Norcal Crew rowing team wins gold in national event


A Norcal Crew rowing team won the gold medal in the lightweight four with coxswain event on June 15 at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championship at Lake Natoma, California.

The team led a field of 21 boats from across the U.S.

Members of the team are Misha Hindery, Marcelo Buxton and Chris Skokowski (all will be seniors this fall at Palo Alto High School); Will Carhart of Menlo Park, a graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School; and Miles Bowman, a graduate of Aragon High School in San Mateo.

In the 2,000-meter six-boat final, Norcal won by more than a boat-length and with a time of 7 minutes and 11.757 seconds. Los Gatos Rowing finished second and S.A.C./Capital, third.

This is Coach Nathan Walker's second Youth National Championship in two years. Last year he coached the Norcal lightweight girls to the lightweight double national championship.

Norcal Crew had two other boats compete at the championships. Katie Kelly, an M-A graduate, finished six out of 14 boats in the grand final of the women's youth single event. Alex Warner, a Paly graduate, and Janet Titzler, a Gunn graduate, finished ninth out of 21 boats in the women's youth lightweight double event.

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