On Saturday, April 8th, the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club hosted 21 crews from throughout the Midwest, South and Southwest for the Cincinnati High School Invitational at Lake Harsha and East Fork State Park. St. Xavier Varsity and Novice rowers earned six golds and one silver in seven Grand Finals for a strong start of the 2017 Spring Season. Congratulations to all of the rowers for a successful day on the water!
CJRC travels to Westerville, Ohio on April 22nd for The Hoover Regatta where they will race crews from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, New York and West Virginia.
In September, the Rowing Team welcomed 12 St. X novices. They join the 20 returning St. X varsity rowers at Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club, where St. X rowers make up approximately 60% of the men’s teams.
Both the novice and varsity teams had exceptional fall competition seasons. During the fall, regattas take the form of Head Races, or time-trial competitions, where rowers start sequentially by event and race against the clock to complete the course in the shortest time.
The novices debuted at the Head of the Hidden Dragon, where they placed 1st and 3rd in their 4+ races and again 1st and 3rd in their 8+ races.
Varsity rowers competed on 10/8 at the Columbus Fall Classic under less than desirable weather conditions. 20+mph winds from the north during most of the day caused swells that tipped and swamped the 4+ boats, sending rowers into the water for ½ hour or more. Most of the races were cancelled. However, the decision was made to race the 8+ boats and St. X rowers took 1st in Lightweight 8, 2nd in Varsity 8, and 1st in JV 8.
Conditions were ideal on 10/29 at the Blake Haxton Fall Invitational, where rowers from 8 states competed in a 5K “Henley” Head race competition. In the 9 events entered, St. X rowers dominated the competition taking home 7 golds, 3 silvers, and 1 bronze. Novices also competed at this race and added to the winnings with a silver and a bronze.
The final competition of the fall season, the Head of the Hooch, took place on 11/5-11/6 in Chattanooga, TN. This huge event is the 2nd largest regatta in the country, with over 200 organizations from 27 states and Canada racing 2000+ boats. Our rowers were amazing. Out of 75 boats, Men’s Youth 4+ boats took 6th (F. Vieth, G. Mahama, L. Havinghurst) and 18th (M. Poon, H. Beckmeyer, T. Wenk,) In the Men’s Youth 8+ race, we took Silver (C. Reid, C Kwiecinski, A. Sizemore, N. Hutchins, B. O’Rourke, T. Wenk), 13th ( S. Lorio, P. Burleigh, N. Klesa, S. Graumlich, R. Wenk, F. Vieth), and 26th (P. Klesa, E. Bayer, D. Ariestanto) out of 63 boats. On Sunday, Men’s Youth Lightweight 4+ won Silver (S. Graumlich, N. Klesa, T. Wenk) and Men’s Youth Lightweight 8+ won Gold (C. Reid, H. Beckmeyer, R. Wenk, F. Vieth.) This was an extraordinary finish to the fall competition season.
The rowers will continue to row outdoors on the Licking and Ohio Rivers until winter settles in. At that point they move indoors to the Montgomery Inn Boathouse to work on their erg scores and condition for the spring regatta season.
St. X Varsity Rowers at Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club had an outstanding finish to the 2015-16 year. At USRowing Youth Nationals in West Windsor, New Jersey in June, St. X rowers in the boys lightweight and varsity eights finished 5th and 7th. In July, USRowing Club Nationals were held at East Fork Lake. Over 1,800 athletes from all over the US, Canada, and even Nassau took part in these 5 day national championship races. St. X rowers won gold in the Intermediate lightweight 4+ and silver in the Intermediate lightweight 8+.
The 2016-17 rowing season begins for Varsity rowers on September 7th. Regattas begin on October 8th with the Columbus Fall Classic.
An Open House for new members will take place on September 14th at 7pm at the CJRC Boathouse. Anyone interested in rowing or coxing is invited to attend. Pleas see www.cjrc.us for more information.
St. X rowers made time in their busy summer schedules to volunteer. In June, members took part in River Sweep helping clean up the banks of the Ohio River. Last weekend, rowers participated in the Dragon Boat Festival. They manned the Mercedes Benz-sponsored dragon boat benefitting Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The 40 foot boat held 18 rowers, a steers person and a drummer. The rowers dominated the race and had a lot of fun.
The Varsity Crew team represented thru Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (CJRC) traveled to Saratoga, NY to compete in the Saratoga Invite over the April 23rd and 24th weekend. The Saratoga Invitational is America's largest spring race featuring 10 lanes of 1500 meter racing and attracts the top crews of the Northeast. It is classified as a clash of titans as the scholastic teams and non-scholastic teams race head to head for an early season peek at the high school rowing landscape. There were 56 teams represented and over 1300 entries for the multiple races. The CJRC were represented in the open weight and light weight races in the 8+ and 4+ crews. It was an impressive showing for CJRC as all of the crews made it to the grand finals and they were the only crew to place in all of the boys finals.
The First Varsity 8 plus cox took Gold while the Second Varsity and Third Varsity also took Gold in their races. The light weight 4 plus cox took Gold as well. The First Varsity 4 plus cox took silver as did the Second Varsity 4 plus cox. The First Varsity 4 plus cox B crew took bronze.
The Novice team will travel to Tennessee this weekend to compete in the Dogwood Regatta.
The St. Xavier/CJRC Crew team qualified three boats for the Youth National Championships in Florida on the weekend of June 12-14 and competed at the highest level very well. The lightweight 4+ boat finished 1st place in the nation. The St. Xavier student athletes on that boat included senior Karl Quilligan and juniors John Robison and Andrew Seta. The 4+ boat finished in 4th place in the nation and the student athletes on that boat included seniors William Burleigh and Nick Groh and junior Kyle Reed. The 8+ boat finished in 9th place at nationals and that boat included seniors Chris TenEyck, TJ Waterkotte and John Wenk and juniors Benjamin Capannari, Nick Needham, John Schenk and Andrew Sizemore. The team will miss the strong core of seniors that have graduated but thank them for their dedication and hard work to build the St. Xavier/CJRC Crew team into a national contender.
St. Xavier rowers competed in The Midwest Regional Junior Rowing Championships this weekend at Harsha Lake, Bethel, Ohio. Competing were 37 teams representing 9 states. St. Xavier rowers were very successful winning multiple races including 8 gold medals, breaking 3 course records, and once again bringing home the team trophy. They have qualified 3 boats for the US Rowing Junior National Championships which will be held June 12-14 in Sarasota, Florida.
The St. Xavier/CJRC boys Varsity 8 boat was invited to race in the prestigious Windermere Cup in Seattle at the University of Washington. They raced against boats from Canada and the Pacific Northwest. They won the race in a record breaking time of 5:55:00 (no high school team had ever broken the 6 minute time). Their time beat not only the high school teams, but colleges as well. The only college level teams to beat their time at this race was The University of Washington (ranked #4 in the country) and the New Zealand National team (hoping to make the Olympics for their country. They are 21-27 years old). They are looking to race well at their next regatta which is the Midwest Regional Regatta May 16-17 at Eastfork Lake in Batavia, OH as they hope to qualify to make it to Nationals in Sarasota, FL June 12-14.