Press Release: Berkeley High Crew Qualifies for National Championship Competition; Men’s Lightweight Four Team Earns Medal at Regional Championships

From Rick Jaffe
Monday May 09, 2011 - 06:55:00 PM

Berkeley High Crew Men’s Lightweight 4+ boat won the bronze medal at the USRowing Southwest Junior Championship Regatta. All medal winning squads earn a berth to compete at the USRowing Youth Nationals. The National Championship is scheduled to take place in early June at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 

“Our boat had a great race over a very tough field,” said Berkeley High Crew Head Coach Chris Dadd. “Teams from this Region have won National Championships over the past several seasons. We had a strategy that paid off and we rowed our best races of the weekend when needed, in the final. We are excited to head to Oak Ridge for a rematch and to see how we fare against boats from across the country.” 

As the only public high school competing in the Southwest region, the Berkeley High rowers compete against much larger club teams and private schools that recruit athletes from a broad range of students. Of the 16 Berkeley High boats competing over the weekend, two advanced to the finals for their event and one earned a medal. 

Since 2000, Berkeley High Crew has qualified for the Nationals 7 times. Last year, the Men’s Lightweight Four also reached National Competition. 

24 teams from across California and Arizona raced in 33 different events at the Regatta, which was held May 7 – 8 on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, CA. 

About Berkeley High Crew 

Berkeley High Crew, the only public school crew team in the western United States, is a non-profit organization established to promote the sport of competitive rowing and is open to all young men and women at Berkeley High School. Founded in 1967, Berkeley High Crew is committed to the personal, athletic, ethical and academic excellence of each rower as an individual and as a member of a competitive rowing team.