Author cheers rowers on way to Nationals

Daniel James Brown, author of the national bestseller, “The Boys in the Boat,” aims for “No. 1” with San Diego rowers who will compete at U.S. Rowing’s Youth National Championships in Sacramento from June 13 to June 15.

Brown met the junior rowers, who represent the San Diego Rowing Club (Jillian Renly, Marissa Gibson, Mariko Kelly, and Sarah Hoskin) after speaking at the Point Loma Library on June 4.

The SDRC rowers are aiming for a first-place finish at Nationals, while Brown is aiming for a No. 1 finish on the national paperback bestseller list. The Varsity Women earned coveted spots to compete in three national races — the quadruple sculls division, the women’s double, and the women’s pairs.

Gibson is a senior at La Jolla High School and Hoskin is a senior at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in San Diego. Kelly, of Del Mar, is a junior at La Jolla Country Day School, and Renly is a sophomore at University City High School.

For more on the rowing club, contact SDRC Director of Rowing Chris Callaghan at or 858-488-1893.