The Marin Rowing junior boys program pulled off a rare trio of victories at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic this weekend, handily winning varsity, lightweight and JV trophies. The Marin JV girls squad took first, the varsity girls finished a strong third, and the club's men's and women's masters boats won.
The Mission Bay race course was blustery with strong winds making for challenging rowing for the nation's top collegiate, high school and masters rowers-- with elite crews from Harvard, Texas, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Virginia matching up against the best California and Washington squads.
The national high school competition the Marin boys and girls faced was especially fierce, with 18 boats fighting for six spots in each grand final.
The Marin varsity boys, reigning national champions and repeat winners at Cambridge's legendary Head of the Charles, took the Crew Classic for the second year straight composed of coxswain Kenny Thompson, and oarsmen Julian Goldman, Patrick Konttinen, Peter Woolley, Greig Stein, John Killeen, Sam Seder, Scott Kennedy, and Elliott Gutekunst. The Marin lightweight boys, also reigning national champions, also won their second straight Crew Classic trophy with the team of coxswain Riley Overfield, and oarsmen Michael Brewer, Tavish Traut, Oliver Bazalgette, Neils Laurberg, Blake Patterson, William Boyd, and Ezra Hoffman and Jamie Naso.
Both Marin Boy's and Girl's Junior Varsity squads were also victorious this week with coxswain Tommy Fant, and oarsmen Sebastian Pavlina, Jackson Dobronyi, Brennan Wertz, Craig Porter, Jake Johnson, Cooper Reinhart and David Slater leading from wire to wire to win their event by seven seconds over a strong crew from Mexico. The Women's crew of coxswain Jill Berling and oarswomen McKenna Wray, Emma Smith, Hannah Andre, Emma Mackie, Kate Findlay, Sydney Bell, Brett Simpson and Emily Bongiorno came from behind to beat home town rival Oakland Strokes.
The varsity girls team of oarswomen Charlotte Passot, Elizabeth Littman, Camille Kisseberth, Logan Harris, Marlena Morshead, Sophie Rosenoer, Bridget Konttinen, Megan Oechsel, and coxswain LuRay Joy finished a strong third to the Oakland Strokes and the Connecticut Boat Club.
The Marin Women's Masters Team took the Women's Club trophy with an impressive time of 6:55.08 and in the last race of the weekend, the Marin Masters Men edged out Cambridge for the club's sixth victory of the regatta.