With over 600 entries from 36 teams, this year’s Championship regatta was the largest yet and the competition was tougher than ever. Due to the high number of overall entries several Berkeley High boats had to compete in time trials on Friday evening in order to qualify for the sprint racing on Saturday and Sunday. Berkeley’s Men’s Quad showed they had real speed in the time trial by placing 4th out of 23 and qualifying for the semi-finals on Saturday. In the semis the Quad had a relatively comfortable row and cruised to a second-place finish, nine seconds ahead of third. The Jackets’ performance earned them a place in the final on Sunday where they finished 5th in a very close field.
For the Women’s team, two boats comprised of all sophomores provided the most excitement over the weekend. The Women’s Pair advanced from their heat with a second-place finish on Saturday afternoon and earned a bid to Youth Nationals by placing third in the final. In a very exciting race the Jackets had to overcome a less-than-perfect start and needed every meter on the course to catch their competition. They qualified for Youth Nationals by less than one second – just ahead of an experienced Newport Pair that raced at Nationals in 2013.
A newer, non-Nationals event, also provided a lot of excitement on Sunday afternoon. Berkeley’s Women’s Open Straight Four (no coxswain) won a silver medal, just .34 seconds ahead of third and .75 seconds ahead of fourth place.