Strokes Row to Nationals

Courtesy photo    The Oakland Strokes Women’s Team dominated the medal podium with five gold medals and three each, silver and bronze, winning the overall Team Points Trophy in regional competition.

The Oakland Strokes Rowing Program put on a powerful performance to take a record-breaking 18 medals and advance a total of seven boats to the U.S. Rowing Junior National Championships. Most of the coaching staff and 30 of the Strokes’ high-school-age rowers hail from Alameda.

The varsity women’s team put on a commanding performance and earned a medal in every event they entered. This performance,combined with the success of the women’s novice team led to winning the Women’s Team Points Trophy by a convincing margin over cross-bay rivals Marin. 

“We are so proud of the varsity women and their performances over the weekend. It’s exciting to have so many boats moving onto the Nationals,” said Alameda resident and Associate Women’s Head Coach Anita Sarrett. “I am most proud of how winning the points trophy speaks to the strength and culture the team has worked so hard to build.”

Longstanding rivalries in the varsity men’s programs made for some intense races, with Newport, Marin, Capital and Oakland battling it out in nail-biting finishes. The determination of the Oakland men prevailed, allowing them to qualify three of their boats for the Nationals and set the stage for some fierce competition on Sacramento’s Lake Natoma the weekend of June 9 and 10. 

“Watching the junior varsity overcome regular season losses to Capital and Newport to win the championships in a commanding fashion was the highlight,” said Varsity Men’s Head Coach, Brian De Regt, also an Alameda resident. “But the most gratifying part of the weekend was watching our athletes learn just how much they’re capable of.”

Established in 1974, the Oakland Strokes rowing club welcomes middle and high school students from across the Bay Area. No rowing experience is required. 

To find out more, see oaklandstrokes.org. 

Courtesy photo    Oakland Strokes Men’s Junior Varsity 8 crosses the finish line to secure Gold