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World champion swimmer among latest inductees into N.Ky. Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday

By Terry Boehmker
NKyTribune sports reporter

Emily Brunemann Klueh, a world champion swimmer who graduated from Notre Dame Academy, will be one of seven new inductees into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Villa Hills Civic Club.

Emily Brunemann Klueh

In 2013, Klueh became the first American to win a gold medal in the 10-kilometer distance event on the international FINA Open Water Cup circuit. She was also a two-time national open water champion.

In her senior year at Notre Dame, Klueh won the 500-meter freestyle state high school championship. She continued her career at the University of Michigan and won an NCAA title in the 1,650-meter freestyle.

The other woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is Tricia Macke, who was a three-sport athlete at Newport Central Catholic. She’s now a television news anchor for Fox19 in Cincinnati.

Beechwood football coach Noel Rash will also be added to the Hall of Fame. In his 13 seasons as head coach, the Tigers have won five Class A state titles and compiled a 147-37 record.

The other new inductees will be Holy Cross graduate Jerry Maher, Campbell County graduate David “Popeye” Combs and Boone County graduate Justin Rahschulte, who was a record-setting baseball player at Northern Kentucky University.

John Popovich, long-time sports reporter for WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, will be guest speaker for the induction ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

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