Two women’s varsity athletes from San Diego Rowing Club (SDRC) competed in the October Women’s Youth Doubles at the Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR) in Boston, winning a Silver Medal.
The Women’s Youth Double consisted of Marissa Gibson, a senior at La Jolla High School, and Alexandra (Lexie) Tatra, a senior at Torrey Pines High School.
The HOCR, held annually, is the world’s largest rowing regatta with about 55 races and 9,000 athletes. The course stretches for three miles along the Charles River and attracts an estimated 300,000 spectators.
HOCR is a “head race” (a time-trial competition), where rowers race to complete the course in the shortest time for their event. Rowers start times are staggered as they are racing against the clock rather than directly against each other.
Gibson and Tatro beat the times of 29 other boats in the highly competitive event to win the silver medal.
The girls are part of the rowing club’s women’s varsity team, coached by two-time Gold Medal Olympian Susan Francia, who competed in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games. Francia also competed at the HOCR as part of the U.S. Rowing Team in the Championship Fours Women event winning a gold medal.
SDRC also has a Junior Men’s team who were unable to attend the HOCR this year. SDRC’s Director of Rowing, Chris Callaghan, coaches the men’s varsity team. Callaghan is a former member of the U.S. Men’s National Rowing team, winning a gold medal in the Eight at the 2007 Pan American Games and fourth in the Four at the 2006 World Rowing Championships in London.
SDRC originally formed in 1888 as the Excelsior Rowing and Swim Club. Renamed the San Diego Rowing Club in 1891, its first boathouse was built on pilings in San Diego Harbor where it remained for 79 years.
SDRC became a significant recreational and social outlet attracting many decision-makers from the San Diego business, professional and government communities.
After temporarily residing in the City of San Diego’s Recreation Center on Santa Clara Point on Mission Bay, SDRC moved to its current location, the Coggeshall Rowing Center at El Carmel Point, also on Mission Bay. The facility also hosts the UC San Diego and University of San Diego rowing teams, each in its own boat bay.
SDRC’s membership has grown to nearly 300 men and women, consisting of juniors (middle and high school age), masters, seniors and recreational rowers.
The men’s and women’s junior crew participates in numerous local and regional regattas and receives interest from top college recruiting scouts. In addition to the year-round program, SDRC offers Learn to Row events and summer camps.