Eagles Qualify For Rowing Nationals

Update: On Friday, June 12, Cannon Hill came in fifth in his heat. Sophie Johnson and Kathryn Grismer placed fifth in their heat and advanced to the C Finals on Sunday. During those finals, the pair finished in the third place for 15th place overall in the competition. Congratulations to all participants!

Road to Nationals

Three Eagles represented CJ when the Dayton Boat Club traveled to Sarasota, Florida for the U.S. Rowing Youth Nationals, June 12-14.

Cannon Hill '15 qualified for the men's lightweight youth 2x race, while Sophie Johnson '15 and Kathryn Grismer '16 competed together in the women's youth 2 race. This was Hill and Grismer's first time participating in the national competition, but was the third trip to Nationals for Johnson.

"It feels good to be going to Nationals," Johnson said. "I'm glad I can represent CJ in this competition."

Grismer expressed she's excited to participate in Nationals for the first time, and has the goal to come back her senior year.

"I love being out on the water, it's so peaceful but I also enjoy the thrill of racing," Grismer said.

CJ men's and women's rowers and coxswains have a strong history with the Dayton Boat Club, with many former Eagle members choosing to continue the sport in college. Johnson, who will be attending St. Mary's College in the fall, said the school does not have a rowing team, so she knew participating in Nationals would be her last competition.

"I love rowing and knowing that it's my last race is bittersweet," Johnson conveyed. "I'm going to miss rowing; I'm going to miss the coaches."

Dayton Boat Club Assistant Coach Mitch Vossler shared a similar sentiment. "I really enjoy coaching them. It's a work hard, play hard sport and they work hard. They still have a good time and that's always fun to be around.

"I'm very proud of all of them and the work they have put in to be here. It's been hard work up to this point and to see the work they have put in pay off is very rewarding."

Hill ageed about the work the team as a whole puts in and the accomplishments they made.  "I would encourage anyone thinking about joining crew to go for it; it is a very satisfying sport."