ROWERS ADVANCE . . . Three local high school girls earned gold medals in rowing and trips to the national championships following successful efforts at the USRowing Southwest Junior District Championships earlier this month at Lake Natoma near Sacramento. More than 600 rowers competed for invitations to the USRowing Youth National Championships, set for next month in Oakridge, Tenn. Among those headed to Tennessee will be Sacred Heart Prep senior Danni Struck, Menlo-Atherton junior Katie Kelly and Woodside senior Makayla Karr-Warner. The US Youth National Championships are a precursor for youth rowers participating in the World Championships, which will occur in Lithuania later this summer. Struck got things started for the Stanford Junior Crew team by winning the gold medal in the Single Sculls event. .
Struck then teamed up with her club teammate Victoria Wallace to win silver in Double Sculls. Struck's third berth to nationals came when the boat rowed by Struck, Wallace, Sharon Wu and Allyssa Meyer captured the bronze medal in Quadruple Sculls. The Stanford Juniors, coached by Monica Hilcu and rowing out of Redwood City, qualified a total of nine boats to nationals next month. Kelly and Karr-Warner represented NorCal Rowers at the meet and won gold in Doubles. Rowers from Northern and Southern California competed alongside those from Nevada, Utah and Arizona.
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