The CJ women's crew members compete as members of the Dayton Boat Club.
Georgia Albino, Kaitlin Blanchard, Gretchen Bruggeman, Erin Carmody, Christian Coleman, Clare Geraghty, Margaret Geraghty, Grace Horner, Sophie Johnson, Lili Kaminski, Olivia Levine, Monica Rains, Lydia Schmitt, Lizzy Schmitt, Abby O'Loughlin, Caitlin O'Loughlin, Elizabeth Sinnathamby, Bridget Miles, Clare Wade, Katie Grismer, Kelsey Jones, Jenna Mathile, Maria Rains
Early Signing Period a Family Affair at CJ (Community Update, 12-1115)
Lure of scholarships fuels rowing clubs (DDN 11-0608)
Club Teams Compete on Campus & in Water (Community Update, 12-0510)
- 2003 Third Place, USRowing National Championships 16-and-under Women’s Eight
- 2006 Eighth Place, Youth National Championships Women’s Four
- 2007 Eighth Place, USRowing National Championships Women’s Four
- 2008, 2009, and 2010, USRowing National Championships Women’s Four, Grand Finalist. (Only program in the country to consistently finish this high)
- USRowing National Scholar-Athlete recipients
- USRowing Junior National Team Selection Camp invitees
- More than one dozen NCAA rowing coaches have attended practices to observe/recruit team members
Former CJ Crew Members Competing in College
- Molly Bruggeman, '10, and Abby Meyers, 09, are on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame.
- Ally Flinn, '10, is on scholarship at Georgetown University.
- Bethany Brun, '07, is on scholarship at Mercyhurst College, winning a NCAA Division II Championship and earning All-American honors.
- Nicole Campbell, '09, is on scholarship at Duquesne University.
- Grace Doepker, '08, Julie Wittmann, '10, Kate Athmer, '05, and Jackie Athmer, '07, are non-scholarship athletes at the University of Dayton.
- Annie Haley, '09, receives admissions aid at the highly selective Williams College, and has won a NCAA Division III Championship.
- Samantha Davidson, '06, is on scholarship at Nova Southeastern University.
- Laken Ethun, '10, is on scholarship at St. Joseph's University.
- Two CJ alumni participate in college club programs.
Exceptionally Qualified Coaches
- NCAA Division 1 Experience
- 2003 A-10 Coach of the Year
- USRowing Development Team Coach
- US National Champion
Head of the Charles Single Champion
- World Trials Finalist
- Continuous 30-minute run capability (no stopping) by November 24.
- Week of November 3: Three times (ie, Monday/Wed/Fri)
- Run (jog/walk-as-needed, no stopping) for 20 minutes. Stretch prior. Situps/scrunches and pushups for your maximum number after run.
- Week of Nov. 10: Three times (ie, Monday/Wed/Fri)
- Run (jog/walk-as-needed, no stopping) for 30 minutes. Stretch prior. Situps/scrunches and pushups for your maximum number after run.
- Weeks of Nov. 17 and Nov 24 : Three times (ie, Monday/Wed/Fri)
- Run (jog/walk-as-needed, no stopping) for 35 minutes. Stretch prior. Situps/scrunches and pushups for your maximum number after run.
- Location: Student Conditioning Center, 77 Eaker Street 45402
- Bring: Signed Waiver and Emergency Medical Forms (download: www.daytonboatclub.org), and non-disposable water bottle.
- Wear: Running shoes, shorts, t-shirt. Bring sweats in case of outdoor running (gloves, hat if needed)
- Attendance: Unless competing in another sport, attendance is expected, although we realize many families are traveling during the holidays. Should you receive information about this after Nov 24, or your other sport commitments require you to start after Nov 24, we encourage you to show at the first session you can make. If your school lets out close to 4 p.m., please show as early as you can.
- Spring season parents meeting: date, time and location
- Website Information
- Coaches Contacts
- January Schedule
- Stretches and core-strengthening exercises
- Snow/weather cancellation policy and notification
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"For me, rowing is synonymous with life. I have been rowing for over ten years and don’t remember life without it. Both in high school and college, rowing kept me in shape, provided a focus for all my daily activities, and challenged me to reach new goals every day. Rowing isn’t just a sport; it’s a life lesson in discipline, courage, and challenging my limits. It has taught me to realize my potential through hard work, time, and dedication, and at the same time is the truest epitome of a team sport, one that relies on perfect synchronization and unity with my teammates.
