Jimmy Patton ‘17 Selected For US Rowing U19 World Team

Peter Sanderson
Congratulations are in order for Jimmy Patton Fessy class of ‘17 (Deerfield ‘20) as he has been selected to represent the United States as part of the US Rowing’s U19 national team at the World Championships in Tokyo Japan in August.   Jimmy has certainly had a tremendous year in the sport of rowing. It began this spring when his Deerfield 1st boat repeated for the 6th consecutive year as champions of the boy’s 1V 4+ at the NEIRA Championships in May. On the strength of that performance Jimmy was invited this summer to the US Rowing Jr. National Team U18 High Performance Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista CA, training along side of the U19 national team.  This was Jimmy’s second invitation to train with the HP Team having represented this group last summer as a U17 out in Ashland Oregon, and subsequently winning two gold medals at the Club Nationals in Camden NJ. This summer Jimmy’s tremendous performance during training at the OTC earned him a spot on the U19 World Team that will compete in Tokyo next month. In the small world that is rowing…..for the second summer in a row one of his national team coaches was Fessy alum Cory Sanderson ‘03. 

Jimmy will race as part of the men’s eight for the U19 World Team. 

It should come as no surprise that Jimmy has excelled in this sport given his family history. His father Ted Patton had a stellar rowing career at Brown and was a bronze medal winner in the 1988 Olympics and gold medal winner at the 1987 World Championships. John is also a member of the US Rowing Hall of Fame. Charlie Patton (Fessy ‘13, Groton ‘16, Brown ‘20) is currently rowing for Brown after beginning his career here at Fessenden and continuing on at Groton. Jimmy’s youngest brother John ‘20  was a member of Fessenden’s Varsity Crew team the past two seasons and will join Jimmy this coming year on the Deerfield team. All three boys began their rowing careers under the tutelage of veteran Fessy coaches Kyle Beatty, Becca Palm, and Jim Ames.
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