About the Club
Charlotte Youth Rowing is Charlotte’s first and largest youth rowing team established in 2000. We are a travel team supported by the Brace Family YMCA in Matthews, NC and row out of the Catawba Yacht Club located on Lake Wylie in Charlotte, NC. CYR is a club team comprised of middle and high school students from over 20 NC and SC schools. Our program produces athletes who have gone on to row at schools such as UNC Chapel Hill, Dartmouth, Duke and Clemson.
Who can row? Boys and girls, tall and short, heavy and lightweight are all welcome. Previous sports participation is helpful, but not at all necessary. If you are small and have leadership skills, we would love to talk to you about being a coxswain – the one who steers the boat, assists the coaches with practice, and strategizes about our races. If you are bored or “burned out” with your current sport, if you find your sport unrewarding, or you haven’t found a sport you love – check us out!
About the Coaches
Byron “Doc” Walthall and Nancy Teaff lead the CYR team. They are married doctors who started with the team at its inception when one of their daughters rowed. Byron started rowing as a masters rower after successful years competing in soccer and Ironman competitions (he’s finished 4!). Nancy rowed in college at Smith College and returned to masters rowing as an adult. Both are still competitive rowers and certified USRowing Level 3 rowing coaches.
About the Captains
Boys’ Team Captain: Jake Snavely (Senior, Clover High School)
“I’ve been rowing for over 4 years. I was born in Florida but have lived in South Carolina pretty much my whole life. I’m an officer in my school’s Air Force ROTC program. After high school, I plan to go to college and then serve in the military.”
Girls’ Team Captain: Marla Allen (Senior, Ardrey Kell High School)
“I have been rowing for one year, having previously been a lifelong basketball player before joining CYR. I hope to continue rowing in (and after) college while studying Psychology.”
Head Coxswain: Brittany Merkel (Junior, Marvin Ridge High School)
“I have been coxing with CYR since I was in seventh grade, and have been a Varsity Coxswain for four years.”