The BHS lightweight coxed four, following the regional race that qualified them for the national championships. Photo: Signe Henderson

A crew from the only public high school team west of the Mississippi, Berkeley High, took bronze in the national championships in Oak Ridge, Tennessee yesterday. The men’s lightweight coxed four finished 0.28 seconds out of the silver medal position (less than a canvas behind), and 2.27 seconds (about a boat length) behind the winner, Sammamish from Redmond, WA.

Eighteen lightweight fours qualified for the nationals. The Yellow Jackets had two heats and a semifinal to get into the Sunday finals. Temperatures throughout the national championships were in the 90s and humid, with thunderstorms in the area.

The four are sophomore Lucas Bell at stroke, junior Ian Pengra at three, senior Daniel Remler at two and junior Kevin Meador in the bow seat. Hannah Lukanuski, a senior, coxed the crew.

Berkeley High’s crew team has qualified for national championships seven times since 2000.

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  1. There used to be an average, but now the rule seems to be the one you quoted, at all age levels. See

  2. I was curious what lightweight meant; according to Wikipedia:
    In the Junior category, the following limits apply as of spring 2011:

    Men: No rower over 160 lb.Can anyone help me out here; is there a boat average at this level?

  3. Congratulations! It sounds like a nail-biter of a finish.  I can only begin to imagine the commitment, effort and sacrifice that contributed to these athletes to the championships.  Proud that Berkeley was represented so well.  (And really amazed by that “only public high school team west of the Mississippi” part.)