Kayla Yraceburu missed her Camas High School graduation ceremony for a good reason.
On the day her friends and classmates received their diplomas, she was skimming the surface of the water with the best in the nation at the U.S. Rowing Junior Nationals June 10 to 12, on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The former Papermaker finished third in the “B” consolation final of the women’s youth single, with a time of 8 minutes, 52.48 seconds. This made her the ninth fastest individual rower in the nation in her event.
“I had a lot of fun over there,” Yraceburu said. “I’m still pretty new to the sport, so I was just soaking it all in.”
Hard to believe, but Yraceburu has only been rowing at Vancouver Lake for about seven months. What started as an activity to do with her brother and sister to stay in shape after high school swimming has guilded her in a new direction. The metamorphosed swimmer will attend the University of Oklahoma City on a rowing scholarship.
“There are a lot of opportunities for rowing in college that I didn’t even know about,” Yraceburu said. “Once I started getting offers, things got a little bit crazy. I started looking at rowing programs, and pretty much restarted the whole college application process in a limited amount of time.”