The United States Rowing Association is pleased to announce that the 2015 USRowing Club National Championships will be held July 15-19, 2015, in Bethel, Ohio, 25 miles east of Cincinnati. Hosted by Clermont Crew, the event will take place on Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park, in Clermont County.
PRINCETON, N.J. — The United States Rowing Association is pleased to announce that the 2015 USRowing Club National Championships will be held July 15-19, 2015, in Bethel, Ohio, 25 miles east of Cincinnati. Hosted by Clermont Crew, the event will take place on Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park, in Clermont County.
The venue is no stranger to national championship regattas; Harsha Lake was the home of the USRowing Youth National Championships from 1995-2010, and the National Collegiate Rowing Championships from 1983 -1996. In addition to collegiate dual races already run this spring, it will host the Cincinnati Regatta, Cincinnati High School Invitational, Midwest Junior Rowing Championships and the Head of the Hidden Dragon in the fall.
The USRowing Club National Championships has seen significant growth over the past several years and has become one of the largest summer regattas in the country, featuring five full days of racing and more than 1,500 crews. This year’s event is scheduled for July 16-20, 2014, on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
"It is great to have Harsha Lake back on the national scene. The new energy from the programs and local governments is really encouraging,” said USRowing Events Manager AJ Dominique.
“Those resources are what have allowed us to bring this event to the area and continue the momentum for revitalizing the venue. At the end of the day, there are not many seven-lane racecourses in the country. It is exciting to see this one back in the spotlight."
“We are absolutely thrilled to have USRowing back at East Fork State Park and Harsha Lake,” said Paul Schmid, head coach for Clermont Crew and a director of the Clermont County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau
. “It’s really gratifying to have this superb body of water once again among the top rowing destinations in the U.S. We look forward to putting on a special and memorable event for our visitors.”
Schmid explained that the revival of the East Fork Harsha Lake venue has been a model collaborative effort among numerous interested parties.
“The venue is ultimately owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, leased to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and managed by our local rowing community, so real cooperation is absolutely critical,” he said. “Those organizations, along with with our local economic development agencies, our dynamic county commission and our legislative delegation, have really worked together to make this happen.”
“The commitment displayed by the rowing community here in Clermont County was instrumental in securing this great event,” said Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer
. “We are happy to have so many local partners as we take this opportunity to showcase one of Ohio’s state parks on a national stage.” David Uible, Clermont County Commissioner
, added, “We’re thrilled to see East Fork and Harsha Lake back in action with the 2015 USRowing Club Nationals, and we’re really looking forward to starting a bright new chapter in the venue’s history.” ABOUT USROWING
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ABOUT CLERMONT CREW
Initially begun as a small boat pilot program of the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club in 2000, Clermont Crew is entering its 14th year of independent operation at the James E. Sauls, Sr. Water Sports Center within East Fork State Park. Throughout, it has offered four-season training and a cooperative spring scholastic program with Clermont County schools, as well as parochial and private schools in the area. Clermont athletes have won numerous national championship medals and have competed internationally in Mexico, Canada, and in events throughout the Midwestern and eastern United States. For more information, visit www.clermontcrew.net
Allison Frederick, USRowing Communications Director, 609.751.0710, Allison@usrowing.org
Paul A. Schmid, Clermont Crew, 513.545.6644, email@example.com