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December 13, 1994 | By James Cordrey, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Five members of the Haverford School rowing team are getting a gift of a different kind this holiday season. They will be boarding a plane tonight bound for Egypt, where they will row in two international competitions in the next 12 days. "This is a great experience for the kids," assistant coach Craig Hoffman said. "The benefit of rowing in international competition is immeasurable. " Aside from trading the wintry weather of the Northeast for the summerlike climate of Egypt, Ben Yogel, James Delaney, Quentin Koffey, Matt Burkhardt and Darryl Brown will compete in two regattas: the Luxor International Regatta and the Nile International Regatta.
SPORTS
July 22, 1990 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
All through his life, which has always been full of athletic endeavors, Ross Flemer had one great fan. A person who was supportive. A good friend. Charles "Henry" Flemer. His father. In June, just a month after he was found to have cancer, Henry Flemer died at home in Newport Beach, Calif. And now Ross Flemer, a young and talented oarsman for Penn Athletic Club, is rowing with a new and overpowering purpose. "Every race I row this summer," Flemer said yesterday, "is dedicated to my dad. Every win belongs to him. " Flemer, a 24-year-old graduate of the University of California, gave his dad a fine present yesterday.
SPORTS
July 29, 1991 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The chanting was loud and boisterous and boomed from the fans on the banks of the Cooper River and the crew standing unsteadily on tiptoe on the dock: "Penn AC, Penn AC. " Yesterday, for the fifth straight year, the rowers from Penn Athletic Club - which hopes to send as many as 33 rowers to various international competitions this summer - won the Barnes Trophy. As big as a coxswain, the trophy is awarded to the club that gathers the most points at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis in June and the American Rowing Championships, which ended yesterday on the Cooper River in Pennsauken.
SPORTS
October 26, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The New York Athletic Club won the men's heavyweight championship race and the Naval Academy won the women's championship at the 34th annual Head of the Schuylkill Regatta yesterday. The New York boat rowed the 2.5-mile course in 11 minutes, 42.91 seconds to beat Penn Athletic Club by about three seconds. Navy was third, Temple fourth, and St. Joseph's fifth. Navy rowed the distance in 13:49.50 to win the women's race by a tenth of a second over West Virginia. Fordham was third, George Washington fourth, and Lehigh fifth.
NEWS
November 6, 1986 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Francis H. Ludwig, a retired accountant and a nationally known oarsman and rowing official, died Monday. He was 79 and lived in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. Ludwig was an accountant for F.P. Woll and Co. until he retired in 1970. He was five-time national champion in the lightweight division as a member of the Undine Barge Club crews during the 1930s and early 1940s. In December 1962, the Malta Boat Club presented him with the Dr. George Morton Illman Award. He began his rowing career in 1933 following his graduation from Northeast High School.
SPORTS
November 29, 1991 | By Mayer Brandschain, Special to The Inquirer
Mike Teti, an Olympic Games oarsman from the Vesper Boat Club, led all the way in winning the Schuylkill Navy Cross Country Run by a wide margin yesterday in Fairmount Park and equalled the record of seven triumphs. Teti, 36, a member of the bronze medal-winning U.S. eight in the 1988 Olympics, sped the 5 7/8 miles in 32 minutes, 10 seconds, slowest of his seven victories. Teti, 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, equalled the record of Vesper's Kevin St. Clair, who won from 1976 to 1979 and again from 1981 to 1983.
SPORTS
October 26, 1997 | By Jonerik Murphy, FOR THE INQUIRER
The Vesper Boat Club demonstrated the strength of Philadelphia-area rowing by capturing The Inquirer's Points Trophy at the 25th annual Thomas Eakins Head of the Schuylkill Regatta yesterday. The strong local talent provided about 40 percent of the field of competitors from throughout the country, including the Princeton Training Center, whose members were part of the gold-medal-winning U.S. National Team at the recent World Championships in Aiguebelette, France. The Princeton club won the men's heavyweight eight race in 12 minutes, 37.31 seconds, more than 22 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
NEWS
December 10, 2004 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
William G. Killhour, 79, formerly of Devon, retired president of a paper distributorship and champion rower, died of prostate cancer Saturday at his home in Hilton Head, S.C. Mr. Killhour graduated from Chestnut Hill Academy, where he was center on the undefeated 1941 football team. He graduated from midshipmen school at Cornell University and during World War II served in the Navy as a torpedo officer on the destroyer USS Stanly in the Pacific. After his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and then joined W.B. Killhour & Sons Inc., a paper distributorship.
SPORTS
July 20, 1992 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Cincinnati Rowing Center sprinted home a half-length ahead of the Junior Camp crew to win the men's senior eight title in the concluding event of the four-day American Rowing Championships yesterday on the Cooper River in Pennsauken. The six crews in the 2,000-meter race were fairly even until late in the race. The Junior Camp boat, composed of boys 18 and under from all parts of the country in training for the World Championships at Montreal in August, seemed to have an edge as the shells swung into the homestretch.
SPORTS
December 22, 2010 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
The historic Philadelphia Challenge Cup race will return to the city on May 14 as part of the 2011 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, Mayor Nutter announced Tuesday. The cup, also, known as the Gold Cup, gained prominence in the rowing world after the Schuylkill Navy commissioned it in 1920 to honor the world champion of single-scull rowing. The first winner was gold medalist and Philadelphian John B. Kelly, and the event has been compared to the Davis Cup in tennis and the America's Cup in yachting.
