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
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:
A little fun for everyone, after a year of hard work:
Strategizing before the four’s final:
Our team tent was right next to the finish line:
Video of the four after qualifying in their semifinal:
Video of the pair & coaches receiving the bronze medal:
Berkeley High Crew is proud and excited to be returning to Youth Nationals in 2016. This year we are sending two crews: The Women’s Pair and Four. The regatta runs from Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12, on Lake Mercer, NJ.
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Berkeley High Crew hosted the seventh annual 510 Sprints on Saturday, April 2. Clear skies and flat water made for great racing conditions for the nine participating teams: Artemis, BHS, Central Valley, North Bay, Oakland Tech, Palo Alto, Redwood Scullers/Stanford Rowing Center, Saint Ignatius, and Upper Natoma.
While they didn’t post any victories, the Berkeley High Men held their own against a very fast field (in particular the scullers from Stanford), and feel they still have a lot of speed to gain over the second half of the season.
The Berkeley High Women had a good day, with victories in the Varsity 8 (pictured above), Frosh 8, Varsity 4, and Pair. Full regatta results are online here.
Up next for the Jackets is a league race at Lake Natoma on April 23.
Berkeley High’s Men’s Quads had a strong showing at the Pacific Invitational on March 19 at Lake Merced. Racing on the 1,750-meter course, both the Men’s Varsity and the Men’s Novice Quads (pictured above) came away with victories against a strong field. On the Women’s side, the Varsity Eight showed plenty of potential, finishing second of five. Berkeley High results are online here, and full regatta results are posted here.
Up next Berkeley High will be hosting the 510 Sprints on April 2.