From left to right: Sarah Coufal (8 – Miramonte HS), Payton Fraser (7 – Campolindo HS), Kate Miles (6 – Campolindo HS), Jessica O’Reilly (5 – Campolindo HS), Sara Covin (cox – Head-Royce), Lilly Mei (4 – Dougherty Valley HS), Bridget O’Kelly (3 – College Prep), Genevieve Raushenbush (2 – Piedmont HS), Mary Kate Henderson (1 – Miramonte HS)
The Women’s Varsity Eight finished the weekend with a fifth place finish in the B final (11th overall). The eight was the first women’s varsity eight from Oakland to qualify for Nationals since 2014 and fought hard all weekend long as noted by head coach Allison Ray, “The V8 raced with composure and resilience all weekend. This crew has demonstrated the true meaning of team at every step along by the way and we are so proud of their performance."
The Oakland Strokes are a rowing club for High School and Middle School youth that serves the East Bay, Lamorinda, and San Ramon Valley areas. The National Championship won by the Men’s Lightweight Eight marks the nineteenth National Championship since their inception in 1974, with twelve championships won in the last ten years. Most of Stroke’s athletes have never rowed before joining, and in a few years many are competing at a national level. “What makes this club exceptional is the community of coaches, parents, and other supporters that have come together to enable the young men and women on our club to learn, grow, and flourish. It is truly remarkable what they can achieve with the right support!” notes Dana Hooper, Managing Director.
To find out more about the Oakland Strokes Rowing programs, visit www.oaklandstrokes.org.