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BHS Crew Medals at Youth Nationals 2016

Bronze for the Pair

Bronze for the Pair at Youth Nationals 2016

Winding up another stellar year for the entire Berkeley High School crew team, the women’s pair of Lena Bertozzi and India Robinson earned a bronze medal at this year’s Youth Nationals Championships in West Windsor, New Jersey!

The Four Finishes Fourth in the Nation

BHS Crew at Youth Nationals 2016

After finishing fourth at the Regional Championships, the coxed four (Josie Byer, Elisa Forbes, Chloe Schalit, Lena Bertozzi, India Robinson) spent a few nail-biting days waiting to see if their petition to participate in the national championships would be accepted. However any doubt that our 4+ belonged on the national stage was quickly dispelled as the ladies produced impressive results in the heats and semifinals, and went on to wrap up the year as the fourth best team in the USA!

Representing Berkeley High School…

Here are a few more photos and videos, to give you a feel for what it was like to be at the event:

BHS Crew at Youth Nationals 2016

A little fun for everyone, after a year of hard work:


Strategizing before the four’s final:

Preparing for the Final

Our team tent was right next to the finish line:

BHS Crew Tent at Youth Nationals 2016

Video of the four after qualifying in their semifinal:

Video of the pair & coaches receiving the bronze medal:

A Special Guest at Women’s Practice

Last Thursday afternoon, Berkeley High’s beloved Yellowjacket dropped by the gym to cheer on the women’s crew team!

Mr Yellowjacket even tried his hands, wings and size 13 shoes on an erg:

Learning from the best #gojackets #rowjackets

A video posted by Berkeley High Womens Crew (@jacketsonthree) on

Coach Ilyana joined in the fun, but strangely, coach Gulliver was nowhere to be seen…


Thank You for Supporting BHS Crew @ Youth Nationals 2015!

The men's team at Youth Nationals 2015

The women's team at Youth Nationals 2015

Dear BHS Crew community,

In my official capacity as the president of the Berkeley Crew Board, the parent group fostering rowing at Berkeley High School, let me say a BIG THANK YOU for your donation to last June’s Youth Nationals fundraiser. Because of your timely generosity, we were able to transport the team’s four boats, eight yellow-tipped oars, nine nervous students and three slightly less nervous coaches to the other side of this great country, to claim Berkeley’s first national medal since 2011!

Here is where each of the BHS boats placed:

  • Men’s Ltwt 2x (Leon Maurer & Elliot Meldrum): 12th in the nation
  • Men’s 2x (Zach Alter & Val Fan): 17th in the nation
  • Women’s 2- (Lena Bertozzi & India Robinson): 2nd in the nation
  • Women’s 4+ (Chloe Schalit, Josie Beyer, Elisa Forbes, India Robinson & Lena Bertozzi): 7th in the nation

As a parent of one of the rowers who earned the trek, I must also thank you for giving our kids the chance to represent BHS on high school rowing’s biggest stage. Our boys & girls carried themselves with grace and confidence in the unrelenting Florida heat, shrugging off their underdog status to repeatedly challenge elite teams with significantly more funding. Irrespective of the impressive results, you would have been proud of your Yellow Jackets — on and off the water.

A few of us parents were fortunate enough to join the team for the event. As we ran alongside the course, shouting “Go Berkeley” and “Go Jackets”, I was amazed at how many folks added their own cheer of support. Perhaps they recognized our unique city, or wanted to rally one of the few public high schools that had made it this far. Whatever the reason, it felt good to be representing Berkeley High School as a parent too!

And here in October, as the days start to get colder and shorter, the team has already set its sights on the 2016 Youth National Championships in West Windsor, New Jersey. The coaches and kids have resumed their strenuous training schedule — 15+ hours per week on the Oakland Estuary, on the ergs and in the weight room. It will be another difficult journey, but I look forward to getting back to you with more great news next year.

A Silver Medal for the Women's Pair


Thanks again for supporting Berkeley High Crew!

BHS Crew Athletes Representing Team USA

Fresh from powering BHS Crew to strong finishes at this year’s Youth Nationals competition, rising seniors Elisa Forbes and India Robinson were invited to train with crew’s best atheletes for Team USA!

And after three weeks of grueling training (up at 4:45 AM, on the water for 6 hours per day) and living like messy college students at picturesque Connecticut College (dorm rooms, meal cards, laundry), both girls will proudly wear the red white and blue in national and international competetions this summer.

Elisa will cox at the USRowing Club National Championships scheduled for July 15-19, in Bethel, Ohio. She will be “racing up” divisions, to face off against older and much more experienced college-level athletes.

India made the Junior National Team (for the second time in her high-school career) and will be competing at the World Junior Championships on August 5-9 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Go Jackets! Go Team USA!