Rowing » Alameda

When they compete » July 28

Cal's Mike Teti had left the national coaching ranks after the Beijing Games to take over the rowing program at Berkeley. But when the Americans failed to qualify in the prestigious men's eight at the World Championships last year, U.S. Rowing officials called Teti for help. After all, he guided the United States to an Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004 and a bronze in Beijing in 2008. He also has led the U.S. eights to nine world championships, including a three-year streak from 1997 to 1999. Teti took up the challenge in November by creating a rowing center on a narrow stretch of water separating Oakland and Alameda. He trained rowers for six months and helped the crew earn the final berth to the Olympics. The men's eight hopes to challenge for a medal at the Eton Dorney Rowing Centre west of London. The crew's coxswain is Zach Vlahos of Piedmont, who competed for Teti at Cal. The boat has twins just like in '08. But Grant and Ross James of DeKalb, Ill., don't carry the same cachet as Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who competed in Beijing. The latter two gained celebrity for claiming Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook.

The team: Zach Vlahos (Piedmont, Cal ), Grant James, David Banks (Stanford), Steve Kasprzyk, Jake Cornelius (Stanford), Brett Newlin, Ross James, Will Miller, Giuseppe Lanzone

OTHER ROWERS WITH BAY AREA CONNECTIONS

Men's Single Sculls » Ken Jurkowski, Lafayette

Men's Pair » Silas Stafford, Stanford

Lightweight Men's Four » Anthony Fahden, Lafayette

Men's Four » Scott Gault, Piedmont

Men's Quadruple Sculls » Alex Osborne, Stanford; Elliot Hovey, Cal; Wes Piermarini, Alameda