Several local athletes turned in banner performances at the 111th IRA National Championship Regatta on June 1 and 2 in Sacramento, Calif.

Washington University senior Seamus Labrum, a Holy Spirit High School graduate, helped the Huskies' varsity-eight boat to a first-place finish.

In July, Labrum will coxswain the varsity eight boat in the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta on July 3-7.

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Labrum is one of three local rowers to be invited to the tryouts for the under-23 national team, which will compete at the World Rowing U-23 Championships in Linz, Austria., on July 24-28.

Also invited to the tryout are the Naval Academy's Ted Baumgarder (St. Augustine Prep) and Boston University's Matt Given (Holy Spirit).

Baumgardner was the captain of the Naval Academy's varsity-eight boat, which finished ninth overall at the IRA regatta. Given helped Boston's second varsity-eight finish fifth in its race.

Kyle Erlandson (Egg Harbor Township) rowed on the Northeastern varsity-eight boat that took fourth place and received the Most Improved Trophy Award.

Tom Lindeman (St. Augustine) rowed on Princeton's sixth-place boat. Ryan Anthony (St. Augustine) helped Cornell's boat to an 11th-place finish.

University of Penn's Matt McPeak (St. Augustine) and Jim Senese (Holy Spirit) finished 13th.

Also in the varsity-eight race was Drexel, which placed 20th and featured Marc Smith, Kurt Linton, Mike Faust and Casimir Czworkowski - all from St. Augustine.

Frank Agli (Absegami) helped Naval Academy's varsity four to a fifth-place finish.

Drexel's freshman eight, featuring Dan Dolan (Holy Spirit) finished 12th.


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