Eagles to Compete in National Rowing Competition

Update: Congratulations to the Eagles who competed in the USRowing Youth National Championships. The women's lightweight 4+ placed 11th overall and the women's open 4+ placed third overall. 

First Report: Five Eagles will represent CJ and Dayton as members of the Dayton Boat Club when they compete in the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships June 8-10 on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California.

“We’re excited, but nervous,” Lainey Groll, Aubrey Trimbach, Riley Ferdelman, Kyla Boehringer and Grace Blust all shared.

“There is definitely a lot of competition,” Trimbach added.

For most of the rowers, the sport is something they have been only doing for a short time.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s as much if not more a mental game than physical one,” Ferdelman said.

Groll, Trimbach, Ferdelman, Boehringer and student from Carroll all qualified for the women’s lightweight 4.

“I’m a coxswain, so I yell at the group,” Groll laughed. “But it’s more encouraging and motivational than anything else.”

Blust is the sole CJ representative in the women’s open 4. Her cousin, Molly Bruggeman ‘10, who is a member of the US Rowing team, has been on the same waterway before.

“It’s nice because I can get a lot of advice from my family since they have raced on this course,” Blust said.

Both Blust and Boehringer said they would consider continuing to row after CJ.

“I’m not looking at colleges who have rowing teams necessarily but if they do, I’ll want to consider joining,” Boehringer shared.

As for the immediate future, all five Eagles said they have their eyes set for the top spot in California.

Good luck to all competitors!

Posted June 6, 2018, Updated June 11, 2018