Oakland Strokes Team Rows Toward Victory

The Oakland Strokes Freshmen Boat takes home the first place trophy at the Southwest Junior Regionals.

The Oakland Strokes Freshmen Boat takes home the first place trophy at the Southwest Junior Regionals.

Georgia Briskey

The Oakland Strokes rowing team competed in their season championship, the Southwest Junior Regionals on May 4-6. The team took home the Points Trophy for the third year in a row.

The competition took place on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, and many of the  Oakland Strokes boats placed well.

For the girls, the JV8, 3V8, Lightweight 8, and Freshmen boats placed first in the championship. Some Miramonte students in these boats include Ellen Pate ‘13, Lizzie Pate ‘13, Sara Cratsenburg ‘13,  Hannah Stenovec ‘14,  Marie Johnson ‘15, Anne Marie Hoskins ‘15, and Margaret Ross ‘15.

The other boats that did well were the Varsity 8 boat and the Novice boat, which placed second, and the Lightweight Double, which placed third. Miramonte rowers on these teams include Michelle Lee ‘12, Lauren Dahlberg-Seeth ‘12, and Laura Rosas ‘13.

For the boys, the Lightweight 8 placed third and the Lightweight Double placed second. From Miramonte, Erik Johnson ‘13, Jack Maxson ‘12, Cameron Baker ‘12, and Ryan Sandy ‘12, rowed in these boats.

Although all teams placed well, only a few will be continuing to Nationals in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The boats competing in Nationals include both men and women Lightweight boats and the women’s Varsity boat.

The athletes in these boats will be missing half a week of school, which happens to be finals week, and seniors will be missing their graduation.

“Nationals is important because we lost to Marin Rowing Club in the Southwest Junior Regionals. We beat them throughout the whole season, but this recent loss is motivating us to practice harder and win Nationals,” Rosas said.

For the athletes not going to Nationals, their season has ended.

However, training for rowers is a part of their daily summer routine. They have practice every morning as early as 6:45 a.m. that lasts until 10:45 a.m. This vigorous training is to prepare for the Henley Royal Regatta in Canada during the week of Aug. 6. This regatta is a chance for rowers to bond with each other and prepare for the start of the new season this fall. There’s no doubt about it that Oakland Strokes rowers work hard to compete well in regattas during their season.

Despite their vigorous hours in the Oakland Estuary, Oakland Strokes rowers love their sport and many hope to continue on in college.