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December 19, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ruth A. Robinhold, 99, of Lafayette Hill, who cofounded the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club in 1938, when rowing was a predominantly male sport, died Thursday, Dec. 13, of pneumonia at Chestnut Hill Hospital. The former Ruth Adams had placed an ad in a local newspaper seeking women to form a rowing club. Almost 100 women showed up at the first meeting; after a $5 monthly fee was levied, 17 stayed to form the club. The group, believed to be the oldest competitive women's rowing club in America, was fostered by Mrs. Robinhold, who continued to row on the Schuylkill until well into her 80s. "Ruth was up in years, but she was not old," said Sophie Socha, current club president.
NEWS
December 28, 2010 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
For decades, it sat atop a glass display case, its gold surface darkened, its legendary status unknown to almost everyone who walked into I. Switt Antiques on South Eighth Street. The Philadelphia Challenge Cup, better known as the "gold cup," was to rowing what the America's Cup is to yachting. Any serious student of the sport knew about the cup, worshipped the names of the rowers engraved upon it, and could tell the tale of its origin in 1920 as a tribute to Olympic gold medalist Jack Kelly Sr. and of its mysterious disappearance in the 1960s.
SPORTS
December 22, 2010 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
The historic Philadelphia Challenge Cup race will return to the city on May 14 as part of the 2011 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, Mayor Nutter announced Tuesday. The cup, also, known as the Gold Cup, gained prominence in the rowing world after the Schuylkill Navy commissioned it in 1920 to honor the world champion of single-scull rowing. The first winner was gold medalist and Philadelphian John B. Kelly, and the event has been compared to the Davis Cup in tennis and the America's Cup in yachting.
SPORTS
August 15, 2007 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
For one night at least, the scullers who form the lightweight quad at the stately Undine Barge Club on the Schuylkill stopped counting calories and feasted on beer, pizza and cookies. But the spartan life of a rower doesn't allow for long celebrations. Neither does success, since there is always another more demanding challenge for the elite. "Two days off, and we were back at it," Dan Urevick-Ackelsburg said. "It's a sport that rewards hard work and sacrifice. " Urevick-Ackelsburg, Jon D'Alba, Cody Lowry and Sam Saylor were rewarded nicely for their hard work and sacrifice when they qualified Aug. 5 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., for the FISA World Rowing Championships.
NEWS
December 10, 2004 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
William G. Killhour, 79, formerly of Devon, retired president of a paper distributorship and champion rower, died of prostate cancer Saturday at his home in Hilton Head, S.C. Mr. Killhour graduated from Chestnut Hill Academy, where he was center on the undefeated 1941 football team. He graduated from midshipmen school at Cornell University and during World War II served in the Navy as a torpedo officer on the destroyer USS Stanly in the Pacific. After his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and then joined W.B. Killhour & Sons Inc., a paper distributorship.
SPORTS
October 26, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The New York Athletic Club won the men's heavyweight championship race and the Naval Academy won the women's championship at the 34th annual Head of the Schuylkill Regatta yesterday. The New York boat rowed the 2.5-mile course in 11 minutes, 42.91 seconds to beat Penn Athletic Club by about three seconds. Navy was third, Temple fourth, and St. Joseph's fifth. Navy rowed the distance in 13:49.50 to win the women's race by a tenth of a second over West Virginia. Fordham was third, George Washington fourth, and Lehigh fifth.
SPORTS
July 28, 2003 | By Ira Josephs INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
There was a Philadelphia flavor and feel to the United States Rowing National Championships. The five-day regatta concluded yesterday on the Cooper River with four clubs from Boathouse Row gaining national titles and others with Philadelphia connections also winning medals. Penn Athletic Club captured the Sulgar Barnes trophy for the second consecutive year as the men's points winner with 315.75. Undine Barge Club scored 192.75 to win the overall points race and placed third among the women with 112.50.
SPORTS
July 27, 2003 | By Ira Josephs INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The coffee mug was big and blue and stained brown from so much use. "That was my Linus blanket," Meghan Sarbanis said. It fell from the car's roof and shattered yesterday when Sarbanis and Renee Hykel raced out of Wawa's parking lot en route to the U.S. Rowing National Championships. The pair, both residents of Philadelphia's Art Museum area, laughed rather than cried over the spilled coffee. And then they proceeded to row the race of their lives. Rowing for Undine Barge Club, Sarbanis, 26, and Hykel, 24, won the elite lightweight women's pair event on the Cooper River.
SPORTS
June 17, 2003 | By Ira Josephs INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The tour has begun at the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club at 14 Boathouse Row, and Ruth Robinhold is leading the way. Wearing a white long-sleeve T-shirt adorned with a sterling silver rowing pin, white slacks and white sneakers, Robinhold bounds from room to room. She points out the pictures, plaques and framed clippings that adorn the walls, many of which include her, many of which date back to the 1930s. Celebrating its 65th birthday this year, the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club celebrates Robinhold every day. One of 17 founding members of the club when it was formed in 1938, she has been the only continuous member for the entire 65 years.
SPORTS
May 3, 2002 | By Ira Josephs INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Thousands of rowers spanning several generations over six decades have flourished under head coach Jim Barker's demanding yet delicate guidance at Haverford School. An endowed fund to support rowing at the school - the James J. Barker Jr. Fund for Rowing - was founded in his honor last year. A plaque honoring the donors will be presented at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the school's gymnasium in a ceremony that coincides with alumni week. On Sunday, Barker will lead the Fords into the Philadelphia city championships on the Schuylkill.
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