The Great Miami Rowing Center 4-woman team recently competing in nationals in Florida were, from left, coxswain Caroline Bishop (15), Anna Hodge (15), Sylvia Ferraro (18), Lorelei Langmeyer (14), and Alanna Schlaeger (17). PROVIDED

Team from Hamilton competes in national competition as their club grows

Although they didn’t medal, “seeing our girls run away with it after a sub-par recharge, it was the perfect ending to my first spring as head coach,” Pete Rosberg, who also coaches the University of Cincinnati’s Rowing Club, wrote in the club newsletter.

The winning team members, including the coxswain, who sets the rowing pace, were Caroline Bishop (15), Anna Hodge (15), Sylvia Ferraro (18), Lorelei Langmeyer (14), and Alanna Schlaeger (17).

Meanwhile, “Our summer kids are killing it,” said Jenn Effinger-Damron, as the club’s members prepared to compete at a regatta at East Fork State Park in Clermont County.

FROM 2016: What it’s like to row on the Great Miami River….

The club offers an array of rowing and other boating activities for various ages, with plans to soon add adaptive rowing for the handicapped. Here are some of the activities that are offered, with rowing on the Great Miami River in Hamilton. People can register at

  • The Competitive Youth Race Team is for middle-school and high-school students, ages 12 through 18. People should register by Aug. 19. To start, rowers compete against other novice rowers for the first year, while the varsity team competes against others from the Midwest and across the country. Scholarships are available for those wanting to participate who can’t afford the full costs.
  • Adult (Masters) Rowing is available to people from age 21 to 80-plus. Just like youth teams, they practice on the Great Miami River. Athletes can compete throughout the year or just work on their physical fitness.
  • CardioRow classes, where people work out on the indoor rowing machines at the Great Miami Rowing Center complex, are offered Mondays at 11 a.m.; Tuesdays at 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.; and Thursdays at 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. The classes cost $8 for a single session; $25 for five sessions bought in advance; or $35 for a bundle of 10 sessions purchased in advance.
  • Adaptive Rowing program details are still being worked out, but the organization notes, “true to our mission, we are committed to assisting anyone who desires to explore the Great Miami River, regardless of physical ability.”
  • Learn-to-Row summer camp will happen the week of July 22 for high-school students only; and the week of July 29, for both middle-school and high-school students. There still are openings.
  • Free kayaking is available Thursday evenings during concerts at the RiversEdge amphitheater in Marcum Park, from when the concerts start until about 8:30 p.m.
  • “Paddle Daze” will happen Mondays from 6-7 p.m. The club will provide kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, life jackets and river access. The costs are $8 for people who drop in, $25 for people who buy a five-session bundle in advance, and $35 for a 10-session bundle. For people who have their own kayaks who just want to launch, the cost is $2.
  • The club also has applied to be a site that offers children free food and snacks during its practice times, as an attraction for neighboring kids who also might like to learn to row.

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For more information, call 513-892-4672 or email

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