Go, Capital!

Our Mission

The Capital Crew Boosters Club supports our athletes and coaches, promoting excellence in a competitive rowing program that emphasizes the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect in a way that extends beyond the boundaries of our club.

Capital Crew History

Capital Crew is the oldest established junior rowing program in Sacramento. It was created through a collaborative effort between the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, the Lake Natoma Rowing Association (LNRA) and former athletes of the Sacramento State rowing club. Dave Hayashi and John Aquino (SAC ST oars), and Craig Perez (first director of the Aquatic Center) came together and figured out a way to allow high school-aged students access to Sacramento State University facility and equipment. The program was administered by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and Capital Crew used rowing equipment owned by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center and LNRA.

Dave and John were successful in recruiting athletes 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 Natomas. Capital truly is representative of the greater Sacramento Area.

As the team expanded, and LNRA joined into the Sacramento State Aquatic Center, the need to find more equipment and water time resulted in a shift from early morning practice to after school. With that change, even more athletes enthusiastically joined the ranks.

Capital Crew is proud to represent Sacramento’s region in our name. Wanting to have a unique name for the juniors’ rowing program (instead of Sac State Juniors), the first crew settled on the name “Capital Crew.” As pointed out by founding member Sarah Aquino, it is spelled with an “a” not an “o” meaning the city not the building.

The Associated Students of Sacramento State University operates the Aquatic Center, which is known as a “boating instruction and safety center” by the Department of Boating and Waterways. Part of this instructional mission includes coach training. Many coaches of our toughest competition have started their coaching careers as Capital coaches. Other coaches who started with Capital Crew are now coaching at the collegiate level.

Join Us

Capital Crew trains from September to mid-May and competes against thirty-two other junior rowing programs on the West Coast in Novice and Varsity divisions. Capital Crew athletes compete in sweep and sculling boats, individually or with crews of two, four, or eight rowers. The facilities are simply the best; the water is internationally renowned, and with the support of our Capital Crew Booster Club we row in the finest equipment.

Capital crew is perfect for athletes age 13 or older through senior year in high school who are interested in learning to row and competing in this Olympic sport run by the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.

Capital Crew Boosters

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Capital Crew is the Elite Junior Rowing Program at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center.

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Contact 💬

Capital Crew Boosters Club
PO Box 2031
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

[email protected]

The Boathouse 🚣

Sacramento State Aquatic Center
1901 Hazel Ave
Gold River, CA 95670

Our Mission 🤲

The Capital Crew Boosters Club supports our athletes and coaches, promoting excellence in a competitive rowing program that emphasizes the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect in a way that extends beyond the boundaries of our club.

Ways to Support 

The Capital Crew Boosters, a 501(c) nonprofit organization, has earned the Candid-Guidestart Gold Seal of Transparency so our benefactors can confidently support our work with trust and confidence.