Bet you didn’t know Asheville had a rowing club. But it does, and its members recently did well at the 2009 US Rowing Masters National Championship, held August 13-16 on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. Ted Nash and Steve King posted the third-best qualifying time in Men’s Hwt Pair, advancing to the finals for a 6th-place finish. In the Men’s Ltwt C Single, Sam Pedisich came in 4th. In the qualifying heat of the Men’s Club C Four, Nash, King, Pedisich and Brad Colaw placed 4th in the qualifying heat.
This fall, club members will compete in such races as the “Head of Hooch” in Chattanooga, Tenn. The club, an organizational member of US Rowing, was founded in the summer of 2001 by a small group of former rowers and outdoor enthusiasts, now numbering more than 50 members — ages 14 to 70, covering master’s, collegiate and junior women’s programs. The club rows year-round on Lake Julian in south Buncombe County.