Scheck Hillel Community School student Samuel Merenfeld earned second place in the Florida Scholastic Rowing Association (FSRA) 2019 State Sculling and Sweep Championship, in Sarasota, FL. His winnings were in the category of “Boys Freshman Double” for the sculling competition and varsity “boys lightweight 4+” for the sweep championship.
Youth rowing is becoming quite popular and growing exponentially in the state, but Samuel actually became interested in the unique sport after spending years watching his older brother train and compete at many rowing regattas. He then witnessed his sibling earn a spot on the prestigious crew team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The Class of ’22 Scheck Hillel student seems to be following his brother’s lead one stroke at a time. In 2018/2019, as a freshman, Samuel was chosen to row at varsity level at the Miami Beach Rowing Club. He and his teammates placed second place at the 2018 US Rowing Southeast Youth Championship.
“The great win placed Samuel in a very competitive position, which exceeded his coaches’ and teammates’ expectations,” explained his mother Miriam Merenfeld.
This past season was incredibly exciting for Samuel and his family.
As a freshman, the ambitious teen competed at varsity level, earning first and second place in all competitions including State completions. The 2019 season ended on a high note, as Samuel and his rowing partner Koby Feldman, placed fourth in the Southeast Youth Championships in the Varsity Men’s Youth LTWT Final A.
“Rowing hasn’t only made me strong physically; the mental aspect that has developed is what makes the sport so special. No other sport could ever have the same effect within a person. This mental strength is what gives me the push I need to succeed in any field,” stated Samuel.
“Through rowing and his studies, Samuel has learned that focus, hard work, and dedication are crucial to reaching your goals,” added his proud mother.
Samuel’s studies at Scheck Hillel are his top priority and he keeps a great balance between his hard work in the classroom and within rowing. Ultimately, he wishes to be recruited to a top university.
“Scheck Hillel is proud of Sammy’s achievement, and we wish him all the best as he advances to earn a spot at Nationals, all the while making us proud of his commitment, values and character. He is a student-athlete role model for his peers.” said Vanessa Donaher, Head of Scheck Hillel Community School.