Clermont rowing teams enjoy successful season

July 12th, 2007    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

The competitive season has come to a successful conclusion for the Clermont Rowing Crew.

The team includes Justin Abbott, Milford High School junior; Shawn Allen, Amelia junior; Beth Bell, Batavia freshman; Emalee Bloss, Amelia sophomore; Nathan Borowitz, Anderson sophomore; Rachel Bowling, Batavia senior; Hope Bowman, New Richmond freshman; Brittany Bushelman, Amelia sophomore; Justin Chandler, McNicholas sophomore; Nick Childs, Amelia junior; Quinton Clark, Amelia sophomore; Brenna Clifton, Milford freshman; Alexis Debell, Milford sophomore; James Earnest, Amelia senior; Angela Eaton, Bethel-Tate senior; Jordan Engel, Miami Valley Christian junior; Jeremy Forbes, Amelia junior; Chase Gleason, New Richmond freshman; Andy Grachek, Glen Este junior; Brittany Hall, New Richmond senior; Ben Hershey, Milford junior; Mickenzie Hughes, New Richmond sophomore; Jo Jeelani, Batavia seventh grader; Jessica Lucas, Batavia senior; Austin Marx, Milford junior; Andy Montgomery, Amelia senior; Rebekah Moody, home school freshman; Emily Motz, Glen Este junior; Katie O’Leary, Amelia sophomore; Lauren Petalver, New Richmond freshman; Leslie Siegman, Amelia sophomore; Cameron Smith, home school eighth grader; Claire Stegman, McNicholas sophomore; Matt Turner, Amelia senior; and Alexis Wharton, Amelia sophomore.

“We had a successful season,” said Clermont Crew assistant coach Amy Condrey who teaches health at Amelia High School.

Four members of the Clermont Crew were recently awarded $500 scholarships presented in the name of Matt Maupin, a former member of the Clermont County program. Matt
She pointed out that Brittany Hall and Jessica Lucas qualified for the Youth National Championships.

"We have different kids from different schools and that provides us with a good variety of kids. (Head coach) Pedro (Palacios) and I are happy that the number of kids on the team has been improving. We're getting kids from home schools and junior high schools now, too."

Four of the Clermont Crew's high school seniors were each presented with a $500 Matt Maupin Scholarship. The presentation took place at the Matt Maupin Welcome Pavilion that is located on the Tate Beach of East Fork State Park. Maupin is a former member of the Clermont Crew. Those awarded were Rachel Bowling, Brittany Hall, Jessica Lucas, and Matt Turner.

This season was the first for a Masters (adult) team. Condrey noted that the members of the Masters team have been a superb support for the prep team.

The Masters themselves recently competed in Columbus, Ohio, at the Master's-Only Regatta, also known as the Columbus Midwest Sprints. Their coaches were very proud of the Masters' success since they have only been together for just three months.

The women's quad (4x) of Joni Castle, Jan Feldhues, Lynne Graves, and Kathy Jett earned a silver medal with a time of 4-minutes, 3-seconds as did the men's doubles (2x) of John Faubion and Steve Hughes with a time of 4:10. Graves was runner-up in the women's singles in 4:05.

As a team, the Clermont Masters Crew finished ninth among the 14 competing teams, a respectable finish for a team in its first-ever meet.

The next event for the Clermont team will be July 15 on an invitation from the Cincinnati Rowing team. This will be a scrimmage on the historic Licking River in northern Kentucky. This is regarded as a cross town sprint off.

The members of the Masters team includes Joni Castle, Erica Daulton, John Faubion, Jan Feldhues, Matthew Glassmeyer, Lynne Graves, Lissa Heekin, Brenda Hughes, Steve Hughes, Karii Jeelani, Kathy Jett, Beth Lucas, Tami McKinney, Mary Taylor, and Lisa Turner. Condrey is the coach of this squad, too, and a competing member.

If considering becoming a member of the Clermont County Crew, please contact

The next event for the Clermont Crew will be the first Clermont Crew Dance that will take place from 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. July 13 at the Turkey Ridge Shelter on the Bantam side of East Fork State Park. Music will be provided by Karaoke Klassics. There will be special requests honored, horse shoe pits, line dancing, a fire pit, raffles, door prizes, and food and drink.

The event is being sponsored by The Masters team.

The cost is $5 per person or $20 per car. For more information, please contact a member of the crew team.
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