Three Norcal Athletes represent the United States at Junior and U23 World Championships.

Three Norcal athlets are representing their country this summer on the international stage.  Makayla Karr-Warner (Norcal '13, BU'17) qualified at Trials as part of a Lighweight Womens Quad training out of Union Boat Club in Boston.  Trey Holterman (Norcal'17, Stanford'21) and Clay Watson (Norcal'17, Columbia'21) were both selected from the Jr camp system to the Junior Men's eight and four, respectively.  The U23 world championships are being held in Bulgaria in late July this year, while the Jr world championships with be in Lithuania in August.  The U23 championship is not funded, and athletes must raise ~$6k each to cover travel and competition costs.  For anyone who would like to help Makayla reach her goal, donations may be made through the following link:

UPDATE:  The US Lightweight Quad, including Makayla Karr-Warner (Norcal'13) has won the petitie final at the U23 World Championship to place 7th overall in the world.

Norcal Athletes Qualify for United States Jr. National Team, to Compete at Jr. Worlds. 

The Black and Gold go Red, White, and Blue this summer, as Clair Grundig '16 and Trey Holterman '17 earn seats in the US Junior National Women's Quad, and Men's Eight. They will compete at the Junior/Senior World Championships, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Also competing for Team USA is Colette Lucas-Conwell '13, who has earned her second seat as coxn of the US U23 Women's Eight. Emily Steinmetz '18 and Emily Strambi '18 both earned invitations to the US Jr. National Development Camp, help in CT.

Norcal Wins Men's LW4+ National Championship at 2016 USRowing Youth Invitational; fourth title in four years 

The Norcal Lightweight Mens Four took the LW 4+ national title for the second time in three years, winning the event by 2 seconds over Rye High School.  Coxn Thomas Fuller, Stroke Jackson Woods, Colley Loum, Jonathan Cogan, and Bow Alexander Rodrick comprised the crew.  For Woods, Loum, and Cogan, this is their second national championship, having won the Lightweight Mens Eight the year previous.  Norcal Openweight rowers Trey Holterman and Clay Watson took the Silver medal in the Men's Pair event.


Norcal Wins Men's LW8+ National Championship at 2015 USRowing Youth Invitational; third title in three years 

The Norcal Lightweight Mens Eight took the national title in a commanding fashion, dominating through the heats and semi-finals to win by a full boat length in a blistering time of 6:02.  Coxn Thomas Fuller, Stroke Misha Hindery, and crew members Marcelo Buxton, Chris Skokowski, Jonathan Cogan, Colley Loum, Jackson Wood, Phoenix Jarrell-Desch, and bow Ian O'Connor comprised the crew.  For Hindry, Skokowski, and Buxton, this is their second national championship, having won the Lightweight Mens Four the year previous.  Katy Kelly and Makala Karr-Warner won the Lightweight Womens 2x title in 2013.

 Norcal makes it three in a row.






Norcal Varsity Men Win National Championship at 2014 USRowing Youth Invitational: 

Misha Hindery, Marcelo Buxton, Chris Skokowski, Will Carhart, and Miles Bowman combined efforts to dominate the grand final in the Men's LW 4+ event at the USRowing Youth Invitational National Championships.

 In a time of 7:11.7, the four emerged from a field of 21 boats to claim the gold, walking through crews from Los Gatos, Ca, whom had beaten them in the regional qualifyer.


Norcal Crew boat claims national title

Norcal Crew team wins gold in national event




Norcal Varsity Women Win National Championship at 2013 USRowing Youth Invitational: 

Menlo-Atherton High senior Katie Kelly and recent Woodside grad Makayla Karr-Warner dominated the grand final in the Women's LW 2x event at the USRowing Youth Invitational National Championships.

 In a time of 7:11.7, the pair bested the five other boats that had emerged over the weekend from the nationally selected field of 20.  To qualify, Norcal had previously won the South West Regional, comprising crews from California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Palo Alto Online

San Mateo Daily Journal

Palo Alto Online - Nationals

Norcal Crew Erg-a-thon in Menlo Park - Menlo Park Almanac, December 2012

Local Crew Team Offers Personal Development, and May 2012


Norcal finishes 4th of 85 crews in international competition at Head of the Charles

The Head of the Charles is the biggest fall regatta in the entire world, and is one of the largest sporting events of any type, as measured by the number of live spectators.  Over the course of the weekend, it is estimated that over 300,000 people walk along the river to watch the 3-mile race that winds around turns, under bridges, and past boathouses.  There are over 9,000 competitors at the event in 55 race categories.  Competitors range in age from high school to college students, olympic and national team athletes, and master's well into their 80's.  The high school events are some of the most competitive events of the weekend.  The reason for this is that there are 85 crews entered in each event!  With such a difficult course of turns and obstacles, and with such young athletes, this makes for some very difficult maneuvering.  Not only did all four of Norcal's crews manage their way through the course unscathed, but each crew managed to achieve their goals, and then some!

In the women's 4+, Norcal placed 14th out of 85!  The top half of the crews are invited back for the next year, so Norcal has earned their spot!  There was some particularly stiff competition in this event this year, and Norcal held their own against some big name crews from the east coast.
In the women's double, two of our lightweight athletes were competing in a heavyweight event, placing them at an immediate disadvantage.  In the double event, as well, the girls in the boat are responsible for steering their own course by looking behind them during the race, without the help of a coxswain!  Our girls placed a phenomenal 13th out of 39 crews!!
In the men's 8+, Norcal fielded the youngest crew of the regatta!  We were one of only five crews of the weekend that had an average age of 15 years old.  Regardless, we managed to pass a few crews in the back of the pack and work our way up to 40th place out of 85, earning a bid for next year's event!  
In the men's 4+, we had a record breaking weekend for our program!  Norcal finished 4th out of 85 crews!!!  The top five crews receive special medals in the event, so our young men were able to bring home some hardware.  This is the first medal at the regattas for Norcal in over four years, and it is the first medal in a big boat at the event for our men's program.  Of particular note is that this boat is comprised of three athletes with only one year of racing experience!  
A huge congratulations to all of the Norcal athletes for their accomplishments at such a prestigious event!  The coaching staff couldn't be prouder of all of their hard work.  We are looking forward to a great season of competitive racing this year!!