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+,
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
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.