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History

Capital Crew is a very successful non-profit competitive junior rowing organization of the Sacramento State Aquatic Center that has been in existence since 1989. It is based out of the Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California.

Not only does Capital Crew have a successful rowing history; our team members have also enjoyed success in academics. Each year many of our graduating seniors continue to row competitively at colleges and universities, several receiving rowing scholarships. We have even trained an Olympian, Mary Whipple, coxswain for the Women’s 8+ that took the Silver medal in 2004 and Gold in the 2008 & 2012 Summer Olympics.

All first year rowers, regardless of their age or year in high school, are considered Novices.

How did Capital Crew get its start?

Capital Crew is the oldest established junior rowing program in the Sacramento area. It was created through a collaborative effort between the Sacramento State Aquatic Center (SSAC), the Lake Natoma Rowing Association (LNRA), and former athletes of the Sacramento State rowing club. The program was administered by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and Capital used equipment used by the AC and the LNRA.

Athletes were recruited from several local schools, both public and private. The first athletes came from Jesuit, St. Francis, Bella Vista and El Camino High Schools. Capital Crew can boast of rowing alumni that have come as far as Stockton, Pollock Pines and North Highlands. Capital truly is representative of the greater Sacramento Area. As the team expanded, and LNRA joined with the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, the need to find more equipment and water time resulted in a shift from early morning practice to afternoon. With that change even more enthusiastic athletes joined the ranks.

Capital Crew is proud to represent California’s Capital region in our name. A desire to have a unique name for the juniors’ program (instead of Sac State Juniors), the first crew settled on the name “Capital Crew."

Capital Crew made regional prominence under the leadership of former administrator Bob Whitford and Coach Sam Sweitzer. Since the creation of USRowing’s Youth National Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio; Capital has been an annual contender. Several Capital boats have earned medals and alumni have made it to the national level representing the US in international completion.

Our Capital coaches have proven themselves to be the best. As part of the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, many coaches got their start as Capital athletes. It falls into the instructional mission of the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. Many Capital athletes also go on to compete at the collegiate level.

Capital Crew is a proud program of the Sacramento State Aquatic Center; a division of the Associated Students Inc. of Sacramento State University. The Sacramento State Aquatic Center is designated by the Department of Boating and Waterways as a “Boating Instructional Safety Center”. The facilities are simply the best; the water is internationally renowned.