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Home Schools Regatta

April 23rd 2016

 

Case Crew hosted the regatta at Aurora Lake in Cleveland. This year the contenders were: Case Crew, Cleveland State University, John Carroll and the University of Toledo. This very successful regatta ended in Case continuing the streak and successfully winning the regatta for the 5th year in a row. The team won a total of 7 out of the total 8 points available. Both the Men’s and Women’s teams won their Varsity races, the Women’s Varsity 8+ with a time of 7:03.7 and the Men’s Varsity 8+ with a time of 6:21.3. Similarly, both the JV/Novice boats swept their categories with winning times in all the 4s as well as top places finishes in the 8s. The Women’s JV/Novice 8+ came in with a first place time of 7:36.1 and the men’s boat came in, a close second, with a time of 6:52.7. Alumni racing was also held at this event with an alumni/student mixed 8+ race held during the midpoint break.

 

Strong Showing for Case Crew at 2016 Lubbers Cup

posted 4/12/2016

 

Blustery winter conditions met Case Crew at their first-ever appearance at the 21st Annual Don Lubbers Cup in Spring Lake, Michigan. The Lubbers Cup is a two-day round robin set of races hosted by Grand Valley State University. The main players are the large, dominant club programs in Michigan and they invite a few other clubs to fill out the program. Based on Case’s impressive performance last year at MACRAs and Vails, the team was extended an invite.

Lubbers Cup 2016Lindstrom, Warren, Nutt & Saint Clair with cox Kabins and the Scott Cup for MN4+The weather was not favorable to rowing this weekend. Temperatures were in the 30’s for all races and the wind was severe. Races during Saturday morning program were shortened to ~1300m after the varsity races. Then there was a long break, almost 6 hours, before the winds died down enough to hold eights races. Sunday morning saw the wind shift direction to a brutal 18-20mph cross headwind that proved difficult for rowers and coxswains. Sunday morning it also snowed sporadically making for fun viewing in near white out conditions for the varsity eights.

 

The team’s best result came from the men’s novice four that only got to race on Saturday morning over the shortened 1300m course. The event results for each boat class were determined by margin of victory. So if a crew won your race they received 0 points and those trailing were awarded a point for each second they were behind. Therefore, the winner was the crew with the lowest total of points across all of their races. The men’s four handled the deteriorating conditions extremely well and beat the University of Illinois by 34 seconds and University of Cincinnati by over a minute. The other two flights of the men’s four on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning were cancelled so these margins of victory stood and the crew brought home the Coach Jim and Chris Scott Cup!

 

The women’s varsity 8+ had a strong showing winning their Saturday morning race against DePaul and Illinois in convincing fashion of a shortened course. In their second flight Saturday afternoon they were paired up with Grand Valley and Purdue who were ranked as the 1st and 3rd best 8’s in the country going into racing. The crew didn’t quite have the juice to hang onto these crews, but they did hang on! On Sunday morning it was a similar story with the women’s V8 racing against varsity programs Drake and Robert Morris. Case led RMU into the 1000m mark, but just could not hang on to the speed with the incredible headwinds to finish third.

 

The men’s varsity 8’s came on the wrong side of a couple close races. In the first flight of the weekend they were 3 seconds off Illinois and one second off DePaul. They had a second shot at Illinois in the second race and came up a couple inches short. You can see the finish line photo HERE. The MV8 saved their best race for last finishing only 5 seconds off Notre Dame and well ahead of Michigan State.

 

The JV eights for both men and women were a bit mixed. In each race on the men’s and women’s sides the JV squads finished off the pace. The depth of the other programs was just a bit too strong, and our second boats didn’t handle the rough conditions as well as the top eights. As the coaches finalize the line ups going into the MACRA and Dad Vail championships having some race experience in tough conditions will help those trying to grab a seat in the top eights.

Lubbers 2016Team photo at the 21st annual Don Lubbers Cup in Spring Lake, Michigan.

Race results for the Lubbers Cup can be found HERE.

2016 Lubbers Cup Photo Gallery

 

Article by Case Alumni Doug Rathburn

Edited by Philip Smith

URA Championships

posted 4/2/2016

 

It was a long and windy day of racing in Indianapolis, Indiana but for the first time in CWRU history Case Crew walked away with both the men and women's team points trophies at the URA Championship regatta.

 

The day started off rough with several clashes and Case being pushed off course in the Men's Varsity 8+. Although Case rowed a good race the Men's A boat was pushed too far off course to cross the finish line and Washington University walked away with the gold. Second and fourth in the MV8+ went to Case and Chicago took third.

 

After that it was a Spartan day with CWRU sweeping all remaining events except for the MJV4+. The MV4+ and M2+ were cancelled due to deteriorating conditions as the day went on. For full results click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case Crew Men and Women's teams with the Case Alumni and Chicago Alumni points trophies

 

New Website!

posted 3/23/2016

After a lot of work, and many different trials the CWRU Rowing website has found a new home. Please look around and if you have any feedback feel free to contact Philip Smith at pas147@case.edu

CWRU Crew Dominates the Hammer

posted 3/23/2016

Case Crew set the bar high for Cleveland colleges during the 27th edition of the Hammer Ergatta. This year's results build upon a strong program instituted by head coach Aaron Marcovy and saw the team bring home the Hammer Cup for the 2nd straight year.

 

The Hammer Cup has been contested between Case and John Carroll since 1995 with Cleveland State joining the action in 2008. Case leads the series with twelve wins to JCU's 8 and CSU's 2 wins.

This year's event was held in the Student Recreation Center on Cleveland State's campus. The well organized event saw Case take home Hammers (yes, actual hammers) in almost every event they entered. The women's team had 7 athletes break 8 minutes with Abby Sevier breaking 7:20! In fact, the Open Women took 5 of the top 6 slots, the Novice Women took three of the top four and the novice lightweights took all three top slots. The second fastest woman was Joyce Chu in the novice event pulling a 7:37.1 who just learned to row on the erg a couple months ago!

The men's team also showed speed and depth. The men had ten athletes break seven minutes with junior Liam Hoye leading the way with a 6:21.5 to win the Open Men's category. The Case men took all top 5 slots in the Open category. The novice men's category has Case taking all three top slots with Freshman Ryan Norchi taking the golden hammer in 6:44.0. The lightweight team shows some promise with the novices taking all 6 top spots with Wyatt SaintClair winning in 7:05.4. Take a look at 20 years of Hammer results to see just how fast and deep this squad is.

The last event of the day was the Sledgehammer 6x500m mixed relay. The official results show Case in 2nd, 4th and 9th, but the winning squad was all men while every other team was mixed. The top two teams were varsity Case squads and the third team were novices. The fastest Case relay team completed the 3km in 9:41.7 to take home the silver sledgehammer.

Check out the photos and more on our alumni website here.

Article by Case Alumni Doug Rathburn

Edited by Philip Smith