In their heat, they led the field, finishing their race with many boats of open water. This gave them confidence going into the Final but you never know if your competition will come back on you. In the Final, their competition was indeed tougher off the start but they stayed on it and consistently opened up their lead, wining by over two boat lengths.
During an uncertain year with COVID, this win was extremely gratifying. They stayed focused all year despite their challenges. It all came together at States and their focus and hard work paid off!