The Capital Crew junior lightweight rowing team ended its season with honor, earning a silver medal at the Youth National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The teammates, based out of the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, competed and won the San Diego Crew Classic in March 2012, advancing to the Southwest Regional Junior Championships, where they placed second and qualified for Nationals. At Nationals the team set a personal record for time and achieved the status of the second fastest Junior Lightweight Women’s 8 in the nation.
“Nationals is an amazing experience because you get to meet other rowers from across the country. It is a high pressured race but it challenges us and we come out with more experience in four days than we sometimes learn in a whole year. The races itself were powerful and clean and each day we raced a faster time,” said recent St. Francis High School graduate Emalia Seto.
The Tennessee trip was a team-bonding experience. “I feel like our team is already really close,” said rower Mary Moliter.
“The best thing about the trip [was] being able to have non-rowing experience with my teammates such as going to eat Dunkin Donuts or making a One Direction ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ music video in the van on our two-hour drive to the airport.” admitted Seto.
The team has come a long way, added rower Sarah Ringler, a recent graduate of Folsom High School. “This was a team that has been building since day one of my freshman year. We walked in young and out of shape and over the past four years we have gotten closer to our goal each day.” Ringler said. “It’s tough to find eight girls strong enough and willing enough to work hard and get to nationals…We had some young talent come up from last years novice and they were the missing puzzle pieces…for the seven of us whose last race it was, it was everything we could have hoped for.”
“I’d just like to say that the team has had a great year and this was a wonderful finish to top off the year,” said Coach Toby Johnson. “They set a personal record in the final … and were also one of the fastest women’s boats Capital has had in a long while.”
The victorious team members are:coxswain Natalie Tarrant (American Christian Academy) of Shingle Springs; rowers Belinda Tarrant (American Christian Academy) of Shingle Springs; Maile Seto (St. Francis High School) of El Dorado Hills; Sarah Ringler (Folsom High School) of Folsom and Emalia Seto (St. Francis High School) of El Dorado Hills; as well as Mary Molitor (St. Francis High School) of El Dorado Hills, Sophie Kershaw (St. Francis High School) of El Dorado Hills, Jessica Zannakis (Folsom High School) of Folsom and Hannah MacTaggart (Vista Del Lago High School) of Folsom.