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Racing Season Starts For Eagles

Paul Wittmann, Writer

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Full disclaimer – I am a member of Chaminade Julienne’s rowing team.

DAYTON, OH – Chaminade Julienne’s rowing team is well into their racing season and is preparing for one of the biggest club regattas in the country, the Head of the Hooch. This Saturday and Sunday will see 11 CJ students competing in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Rowers from CJ make up a good portion of the Dayton Boat Club, which also includes students from Centerville, Oakwood, Carroll, Alter, and other local schools. They have already scrimmaged the Great Miami Crew in Hamilton and raced in the Speakmon Memorial Regatta in Columbus.

At the Speakmon, junior Grace Blust and senior Brianna Gracey took home a gold medal from the women’s eight. Grace earned another gold in the women’s four. Brody Taylor and I won a bronze medal in the boy’s four and I also took home a silver from the boy’s quad.

Fall season rowing is different from the rowing that comes to the mind of many people. Dead-straight, 2000-meter courses with seven lanes are raced in the spring and summer – the rowing shown in the Olympics. These take about 6-8 minutes to complete. Head races, on the other hand, are three miles (~4800 meters) and include any turns that are part of the river it is on. These can vary from 16-18 minutes. Junior Elena Muir elaborates: “I love the fall rowing season and the 5K races.  They are longer and more challenging than the spring 2Ks.  You really have to dig deep to finish strong and medal.”

Elena definitely reflects the team’s excitement: “I’m thrilled to compete in the 2nd largest regatta in the US.  I look forward to challenging myself against some of the best teams in the nation.”

CJ and DBC alumnus Brandon Singleton ‘16 explained rowing in one of his LSJ articles two years ago if you want more information about the sport here in Dayton. Follow @DaytonBoatClub and @LudlowStJournal on Twitter.

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