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Local Strokes Find Precious Metals At National Championships

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Oakland Strokes Men's 4 roster includes Luke Lawler, (Las Lomas HS), Brandon Fluegge (Miramonte HS), Nikita Lilichenko (Miramonte HS), Henri Illien (Phillips Academy), Isabella Onken, Coxswain (St. Joseph Notre Dame HS). Photo: Oakland Strokes

Oakland Strokes sent 23 of their top athletes to Sarasota, Florida June 12-14 to vie for 2015 U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships. Over the course of three days Strokes crews competed against 162 high school rowing teams with 1,600 of the USA’s top youth rowers from 30 states in 18 events.

The Strokes Varsity Men won the gold medal in a marquee event, the Grand Final 8+,

(right to left) Daniel Hogan, (De La Salle HS), Rhys Daniel (Piedmont HS), Alexandr Lilichenko (Miramonte HS), Michael Cuellar (St. Joseph Notre Dame HS), Kenyon Watson, Coxswain (Miramonte HS), Cameron Chater (Berkeley HS), Connor Olson (Granada HS), Tucker Johnson (Piedmont HS), Max McDonald (Piedmont HS).
(right to left) Daniel Hogan, (De La Salle HS), Rhys Daniel (Piedmont HS), Alexandr Lilichenko (Miramonte HS), Michael Cuellar (St. Joseph Notre Dame HS), Kenyon Watson, Coxswain (Miramonte HS), Cameron Chater (Berkeley HS), Connor Olson (Granada HS), Tucker Johnson (Piedmont HS), Max McDonald (Piedmont HS).

with a time of 5:51.813, beating second place Newport Aquatic Center (5:52.173) and third place CRI of Boston (5:53.950). Fellow Bay Area team Marin Rowing placed fourth (5:56.985). This particular triumph marks the first Men’s National Championship in the Oakland Strokes’ 41 year history.

The Women’s team won the silver medal in the Lightweight Womens 8+ Final with a time

The Womens Lightweight 8+ roster includes (right to left) Elizabeth Hofinga, Stroke (Miramonte HS), Jillian Lundstrom (Miramonte HS), Marie Johnson (Miramonte HS), Rileigh Long (Alameda HS), Gray Strandberg, Coxswain (Bishop O’Dowd), Madelynn Prendergast (Head-Royce School), Julia Giovanni (Campolindo HS), Limor Dubrovsky (Acalanes HS), Tenaya McCoy (Berkeley HS). Photo: Oakland Strokes
The Womens Lightweight 8+ roster includes (right to left) Elizabeth Hofinga, Stroke (Miramonte HS), Jillian Lundstrom (Miramonte HS), Marie Johnson (Miramonte HS), Rileigh Long (Alameda HS), Gray Strandberg, Coxswain (Bishop O’Dowd), Madelynn Prendergast (Head-Royce School), Julia Giovanni (Campolindo HS), Limor Dubrovsky (Acalanes HS), Tenaya McCoy (Berkeley HS). Photo: Oakland Strokes

of 6:52.055, trailing first place Saugatuck by 3.8 seconds, but beating Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Club (PRNA/Mercer) by .40 seconds.

The Strokes Mens 4+ won the Petite Final in their event with a dramatic come from behind .08 second victory over second place Detroit Boat Club and third place Newport Aquatic Center.