John Graves

John Graves1

March 26, 1988

Trinity College, 2010


Cincinnati, OH

2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

John started rowing at Cincinnati Country Day School in 2003. He competed and earned post season honors in soccer, football, basketball, baseball, and crew in high school. His senior year, John was named Adidas All -American, first team All -Ohio,  Player of the year in the Miami Valley Conference, and Team MVP in Soccer. John was also named MVP of the 2005 Southwest Ohio All- Star Game. In the winter, he was named 2nd team All- Southwest Ohio, First Team All- Conference, and Team MVP in Basketball. John holds the school record for most 3-pointers made in a game( 8) and most made consecutively in a game( 7). In Rowing, John won silver in the junior men's single and double sculls at 2006 USRowing National Championships in Indianapolis.

At Trinity College, John played soccer in the Fall and started every game for all four years on the soccer team. He earned the Shetterly Award for top Freshmen player in 2006. He Earned All- NESCAC and All- New England honors in 2008 and 2009. John was Team Captain and MVP in 2009. On the Trinity Rowing team, he earned the David Wicks Award for top freshman rower in 2007. In 2008, John rowed in the Varsity 8 and won the ECAC National Invitational and made it to the Finals of the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. In 2009, John trained over the summer at Craftsbury and rowed in the U23 men's pair at the U23 World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic finishing 12th. In 2010, John was a Captain of the Crew and in the spring won the McCook Award for Most Outstanding Male Athlete at Trinity. After graduating from Trinity, John returned to train in Craftsbury for the summer and raced in the Lightweight Men's Single Sculls at the U23 World Championships finishing 10th.

In 2011, John lived and worked in Cincinnati and in the spring finished 3rd in the LM1x at NSR 1 and in the summer raced World Cup 1 and 2 in the LM1x finishing 9th and 5th respectively. In 2012, John trained with cousin Brian DeRegt in Newport Beach, CA and in the spring competed in the Olympic Trials in the LM2x, losing in the semifinals.

In the late summer of 2012, John moved to Craftsbury to join the initial class of GRP athletes and began eating more food.  In November 2012,  John won the East Coast Fall Speed Order in the M1x. In 2013, John won the National Selection Regatta in the M1x and finished 9th in the M1x at World Cup 2 in Eton and at World Cup 3 in Lucerne. Between the two world cups, John competed at Henley Royal Regatta in the Diamond Challenge Sculls finishing in the final four scullers , losing to Alan Campbell in the semi final. He then moved in to the M2x with teammate Ben Dann and won World Championship Trials and was selected to the his first Senior U.S. team. In Chungju, Korea, they finished finished 10th in the M2x. In the fall of 2013, John won the East Coast Fall Speed Order in the M1x. In 2014, John won the National Selection Regatta in the M2x. Combined with Ben Dann, Peter Graves, and Steve Whelpley, John won the M4x national team trials in June and was named to his second Sr. National Team . The quad won bronze at the third World Cup in Lucerne. They went on to finish 8th in the M4x at 2014 World Championships in Amsterdam. In the Fall of 2014, John rowed in the Sculling Great 8 at the Head of the Charles and won gold in the Men's Championship 8. Later that Fall, John won the East Coast Fall Speed Order in the M1x. In 2015, John won the National Selection Regatta in the M2x with Ben Dann. They competed at World Cup 2 and 3 in the M2x finishing 11th and 10th. They finished 16th at 2015 World Championships in the M2x.

John looks forward to continuing to improve on the water while also helping the Outdoor Center promote its mission statement. One day, John would like to compete at the Olympic Games and kick field goals professionally in the National Football League.