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.
Thanks again for supporting Berkeley High Crew!