The Chaminade Julienne men’s and women’s rowers put the finishing touches on one of the most successful springs in program history by setting new team bests at the USRowing Youth National Championships.
“This year is by far our biggest number of qualifying boats and athletes,” said Mike Miles, head coach.
A total of five boats and 14 CJ students were among more than 360 crews from 30 states who qualified to compete on the water June 7-9 at the national competition at Melton HIll Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The field was the largest in the event’s history. Nonetheless, the Eagles turned in one of their better all-around performances.
Since 2006, CJ rowers have recorded a single top 10 finish at nationals in seven of the last eight seasons. This season, a program best two boats finished in the top 10 -- the women’s 4+ boat with Eagles Grace Horner ‘14 and Gretchen Bruggeman ‘13 finished 10th (7:45.94), and the all-CJ women’s lightweight 4 boat with Erin Carmody ‘15, Kaitlin Blanchard ‘14, Lydia Schmitt ‘13 and Clare Geraghty ‘13 finished ninth (7:54.84).
Additionally, the all-CJ women’s lightweight 8 boat with classmates Margaret Geraghty ‘15, Georgia Albino ‘15, Sophie Johnson ‘15, Abby O'Loughlin ‘15, Lizzy Schmitt ‘15, Elizabeth Sinnathamby ‘15, Caitlin O'Loughlin ‘13, and Monica Rains finished 18th (7:28.61). On the men’s side, the lightweight double with Zach Thomas ‘14 and Tony Bogard ‘13 finished 17th (7:20.93).
CJ men’s and women’s rowers and coxswains compete under the Dayton Boat Club. The program has produced at least one college signee from Chaminade Julienne every year since 2006, including most recently 2013 graduates Lydia Schmitt (University of Charleston) and Gretchen Bruggeman (Notre Dame).