In early May, the San Diego Rowing Club (SDRC) Junior Crew participated in the 2013 US Rowing Southwest Junior Championships at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, CA. The SDRC Women’s Varsity Quad finished second at the Southwest Regional Regatta. The quad now advances to the US Juniors National Regatta in Oakridge, TN scheduled for June 7 – 9. The women’s varsity team is coached by a two-time gold medal Olympian, Susan Francia, who participated in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games. Susan has coached the girls for just a year and is proud of the strong work ethic, exceptional technique and power the girls have displayed.

“I am excited how about well the crews performed. The girls had been eagerly preparing for these races and I was impressed with their results. During my first year of coaching, I have to say the one thing that has pleasantly surprised me is how dedicated they are to winning. I am blown away about how self-motivated they are,” shared Susan.

The winning SDRC Women’s Varsity Quad are rowers Christine Buckley, a senior at Francis Parker, Marissa Gibson, a junior at La Jolla High School, Alexandra Tatro, a junior at Torrey Pines High School and Mariko Kelly, a sophomore at La Jolla Country Day. Senior Christine Buckley was recruited by UCLA and will be rowing for them in the fall of 2013.

The Men’s Varsity Four placed fourth in their heat among the top teams from Arizona, Utah and Northern California in the region. Rowers included:

• Michael Wayne – Cathedral Catholic High SchoolVarsity_Four_Team

• Tristan Jones – Fusion Academy

• Harrison Schneider – Torrey Pines High School

• Danny Sprague – La Costa Canyon High School

• Coxswain Andy Hamilton – Torrey Pines High School

Although this will be their last high school rowing experience, most of the boys have been recruited and will row on the collegiate level next year. Harrison Schneider has committed to attend Yale University, Michael Wayne will be attending Northeastern University and Andy Hamilton accepted the offer to University of Wisconsin. All three rowing teams are ranked top ten among the Division-1 programs.

SDRC Head Coach, Chris Callahan, has seen how hard these student athletes have worked. “I am proud of the growth of this team. Our boys and girls have taken their rowing to the next level and they are racing harder than they ever have before,” mentioned Chris.

SDRC was established in 1888 and is located in Mission Bay. The junior crew program participates in local and regional regattas and has exposure from top college and university recruiting scouts nationwide. In addition to the year round program, SDRC offers Learn to Row camps throughout the summer. Visit www.sdrcjrs.com for more information.