10 San Miguel Academy Rowers Earn Medals at World Rowing Championships

BOSTON, March 5, 2023: Competing in their first ever relay, Ismael Chihuahua, Daniel Conde, Melanie Isidoro, and Aylen Mendez came in first place in the Mixed U15 Relay.  A total of 11 San Miguel Academy boys and girls competed in six events at the C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints World Rowing Championships at the TRACK at New Balance in Boston. Many of the San Miguel Academy Rowers also set personal records in their events. Rowers from around the world, including Ukraine, competed in this annual event.  The oldest competitor was 101 year old Dottie!

In the Men’s U17 Team 2000 meter, Armondo Flores, Ayden Gardia, Francisco Chihuahua, and David Jimenez finished in first place while Ismael Chihuahua, Daniel Conde, Oscar Liendo, and Gustavo Laureano took second.

In the Mens U15 2000 meter, Ismael Chihuahua and Daniel Conde took first and second place.  This was the second gold medal for Ismael in this event, having finished first at the USRowing Indoor National Championships in Atlantic City last month. The team was thrilled to see some familiar faces at the event, including Aquil Abdullah and Teagan Farley. Aquil is an Olympic rower and Board Chair of the A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund, and calling the races today at the C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints World Rowing Championships. Teagan, who rows for Deerfield and visited SMA in December, placed first in the Women’s U17 2000 meter.  Janelli Garcia, SMA Class of 2022 and recipient of the Arshay Cooper Scholarship at Northfield Mount Hermon School, also competed in the Women’s U17 2000 meter.

San Miguel Rowing is among the largest middle school rowing programs in the country, as well as the largest minority rowing program. The rowing program creates access to educational paths that support the mission of San Miguel Program, to break the cycle of poverty through education. It has proven to be significantly beneficial to obtaining continuing educational opportunities for students in both high school and college. The opportunity for San Miguel rowers to train and compete is made possible through the generosity of donors and grants from New York Giants Foundation, A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund, and the Head of the Charles/ Philadelphia Gold Cup Foundation.

San Miguel Rowing competed in its first race in 2021 and less than 12 months later, qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships, finishing first in the U15 division at the Northeast Championships, one of the most competitive divisions in the country. At the National Championships in Sarasota, Florida in June of 2022, the team finished 11th overall.  The team is now working hard to qualify for the 2023 Nationals.