Race Report: 4th at Youth Nationals

Berkeley High Crew placed fourth in the Women’s Pair at the USRowing Youth National Championships held on Lake Natoma from June 13-15, 2014.  Berkeley’s pair of India Robinson and Lena Bertozzi qualified for Nationals at the Southwest District Championships in May and raced in a field of seventeen Pairs from across the country.

The regatta began on Friday with heats and the Jackets comfortably qualified for the Saturday’s Semifinals with a second-place finish in a time of 8:00.0.

Women’s Youth Pair Heat Three

Place Bow Name Time
1 2 Saugatuck 7:58.839
2 4 Berkeley 8:00.019
3 1 North Orlando 8:14.875
4 3 Dublin Crew 8:34.124
5 6 Baltimore B 8:38.039
6 5 James Madison 8:42.656

The Jackets needed a top-three finish in their Semifinal on Saturday to makes Sunday’s Grand Final and overcame some nerves at the start to take second place.

Place Bow Name Time
1 1 Holy Names 8:03.281
2 2 Berkeley A 8:10.006
3 3 Saugatuck B 8:11.186
4 4 Indianapolis RC 8:28.727
5 5 Newport 8:42.810
6 6 Dublin Crew 9:11.006

In Sunday’s Grand Final, the Pair from Marin proved to be the class of the field, taking first by nearly five seconds.  Places two through four were separated by only 3.4 seconds and Berkeley finished fourth, just one second out of the medals.

Place Bow Name Time
1 1 Marin 8:21.099
2 2 Holy Names 8:25.967
3 6 Saugatuck B 8:28.368
4 4 Berkeley 8:29.391
5 3 Saugatuck A 8:32.287
6 5 CRI 8:45.362

It was an excellent showing by Berkeley High, particularly in light of the boat’s youth and relative inexperience.  With India and Lena (both rising juniors) leading a group of talented and motivated athletes, the Jackets will be looking to build on this season’s successes in 2014-15.