Regatta rowers earn medals at Long Beach Invitational

From SDRC Reports

High school-age female athletes of the San Diego Rowing Club (SDRC) won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Long Beach Invitational Regatta, April 12-13, where top junior teams from the western U.S. competed in advance of regional and national championships.

Mariko Kelly rowed her way to three gold medals. She was joined by SDRC teammates Sarah Hoskin, Marissa Gibson and Jillian Renly in winning the women’s quadruple sculls division, which featured a race distance of 1,100 meters with seven teams vying for gold — among them, last year’s national champions, Long Beach Junior Crew.

Kelly, of Del Mar, is a junior at La Jolla Country Day School and has been rowing for SDRC for three years.

Gibson, a senior at La Jolla High School, shared two gold medals with Kelly — one in the quadruple sculls division, the other in the women’s pair division. Gibson will attend the University of Wisconsin on a rowing scholarship this fall.

Hoskin is a senior at the Academy of Our Lady Peace in San Diego and heads to Fordham University on a rowing scholarship next year. She was joined by Evelyn Hall, a senior at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, to win silver in the lightweight women’s double boat.

Renly is a sophomore at University City High School, and in addition to winning gold in the women’s quadruple sculls division, she won gold in the double division with Kelly, as well as a bronze medal in the women’s single division.

The SDRC Junior Women’s Varsity Team rows on Mission Bay out of its boathouse on El Carmel Point in Mission Beach and is coached by Susan Francia, a two-time gold medalist in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

On June 7, SDRC will participate in U.S. Rowing’s 13th annual national “Learn to Row” day at the SDRC boathouse, 1220 El Carmel Place, San Diego. The event is free to the public.

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