Eagles' Rower Earns Gold Wings

Chaminade Julienne rower Lydia Schmitt earned her gold wings May 2, signing a National Letter of Intent to join the Golden Eagles crew team at the University of Charleston.

Schmitt intends to study nursing at the private, NCAA Division II college in Charleston, W. Va. She will compete in the newly-created Mountain East Conference for the 2013-14 school year as part of the university’s transition out of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

The CJ senior first started competing on the water with the Dayton Boat Club (DBC) in 7th grade. During her junior season last year, she was named the team’s most improved rower and was part of the Eagles’ lightweight four boat that placed sixth in the 2012 USRowing Youth Nationals competition.

CJ men’s and women’s crew athletes compete as members of the DBC, under the direction of coaches Mike and Trish Miles. The program has produced at least one college signee from Chaminade Julienne every year since 2006. Earlier this fall, fellow senior Gretchen Bruggeman signed with Notre Dame.

The Eagles next take to the water May 18-19 at the Midwest Junior Championships on Harha Lake, located in East Fork State Park near Cincinnati.