Capital Crew rowers Ben Snedecor (Granite Bay High School), Chris Graff (Jesuit High School), Aaron Rothleder (Jesuit High School), Tyler Valicenti (Jesuit High School) and coxswain Keith Lewis (Jesuit High School) headed to Boston on Oct. 16 to compete at the Head of the Charles Regatta. Graff, Valicenti and Lewis live in El Dorado Hills.
The team’s entry in the East Coast race among 9,000 athletes sends an important signal that the sport of rowing is rising in the West, and the Sacramento State Aquatic Center intends to continue growing its presence. Both Valicenti and Lewis were members of the 2013 U.S. National team earlier this year.
Aquatic Center Director Brian Dulgar and varsity coaches Bob Maclean and Toby Johnson were pleased to learn their request for a berth in one of the country’s most impressive regattas was accepted even though they have not had a presence there in many years. The Capital Crew team raced in the men’s youth category against approximately 80 other teams and took eighth place.
Since 1965, the Head of the Charles Regatta has welcomed the world’s best crew teams to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition.
With its reputation as one of only five premier venues for racing on the West Coast, the Aquatic Center is gaining a solid reputation for its facilities, management and talent, as well as its intent to grow the sport in the West. It has hosted the spring 2013 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in 2009, 2013 and will do so in 2017. The center will host the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships next June, which brings in thousands of high school competitors, colleges, coaches and observers.
The Capital Crew Club currently has 200 high school students working out this fall: 46 novice men, 53 novice women, 59 varsity men and 60 varsity women. In addition, there are more than 80 middle school athletes in the Capital Crew Apprentice Program where erg machines are taken to area schools for physical education demonstrations and competitions to introduce the sport and teamwork concept of rowing.