Varsity Rowing

Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana, began its rowing team in 1921. The campus is located on Lake Maxinkuckee in north central Indiana. Culver Military Academy opened in 1894, and first opened a summer naval school in 1902. The summer program began with two fixed seat, ten-oared "man-o-war" cutters, and thus began Culver's relation with rowing. Since then Culver has built a long tradition of rowing within the Midwest and some trips to the east coast. Culver Girls Academy opened as a coordinate college preparatory school in 1971 and in 1978 joined the cadets of Culver Military Academy in rowing. The team represents Culver Academies, and was the site of the first Midwest Scholastic Regatta, in 1984.

The White-DeVries rowing center was completed in July 2012. Besides room for 40 shells of different categories, there are locker rooms, 2 exercise spaces (2000 sq ft and 2900 sq ft), along with a 16 station moving water tank. The Rowing Center is located on campus, situated on the north shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, the second largest natural lake in Indiana.

Culver has been successful regionally at the Midwest Scholastic Championship:


Girls Team Points 19th Boys Team Points 22nd
Varsity 8+ 6th Varsity 8+ 6th in Petite Final (12th)
Varsity 4+ 4th Varsity 4+ 5th
2nd Varsity 8+ Eliminated in Semi 2nd Varsity 8+ Eliminated in Semi
2nd Varsity 4+ Eliminated in Semi 2nd Varsity 4+ 5th
3rd Varsity 8+ Eliminated in Semi Freshman 8+ 6th
Junior 8+ 14th, Eliminated in Head Race Novice 8+ 6th
Novice 8+ 4th Novice 4+ 4th


Girls Team Points 20th (tie) Boys Team Points 9th
Varsity 8+ 7th in Grand Final Varsity 8+ 6th
Varsity 4+ 4th Varsity 4+ 3rd
2nd Varsity 4+ 4th 2nd Varsity 8+ Eliminated in Semi
Novice 8+ Eliminated in Semi 2nd Varsity 4+ 4th
    3rd Varsity 8+ Eliminated in Semi
    150# 4+ Eliminated in Semi
    Freshman 8+ 6th
    Novice 8+ 1st
    Novice 4+ 2nd
    Novice 150# 4+ Eliminated in Semi

Culver has attended the scholastic national championship nine of the last eleven years, with highlights being a 3rd place in the Mens single in 2007, a 6th place finish in the Mens varsity four in 2011, a 3rd place finish in the Mens varsity four in 2013, a 5th in the Petite Final in the Mens varsity four in 2015 and a 5th in the Petite Final in the Womens varsity four in 2017.  Culver has also raced as a finalist at the USRowing Youth National championship: 7th place in the 1998 Mens quadruple scull, 1st place in the Mens single in 2006, 10th place in the Mens single in 2015 and 3rd place in the Mens single in 2016.  Joe Sterner (CMA 2016) raced a as member of the US Junior Team at the 2015 Junior Worlds (3rd in C Final of 2x).

We complete in both sculling and sweep rowing. We row in both the fall and spring seasons, with training opportunities available during the winter. The team size is approximately 40 in the fall and over 70 in the spring. Our competition schedule includes two head races in the fall and six sprint regattas in the spring. All travel and team expenses are covered by the school.

Athletes from the last five years are rowing in college at California-Berkeley, Yale, Navy, Wisconsin, Oklahoma City, Syracuse, Indiana, Notre Dame, Stetson, Southern Methodist, Marist and Loyola Marymount.


