SHAKER ROWER PROGRESSES TOWARD SPOT ON JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM
Shaker Heights Varsity rower Sophie Calabrese has been selected as one of only 30 high school rowers nationwide to attend the United States Rowing Association’s High Performance Rowing Camp this summer in Groton Connecticut.
Selection to the High Performance Camp puts Sophie on track to compete for a spot on next year’s U.S. Junior National Team and to row in the Junior World Rowing Championships representing the United States. The High Performance Camp rows from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy boathouse and is run by the coaches of the Junior National Team under the auspices of U.S. Rowing, the Olympic governing body for crew in the United States.
Sophie is starting her third year on the Shaker Heights Crew. Last spring Sophie finished second in the single scull at the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association Championships and stroked the Shaker Junior Women’s Four to a third-place finish at the Midwest Championships and into the semi-finals of the National Scholastic Rowing Championships with teammates Olivia Whittier, Gen Fortin, Jenna Cahn and Casey Lewis.
This fall Sophie was gold medalist in the Junior Single Sculls at the Head of the Cuyahoga and Head of the Ohio Regattas and finished seventh in the single at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.
“Selection to this camp identifies Sophie as one of the top high school rowers in the country,” said Shaker Crew coach Bob Valerian. “We’re very proud of Sophie and thrilled that the hard work and dedication she has put into her training has been recognized and rewarded.”