Lewis to compete for chance at national title

Rowing for a national championship is not necessarily something that one dreams about as a youngster growing up in Brady. But for Stanley Lewis, a 2004 Brady High graduate, that is exactly what he will be doing later this week at an invitational regatta in New York. Lewis will be competing as part of Texas Crew in the 2007 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s National Invitational Championship Regatta for a chance at a national rowing title. The regatta is being held in Whitney Point, NY., on May 12-13. Texas Crew is an independently funded organization representing the University of Texas. Lewis began rowing for Texas Crew in September after an extensive tryout. Over 100 men tried out and only 16 made the crew. Texas Crew practices six days a week at 5:15 a.m on Town Lake in Austin. Lewis will be competing at ECAC in the Men’s Novice Eight category. Other members of the boat are Chris Berg of Galveston, Daniel Eaddy of Lakeway, Kenny Evans of Sugar Land, Justin Morrow of Houston, Greg Raaberg of Austin, Bret Rycroft of Toronto, Canada, and Charles Weaver of South Lyon, Michigan. The coxswain is Hayley Whitcomb of Highland Park. In March, the eight-man boat competed at the Heart of Texas Regatta in Austin finishing with the gold. Lewis also finished with the gold in the four-man race. In April, the boat traveled to Oak Ridge, Tenn., for the John Hunter Regatta, winning two silvers. Two weeks later in Oak Ridge at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta, the boat finished fifth and was accepted to compete at ECAC. Stanley is the son of Royce and Mary Beth Lewis, grandparents J.B. and Dwan Lewis, and Paul Stanley, all of Brady.

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