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Head of the Hooch
November 5th, 2016
Making history the women’s team medaled for the first time ever when the Varsity 8+ placed second in the Women’s College and Club eight category. The boat came in with a time of 17:32.2 just 10 seconds behind the rival Georgia tech boat that rowed the 5k course in a time of 17:22.8.
Similarly, the Men’s Varsity 8+ fought hard and ended up placing 6th with a much improved time from their last jaunt down the course. The overall time was 16:23.6, which is less than a minute behind the first place crew from University of Texas. Some of the other main contenders in this race were University of Florida, Washington University in St. Louis and Georgia Tech.
The women’s novice 8+ placed very well, especially considering that this was the first time that Case has sent a novice boat to this regatta. In the women’s College and Club Novice 8+ category the boat placed well into the top half, coming in 12th out of 40 crews and finishing with a time of 19:48.1. This result was also impressive when the varsity programs competing in the race are considered, as the novice women’s time actually gave them a third place finish out of the club teams that were entered.
It was a perfect day for racing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with a strong downstream current and a limited head wind to help speed our crews down the course. Many parents and alumni came out to support as this was the last race for quite a few seniors who have been instrumental in the development of the team. They will all be greatly missed during the spring and for the years to come.
October 29th, 2016
Surrounded by beautiful fall weather with temperatures in the 70’s this regattas was a great new race for the spartan team to partake in. The regatta was composed of two separate components. The race began with a 6k head race and was followed by three 500 meter sprints. In the men’s races there was a timing malfunction in the eights in the 600 meter piece and those results were negated. Instead the Chase regatta winner was determined by the boat’s total time in the three sprints.
For the 6000 meter piece the men’s varsity boat placed 3rd in their line up with a time of 23:07. The women’s varsity eight boat came in fourth just one second behind Ohio state with a time of 25:04 in the 6k race and the novice eight boat came 6th racing in the varsity category. In the sprints the men’s varsity eight boat came in 5th with a best time of 1:24.1 just a few seconds behind Ohio State. On the women’s side the varsity eight won two out of the three 500 meter pieces. It was a very nice regatta overall and the team hopes to attend again in the future!
Head of the Charles
October 22nd, 2016
Our women’s varsity four, consisting of Abby Sevier, Stephanie Merlino, Emily Schnittman, and Colleen Kennedy (from stroke to bow) and coxed by Josh Zuccala, made waves as the fastest club team in their event at this year’s Head of the Charles Regatta. They competed in the Women’s Club 4+ race, finishing 19 out of 59. This top 20 finish was 12 places higher than last year’s performance and re-qualified the boat to compete next year. The blistery conditions were no issue for our Lake Erie conditioned rowers, and the curves of the Cuyahoga helped coxswain Zuccala steer a superior course, causing our women to maintain their rank throughout each of the four course checkpoints.
October 8th, 2016
In early October, Case Crew participated in an informal scrimmage against Mercyhurst College and Canisius College on Findley Lake, just east of Erie, Pennsylvania. The schedule featured a 5k race on a looped course around the lake followed up by a 500m sprint. Final rankings were calculated by multiplying the sprint time by five and adding it to the 5k time. Case competed in five of the eight events offered. The day proved to be an eyeopener for the predominantly young Case Crew and provided the team with a taste of the next level of competition. Leaving hungry left the crew with even greater motivation to train hard for the next time we see Mercyhurst and Canisius at the start line.
In the men's races, the varsity and JV eights both finished behind the two entries from Mercyhurst. The women's varsity 8+ finished fourth behind Mercyhurst and the two Canisius entries; however, they finished ahead of the Mercyhurst B entry by 1.5 minutes. The top women's 4+ finished third overall behind Mercyhurst and Canisius in a 8-boat event. The women's novice 8+ event was an all-Case affair with two entries. The "A" entry with a little more experience finished ahead of the Case B entry filled with true novices who put up a solid effort despite having only a few weeks worth of experience on the water.
Written by Doug Rathburn (edited by Maria Tompkins and Kaitlyn Bush)
Results from the Mercyhurst Regatta can be found HERE.
Head of the Cuyahoga
Incoming thunderstorms did not scare away the Case Crew Spartans at this regatta. Impressive times came in across the board in all categories that Case raced in on Saturday morning. This regatta was held on our home 5k course along the Cuyahoga river contains categories for collegiate, open, high school and masters rowing.
Both the Men’s and Women’s varsity eights came in first place by more than one minute and thirty seconds ahead of their next competition. The Women’s 4 came in with a time of 21:15 making them 10th out of 20. The Men fielded two fours which both ended with impressive times as well. The first four placed first with a time of 19:39 and the second four ended with a time of 20:36.
The Men’s Open 4x consisted of one alumnus (Rathburn) and three students (Ryu, Cronin & Smith). Other alumni and friends raced in the women’s master single events (Chris Sheridan, Patty Wolford & Erynn Rathburn) while assistant coaches Rachel Stanley and Sharon Romilly took on the field in the women's pair. Overall it was a great first fall regatta and we can not wait for all the races we have to come. Thank you to all the alumni and parents that came out to support us!