May 28, 2019—Shaker Heights High School Senior Sophie Calabrese raced to a first place finish on Saturday, May 25 in the Girls Single Sculls at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championship Regatta on Dillon Lake in Nashport, Ohio.
She is the first Shaker Heights High School rower in the team’s 25-year history to win a national championship. Sophie rowed the 1,500 meter course in 6:06.33, edging out second place by .9 seconds. Last October, Sophie finished an impressive fourth in women’s youth single sculls at the prestigious Head of the Charles, a winding 3-mile course on the Charles River in Boston.
Sophie will continue her rowing career this fall as a freshman at the University of Texas, where she will major in music performance. Sophie is a talented musician and has played French horn in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra for the past four years.
This summer, Sophie will attend USRowing’s Under-19 Selection Camp, where she hopes to earn a spot on the Junior National Team, which will represent the USA in August at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Tokyo.