The Black Swamp Rowing Club, new in the area since the spring of 2015, is looking for rowers in grades 8-12 from any school district in northwest Ohio who want to row competitively and be eligible for college scholarships. (Two of the club’s recently graduated seniors earned scholarships!) Practices are held at the Toledo Sailing Club at Walbridge Park, and rowers can take advantage of winter conditioning at the Essence Mind Body Studio in Perrysburg. Coaches Trevor Jones and his wife Kelly, with 11 years of coaching experience, direct the athletes to develop skills and improve cardiovascular strength and endurance. Trainers at the studio work with rowers through yoga, Pilates and specific alignment exercises to keep rowers’ bodies balanced in the sitting position required by the sport. Rowers are reminded that “school comes first and grades are most important,” and coaches teach sportsmanship, respect, and integrity. Rowers typically row as novices their first year, then become varsity rowers. The Club currently has a roster of 13 rowers—Varsity Girls, Varsity Boys, and Novice rowers—and the teams compete in the fall and spring with some summer regattas.
Follow the team on Twitter @blackswamprowin, on Facebook, or at blackswamprowing.com.