At CJ and at Mercyhurst, I knew that we rowers were the hardest working athletes because our work ethic spilled over into other areas of our lives and we were successful. Rowing has taught me to name the obstacles in my path and then work to overcome them, which resulted in reaching the ultimate pinnacle of a collegiate athlete, winning an NCAA National Championship, and rewarded me for my academic efforts with the NCAA Elite 88 award. Through this dynamic and incredible sport, I have realized a great deal of my potential, and I know those lessons and friendships will remain with me far beyond my collegiate years."
"If someone had approached me as an eighth grader and told me that not only would I be a member of a nationally ranked high school sports team, but I would go on to continue that sport on a team that wins NCAA Championships perennially, I would have told them they were crazy. I had enjoyed sports in grade school, but didn’t feel as though I had found my sport. My mom suggested crew to me and I haven’t looked back since.
Rowing is a sport that rewards hard work. Whoever makes the boat go fastest is in the best boat. Being a member of DBC taught me that
everything was possible as long as I worked hard enough for it. My junior and senior years of high school I went to USRowing Youth Nationals. We went up against some of the most elite crew teams in the country and proved through the hard work we had put in and the coaching we had received from Mr. Miles, that a small team from Dayton, OH deserved to be there.
My college coach told us that he wanted us to learn as much from rowing as we did in the classroom and I have taken that to heart. Rowing has taught me about the value of collaboration. It is the ultimate team sport and I know my teammates are like my family. They are there for me when I am down and they rejoice with me when I am up. I have learned about my strength, both physical and mental. I now know I am capable of so much more then I ever thought. Crew has taught me so much more than I ever imagined it could."
- Rowing is the country’s oldest intercollegiate sport. The Harvard-Yale race in 1852 was the first time two U.S. colleges competed against each other in any sport.
- We typically train and race in 60-foot-long, 200-lb eight-person boats (shells), although we also row/race in four-person, two-person, and single-person shells.
- Rowing is a full-body workout. If you aren’t yet in good shape, joining the team will get you there!
- CJ offers competitive rowing for boys and girls through the Dayton Boat Club (DBC), an area rowing club offering excellent coaching and competitive training.
- Approximately 30 rowers and coxswains from CJ currently compete on this season’s Dayton Boat Club team
- For those varsity team members who qualify, CJ offers varsity letters.
- Each season our rowing teams compete successfully in regional and national regattas. In 2008 our women’s four finished fourth in the nation; we finished 8th in 2006 and 2007.
- Our success attracts college coaches who regularly contact, visit, and recruit our most committed athletes.
- A number of our members have achieved national-level individual recognition: (USRowing selection camp, USRowing National Team Identification Camp, National Scholar Athlete, NCAA All-American).
- A high-quality staff of dedicated coaches, including former US National Champions, former A-10 Coach of the Year, three former NCAA Division 1 coaches, and USRowing Junior National Team
- Development Camp coaching experience.
- Rowing is for both boys and girls, with members typically joining their freshman year (although interested sophomores and upperclass athletes are also very welcome to try it for the first time).
- No experience is necessary, nor expected.
- Many rowing team members are multi-sport athletes including varsity volleyball players, basketball players, cross country runners, field hockey players, and swimmers. Rowing is a great core strengthening, low impact, full body workout
- Every year we start with novice athletes and help them transform into highly competitive crews.
- Our high school rowing programs are designed to allow our athletes to participate in other seasonal sports. Because of this, we offer many opportunities for interested athletes to join. The primary times of year to begin rowing with CJ are at our Summer Camps and during Winter training.
- Winter training starts typically the first week of December through February at the SCC
- Winter organization meeting is typically the first week of December. Miss the meeting? Contact Mike Bruggeman (firstname.lastname@example.org, 681 3067)
- CJ recognizes the spring as the team’s season. The spring is the primary rowing season, which lasts from March to mid-May, but can extend into early June if a boat qualifies for Nationals.
- Training for the spring season begins in the winter. The first indoor workouts starting at the end of November. Those in other sports are exempt from winter training.
- Rowing can be accomplished - weather-permitting - year-round. DBC has fall and summer programs for those who wish to row during those times.
- Our on-the-water rowing happens on the 5-mile stretch of the Great Miami River from Moraine to West Carrollton. Our boathouse is on River Road near the I-75 Dryden exit.
- Our indoor training during winter is held at the University of Dayton Indoor Rowing Facility Stonemill.
- CJ does not offer transportation, although most participants carpool.
- Because the equipment and facilities costs are so high (a new boat can surpass $30,000), we must charge participation fees. Fee information is provided at the winter parent’s meeting.
- Separate CJ participation fees are also required.