Brainerd Rowing Club boys gets 3rd in Duluth

Brainerd rowing club competes in Duluth

Brainerd Rowing Club
The Junior Boys Brainerd Rowing Club team of Emmalyn Boesen (left), Isaac Boesen, Gabe Hallgren, Eli Hallgren, Danny Johnson compete in Duluth Harbor on Lake Superior Saturday, July 9, 2022.
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The Brainerd Lakes Rowing Club boys junior team of Isaac Boesen, Eli Hallgren, Gabe Hallgren and Daniel Johnson along with coxswain Emmalyn Boesen finished third in the Duluth International Regatta at Duluth Harbor on Lake Superior Saturday, July 9.

The junior double of Eli and Gabe Hallgren placed sixth and Isaac Boesen and Danny Johnson was 13th.

“Our first regatta was a huge success,” head coach Rykken Johnson, “both for the Club and the junior rowers who have put in so much hard work. Most rowers we compete against have rowed year-round for up to four years in high school. Our rowers, by contrast, have rowed together for less than three months total. To see them go out and be competitive with these top clubs speaks to the determination they’ve given in every practice. I’m tremendously proud of their performance and excited to see what they accomplish in future races.”

Johnson, who was a varsity rower for Purdue University, competed in the men’s open single sculling event Saturday and finished fourth.

The girls junior team, who did not compete in Duluth, includes Arabella Boesen, Kate Haglin, Josie Haillon and Lyida Redepenning with coxswain Emmalyn Boesen.


The Brainerd club began in 2020 and officially launched on the water in 2021 and is based at Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake.

Brooke Watland, a former varsity rower for the University of Minnesota, coaches the club’s adult men and women rowing sessions. The women row on Friday mornings at 7 a.m. and men and women row Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

Rowers of all ages interested in learning more about the club or scheduling a lesson can visit

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