – It’s the World Rowing Junior Championships that has Sarasota Crew Members rowing in Lithuanian.

Sarasota’s Clark Dean is a world champion after winning the single scull event at the championships.

Dean rowing the 2,000 meters on Lake Galve in seven minutes. Dean’s boat crossed the finish line three full seconds before the German boat. The last time a U.S. Rower won gold in the singles scull at the junior event was way back in 1967.

Dean wasn’t the only Sarasota Crew member in the spotlight this weekend. Sydney Edwards is the first woman to ever cox a men’s boat at the world championship level. That means Sydney is the first girl to lead a men’s racing boat at this level. Her men’s 8 boat took silver.

Other winners this weekend include 15-year-old Julia Braz, she placed seventh in the world winning the “B” final in the women’s eight. Harry Schofield playing 16th in the junior men’s four.

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Lynden Blake
Lynden Blake is an Auburn University graduate with a degree in journalism. As an aspiring sportscaster she has worked in many media outlets. She’s currently a news and sports reporter for Suncoast News Network in Sarasota, Florida. Previously she interned for Fox Sports Florida where she worked with the production team during Tampa Bay Rays games and freelanced for covering the Miami Heat during the 2015 NBA Summer League. She shadowed at WRBL News 3 in Columbus, Ga. her last semester in Auburn. Previously, she was a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. and did many television and radio gigs for Sportz Blitz and AHSAA Radio Network. As a Tigerette at Auburn she hosted the nation’s top football prospects on game-day visits and official visits during the off season. She has always had passion for sports as she was a three-sport athlete in high school playing softball and basketball and cheering for Benjamin Russell High School.