4 Cleveland high school rowing teams head to nationals

Four Cleveland high schools are competing in the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championships this weekend.

Magnificat, Saint Joseph Academy, Shaker Heights and St. Ignatius will among the 556 boats from 185 schools racing on a 1,500-meter course in the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey, on Friday and Saturday.

The Magnificat crew team was founded in 2016 and is already headed to nationals. (The Foundry)

St. Ignatius and Shaker Heights practice out of the nonprofit Cleveland Rowing Foundation boathouse in Rivergate Park, next to Merwin’s Wharf. Magnificat and Saint Joseph are across Columbus Road at the nonprofit Foundry.

Crew teams can quality in different events, for one, two, four or eight rowers, who work as a team to power a 200-pound, 60-foot shell through the water. Here’s what each school is taking to the regatta.

Magnificat: Girls Varsity 8

Saint Joseph Academy: Girls Varsity 4 and Girls Varsity Lightweight 4

Shaker Heights: Girls JV 4

St. Ignatius: Boys

The Saint Joseph Academy crew team is headed to nationals. (The Foundry)

Freshman 8, Boys JV 8, Boys Lightweight Varsity 4, and Boys Lightweight Varsity 8

You can follow results live here.

“In sailing and rowing, Cleveland is being recognized as producing athletes that compete and win regionally as well as nationally,” said Tim McKenna of the Foundry. “Hopefully, this will bring more kids to enjoy the water.”
 
The St. Ignatius crew program, which was founded in 1989, has become a regular entrant at National Championship regattas. Saint Joseph Academy and Shaker Heights are qualifying more frequently as well. This is the first championship regatta for Magnificat, which started in 2016.

The association was founded in 1935 as the Schoolboy Rowing Association of America. The championship regatta has been held every year since, with the first girls competition in 1974.

Shaker Heights High has varsity crew team — 1 of 2 at public Ohio high schools

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