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    Row Team Member Headed to National Championships

    May 18, 2010

    A member of University of the Pacific's Deep Water Junior Rowing team is heading to the national championships. Carl Reinke, 16, earned a gold medal at the US Rowing regional championships held in early May in Sacramento.

    Reinke is a member of the Deep Water Juniors, a two-year-old program sponsored by Pacific to offer high school students in San Joaquin County the chance to learn how to row and participate in regional and national sports competitions. The program uses equipment at Pacific at no cost to the students and the coaches volunteer their time to run the program.

    "Community is what this program is all about," said Eric Weir, director of rowing at Pacific. "We are working closely with our national governing body, US Rowing, to expand access to this Olympic sport here in Stockton."

    Reinke, an exchange student from Germany who is attending Venture Academy High School in Stockton, won the Men's single sculls event in a time of 8:42 against strong competition from the six state South West Region and has advanced to the Youth National Championships to be held June 10-12 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    A total of three entries from the team made the finals from Deep Water Juniors, a spectacular feat as the Northern California region is considered one of the most competitive in the nation for rowing competitions. The regional championship was held on the Mother's Day Weekend at Lake Natoma.

    Reinke wasn't the only rower to finish at the top of the field this year. Pacific's college rowing teams earned two top four spots at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association regional competition, also held earlier this month. Pacific's men's team earned a bronze medal in the collegiate lightweight eight division at that event, while the men's 2 person shell without coxswain team finished in fourth place in the Varsity Pair division.

    Besides programs for high school and college students, Pacific's Deep Water Rowing Association also hosts an adult rowing program, the Deep Water Masters.

    For more information about Deep Water Rowing Association, contact Head Coach Eric Weir at eweir@pacific.edu or 209.946.2317.