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Jack Kelley To Attend Harvard - Thursday, February 27, 2014

On National SIgning Day, Jack Kelley of Ponte Vedra High School made it official that he would be attending and rowing for Harvard University starting next fall.

Photos of a recent article about Jack are shown below.


Jacksonville Rowing Club Scullers Win National Championship - Sunday, June 9, 2013

Competing over three days, June 7-9, at the USRowing Youth National Championships on Melton Hill Lake, in Oak Ridge, TN, the Jacksonville Rowing Club’s Men’s Youth Double entry of Jack Kelley and John Gangi finished first among the 19 entrants that qualified to compete for the national championship.  Jack Kelley also finished fourth in the Men’s Youth Single.


Bob Schumacher, Jacksonville Rowing Club’s sculling coach, commented “What was particularly impressive about the boys’ win in the double was that before each race in the double, Jack competed in his singles event.  After his singles race, he would get out of one boat, hop into another, and head back to the starting line.  Jack and John principally trained rowing in singles and they pushed each other hard every day in practice, so I was confident of their stamina.  While they had not spent much time training together in the double, they blended together quite nicely.  It was gratifying to seethe boys do so well, given how hard they worked all year.”


Both Kelley and Gangi have been invited to the USRowing Junior National Selection Camp in Seattle, WA. Both hope to be competing later this summer at the World Rowing JuniorChampionships in Trakai, Lithuania. 


Scullers from Jacksonville Rowing Club have now won a USRowing National Championship in each of the last three years. 

From left: Jack Kelley, coach Bob Schumacher, and John Gangi


JRC Runners Conquer the Gate River Run - Monday, March 12, 2012


On Saturday, March 10th, at least 19 JRC members traded their oars for running shoes and competed in the 35th annual GATE River Run. Runners on the 15,000 meter course filled downtown Jacksonville streets, traversed quaint residential neighborhoods and twice crossed over the scenic St Johns River. On the second, and more challenging, river crossing, one JRC runner was heard to lament, “This is worse than rowing back from the Landing into a headwind against the current.”
Leading the pack among the JRC runners over the 15k course were Susan Fraser and Dudley Deshommes, both finishing in less than 75 minutes. Other members and their times are listed below:
Adelina Anderson            1:40:06
Dana Ballinger                 1:58:23
Marley Brown                  1:44:36
David Childers                 1:59:42   
Dudley Deshommes        1:14:23       
Laura Evans                    1:29:19
Rebekah Evans               1:33:47
David Fekke                    1:25:18
Susan Fraser                   1:14:16
Janet Frampton                2:12:23
Paulo Lorenzo                  1:17:01
Beth Martino (aka Farin)  1:32:19
Victoria Mattie                   2:19:31
HannaH Poirier                 1:35:42
Stacey Rayburg                1:18:39
Bethany Stennett              1:40:06
Jenny Wasilewski             1:38:29
Bob Whitbeck                   1:28:13
Kayce Whitbeck                1:26:58
No doubt that many of the early favorites to win the upcoming JRC triathlon (rowing, swimming, flip test) will come from this group of well cross-trained athletes.


Dominique Baker to Row at Boston University - Friday, December 9, 2011

Dominique Baker, who stroked JRC's winning Junior Double at last summer's Club Nationals, has announced that she will row for Boston University starting next fall.  See http://www.goterriers.com/sports/w-crew/spec-rel/120111aaa.html.  Dominique's JRC doubles partner, Mary Ann McNulty (Episcopal School of Jacksonville), will attend and row for Princeton University starting next fall.