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Girls Roster



Name Grade Level Hometown
Derrick, Frances 11 Champaign, IL
Elfar, Aliyah 11 Newburgh, IN
Gram, Kristen 11 Decatur, IL
Grant, Sierra 11 Fort Wayne, IN
Herczeg, Sydney 12 South Bend, IN
Houin, McLayne 10 Plymouth, IN
Leeper, Kaitlyn 12 Carmel, IN
Li, Janelle 12 Saratoga, CA
Luo, Hannah 12 Canton, MI
O'Day, Avery 11 Rumson, NJ
Quist, Charlotte 11 Chicago, IL
Satorius, Anna 10 Culver, IN
Schmidt, Margaret 10 South Holland, IL
Vickers, Katherine 11 Temple Terrace, FL


Name Grade Level Hometown
Besachio, Alessandra 9 Norfolk, VA
Bocker, Moriah 9 Wheaton, IL
Brennan, Lily 10 Lake Bluff, IL
Cao, Jacqueline 9 Cincinnati, OH
Carzo, Marian 11 Torreon, COAH
Cortes, Christina 9 Flossmoor, IL
Cotter, Brenna 9 Winnetka, IL
Dilena, Sofia 9 Tiburon, CA
Gallegos Fernandez, Michelle 10 Mexico City, DF
Gonzalez, Grace 10 Plainfield, IL
Guerrero Perez, Paloma Alejandra 10 Ciudad de México, CDMX
Hernandez, Camila 10 Mexico City, 
Herrero Ampudia, Roberta 9 Naucalpan de Juárez, Méx.
Herrero, Regina 11 Naucalpan de Juárez, Méx.
Hittle, Rose 10 Indianapolis, IN
Lewandowski, Taylor 10 Culver, IN
Pae, Jinwon 10 Yorktown, IN
Pollard, Erin 12 Timperley, England
Prandini Flores, Maria 11 Hermosillo, Mexico
Rice, Georgia 9 Chesterton, IN
Shao, Xinzhu 9 Shanghai, ROC
Walter, Gianna 9 San Francisco, CA

Boys Roster



Name Grade Level Hometown
Barger, Graham 10 Plymouth, IN
Bowser, Evan 10 Carmel, IN
Boyle, Izzie 12 Waterloo, IL
Cesarski, Nathan 12 Columbus, IN
Coleman, Alexander 12 Midland, MI
Dilena, Jason 11 Tiburon, CA
Duong, Phearom 12 Siem Reap, 
Gordon, Diego 11 Ukiah, CA
Jarmusz, Brendan 10 Winnetka, IL
Johnson, Sawyer 11 Leesburg, IN
Jones, Charles 11 Bloomington, IN
Koutsouras, Savas 11 Culver, IN
Page, Jacob 11 Granger, IN
Parker, Drake 10 Inman, SC
Rogers, Jackson 11 Chicago, IL
Steck, Corbin 11 Decatur, IL
Stewart, Henry 12 Indianapolis, IN
Tan, Noah 10 Stevensville, MI
Vermeulen, Jack 12 Winnetka, IL
Ward, Joseph 12 Naperville, IL
Wilkins, John 11 Clayton, MO
Wu, Yulun 12 Lake Forest, IL


Name Grade Level Hometown
Blemaster, Jacob 9 Phoenix, AZ
Brumback, John 11 Culver, IN
Campbell, Hugh 10 East Lansing, MI
Carmouche, Hudson 11 Austin, TX
Collins, Alec 10 Dhahran, 
Cornell, Henri 10 Union, MI
Detamore, Grant 9 Carmel, IN
Gravenites, Nicholas 10 Chicago, IL
Harrison, Wade 9 Attica, IN
Jessich, William 9 Dhahran, SB
Kress, Aiden 9 Berkeley, CA
Landy, Owen 9 Jacksonville, FL
Li, Shangye 9 Changzhou, ROC
Londrey, Hugh 12 Midlothian, VA
Luo, Youlin 10 Shanghai Shi, ROC
Perun, Andrew 9 Bensenville, IL
Robinson, Michael 9 Zionsville, IN
Samis, Andrew 9 Chicago, IL
Shi, Xinrui 9 Palo Alto, CA
Woo, Enoch 10 Mundelein, IL
Xiao, Haiqian 10 Shanghai, ROC