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Capital Crew is the Sacramento State Aquatic Center’s junior rowing program.

We are a competitive program geared toward young athletes looking for a challenge in both sport, and in life.

Founded in 1988, Capital Crew annually attracts an average of over 250 participants.

Capital Crew trains from late August through mid-May, competing against more than 35 other junior rowing programs in the Southwest District.

  • Over the past two decades, Capital Crew has done well in local league races and the Southwest Junior District Championships. In addition, our team has qualified and medaled at the US Rowing National Championships, including a Silver medal at the 2012 and the 2013 National Championship and a gold in 2017.
  • The 2014 National Championships were held west of the Mississippi for the first time ever, and it was at our home course; Lake Natoma! Nationals are again slated to be held in 2018 on Lake Natoma.
  • The last three summer Olympics, including London 2012, have seen the Women’s 8 winning two Gold and Silver Medals. While many of the rowers in those boats came and went, the coxswain for all three Olympics was our own Capital Crew Alumni; Mary Whipple.
  • Our athletes are consistently selected to compete in prominent collegiate programs as well as to represent the United States on the Development, Junior Elite, Under-23 Elites, and International Elite levels. Capital Crew continues to be one of the foremost programs in the Southwest District.
  • All Capital Crew coaches are experienced and accomplished rowers. They are highly skilled and passionate about introducing rowing to the next generation of athletes.
  • No experience* is required to participate in Capital Crew, and while most start the program in their Freshman year of High School, we have some who join during 8th grade, and some start as late as Junior or even their Senior year of High School.
  • The opportunities Rowing provides student athletes who wish to continue their careers in college opens many doors that are typically only reserved for the most elite athletes in a handful of other sports.

* If it is your first year rowing, no matter what year you are in school, you are considered a Novice. If you have taken part in CCAP’s (Capital Crew Apprentice Program for 7th and 8th graders) and are a Freshman in high school, you will also be considered a Novice. Once you have raced as a Novice for a season, you become a Varsity member and continue to learn and grow as an athlete and an individual throughout the rest of your high school years.