Varsity Women Win at Nationals; Three Other Boats Are Top Ten in the Nation

  • June 27, 2017

Capital Crew had a stellar end of the season, with four boats qualifying to compete at USRowing Youth Nationals held earlier this month. It has been several years since Capital qualified more than one boat for Nationals; it is possible that this is the most boats, and the most athletes, Capital has ever sent to Nationals.

Twenty athletes, representing the Varsity Women’s and Men’s squads, met at the airport at 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7, for a long day of travel, arriving in Sarasota, Florida with temps at 90° and humidity at 90%. Thunderstorms loomed in the forecast for the weekend. On Thursday, the boats, trailered to Florida from home, arrived to Nathan Benderson Park. The athletes rigged their boats and got a chance to practice at the perfectly straight 2K venue. Rumor has it that someone saw an alligator in the water at some point during the weekend.

Friday morning included time trials for all four boats. The Varsity Men’s 2- finished their time trial in fifth place out of twenty-four entries. The Varsity Women’s 4+ finished in first place with three seconds over second place. Coxed by Catherine Madrigal, Mira Loma graduate going to Loyola Marymount University, the Varsity Men’s 4+, powered by Alex Terrazas, Oakridge High School junior, Kealan Hennessy, Mira Loma graduate going to UC Berkeley, Grayson Hanson, Folsom High School graduate going to UC San Diego, and Nils Patrick, Rio Americano graduate going to Oregon State University, finished in seventh place out of nineteen entries. Finishing up the morning time trials, the Varsity Women’s 8+ came in eleventh place out of 23 entries.

That afternoon, three of the boats competed in Semi-Finals heats. The Varsity Women’s 4+ again came in first place, again with three seconds over their closest competition. The announcers suggested that they should conduct a clinic for their competition! This first place finish placed them into Final A on Sunday, meaning that they could earn a medal in the event. Both the Men’s 4+ and the Women’s 8+ qualified for Final B, also on Sunday. Representing Capital in the Women’s 8+ were coxswain Carina Baxter Oakridge High School sophomore, Sofia Hartman, Granite Bay graduate going to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Katelyn Morse, Rio Americano graduate going to Saint Mary’s, Sophia Sanchez, junior at Bella Vista High School, Gabby Costamagna, Ponderosa High School graduate going to UC Berkeley, Ali Bradus, Saint Francis sophomore, Arianna Thomas, Ponderosa High School graduate going to San Diego State, Lauren Formigli, Oak Ridge High School graduate going to University of Portland, and Charlotte Geyer, junior at Oak Ridge High School.

Semi-finals for Varsity Men’s 2- was held Saturday morning. Nathan Klaff, Oakridge High School junior, and Elijah Robinson, Folsom High School graduate going to UC San Diego, had a very exciting race, going from fifth place to a second place finish, which sent them to Final A on Sunday, with the possibility of winning a medal.

Sunday morning had a clear forecast through all scheduled Capital Crew events. There was a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, possibly starting right as our last race would be finishing. The Men’s 2- competed first and finished in fifth place (watch here, 54:55 minutes into the video).

Guided by Hannah Broadland, Rio Americano graduate going to San Diego State University, the Varsity Women’s 4+, Abby Paiva, McClatchy High School graduate going to UC Berkeley, Gabby Costamagna, who also rowed in the Women’s 8+, Meera Chakrabarti, Del Oro High School junior, and Sydney Ranker, junior at Saint Francis, had gained a seat of open water halfway through the race and maintained that lead throughout the second half to win the gold medal. You can watch their race here, 1:24:17 in the video.

After an extended delay that pushed all the start times closer to the forecasted thunderstorm, the Men’s 4+ raced, finishing third in their heat, making them 9th overall. Their race is 3:24:17 into the video. Just 25 minutes after the Men’s 4+, at 3:47:56 in the video, the Women’s 8+ was the last Capital event of Nationals. Finishing fourth  in their heat, they are solidly in the top ten in the nation.