PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The City of Champions is at it again.

A proclamation at Pittsburgh City Council Tuesday morning honored a national championship effort by Central Catholic High School Crew.

“Whereas Central Catholic Crew captured first place in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America Championships competing against other high school teams and solidified the team’s first national gold medal in its 20-year history,” Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto said.

With those words, July 23 was deemed Central Catholic Crew Day in the City of Pittsburgh after the Vikings won the national championship in crew back in May.

“Crew is something not a lot of kids have done before coming to Central and that was the case for me as well. I picked it up in the fall of my freshman year and I stuck with it all the way through the spring of my senior year,” Austin Adomitis said.

“That was almost surreal for me hard for me to have so many great people come before and then be the guy or one of the guys who captures the championship is, it’s hard to put into words,” Nic Jedema said.

So is the amount of work the team put in.

“It’s a really addictive sport. I like the dedication that’s required, I like the competitiveness. So much of it is just a part of me now,” David McFall said.

After winning it all, the unity among the team members remains very strong.

“It’s your family, not just the boat, but the entire team. Some of my best friends I made freshman year, I mean, they are standing right there. They are my best friends and they are going to be for life,” Liam Garrity said.


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