Head of the Hooch
November 4th - 5th
Last weekend (November 4th-5th), the CWRU crew team travelled to Chattanooga, Tennessee to compete in the Head of the Hooch regatta. Also known as “The Last of the Great Fall Regattas”, the Head of the Hooch is the second largest fall regatta in the world, only outsized by the Head of the Charles. It draws competitors from all over the US and even Canada; almost 200 teams raced this year, and there were over 2,000 boats entered.
CWRU Crew raced two boats - a Men’s College and Club 8+ and a Women’s College and Club 8+. The women placed first out of 28 in their race, beating out schools like Clemson, University of Florida, Georgia Tech, and University of Texas and garnering the team’s first ever gold medal at Head of the Hooch. The men placed 10th out of 35, less than four seconds behind Ohio State and besting many larger schools like Texas, who was last year’s winner, Georgia Tech, DePaul, and Emory as well as improving on their time from the previous year.
This race marked the end of the fall season for CWRU Crew, who now will move indoors to begin winter training for the spring season in April and May.
The novice squad ended their fall racing season with a trip to the 33rd annual Jack Speakmon Memorial Regatta in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, October 29th. They traveled independently of the varsity, who had raced in Marietta on the previous day, but they managed to get well set up for their races with the help of novice coach Tim Marcovy and former rower and new coach Steph Merlino.
The two novice crews consisted of a men’s and women’s 4+, and they managed to complete the 4500m course in 24:42.4 and 25:47.2, respectively. During the event, the women were awarded third place in an event with Cleveland State, Ohio State, John Carroll, and Indiana University/Purdue. Race officials later contacted the team to let us know that after a review of a timing error, it was decided that our women took silver. The men finished fourth in their event against two Ohio state entries and a John Carroll boat.
The novices will now be integrated into training with the varsity as the winter conditioning season commences.
CWRU Crew varsity rowers competed in the Muskie Chase in Marietta, Ohio on October 29th. This regatta takes place in two parts, the first is a 6000m headrace and the second is 3 500m sprints. The men’s team put out a V8 and JV8, the women’s team put out two 8+, in addition the women fielded two 4+.
The 6000m race saw the men place 5th and 6th behind Marietta, Cincinatti, Ohio State, and Dayton. The women placed 4th and 6th behind Dayton, Cincinnati, and Ohio State. The 500m sprint races were an interesting mix up to the usual regatta format. Notably the men’s JV8 won all 3 of their sprints. The team was excited to be invited to this gathering of Ohio crews. Its was a great opportunity to go head to head with our peers.
Head of the Charles
October 21st - 22nd
CWRU Crew sent a women’s, and men’s varsity four to the 53rd annual Head of the Charles. This is the world’s largest regatta with 2,271 crews competing over the course of two days. The women's four of Emily Schnittman, Steph Collins, Ingrid Iversen, and Sarah Carlson with Natalie Scherner coxing finished in 16th place out of 53 in the Women's Club 4+ event. The women's finish position re-qualified the boat for next year's regatta -- the third time in a row for this event. The men's four of David Fulton, Luke Fakult, Matthew Hausladen, and Ryan Norchi with Elizabeth Tobin coxing finished 26th out of 40 finishers in the Men’s Collegiate 4+ event, just barely missing requalification.
The Head of the Charles was, as always, an exciting opportunity for CWRU Crew to mix it up with a number of varsity programs ( the women’s finish had them ahead of 16 varsity crews). The team has sent at least one boat for the past three years, and looks forward to many more years of strong competition at this prestigious regatta.
After several years of unsuccessful attempts, CWRU Crew and Carnegie Mellon University were finally able to go head to head in the “Spartan-Tartan Dual”. The two teams squared off on the familiar waters of the Cuyahoga on October 14th. Six races were held between men’s and women’s Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+, and Novice 4+. CWRU Crew took first in all varsity categories, while CMU won the novice races. Overall a great opportunity to foster friendly competition between two similar schools. Both teams look forward to making this scrimmage an annual event.
Head of the Genesee
CWRU Crew competed in the 29th annual Head of the Genesee in Rochester, New York on October 7th. Four boats were entered into the regatta: a men’s V8 and a JV8 as well as a women’s V8 and a V4. Both men’s boats took 4th place in their respective races behind boats from Rochester Institute of Technology, Ithaca College, and Hamilton College. The women’s V8 also took 4th place behind Hamilton College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and William Smith College. The women’s V4 would have place 3rd behind SUNY Binghamton and University at Buffalo, but unfortunately a protest from another crew added 60 seconds to their time. This was an exciting regatta for the team as it found itself in the mix with a number of varsity programs.
Head of the Cuyahoga
CWRU Crew competed in the 22nd annual Head of the Cuyahoga on September 16th. The races took place on familiar ground: a winding 4,800m course along the Cuyahoga from the I-490 bridge downstream to Rivergate Park. The highlight of the day was the women's V8 and JV8 taking the gold and silver in their race against Penn State, Miami, John Carroll and Ohio U. Penn State took bronze 40 seconds behind the JV8 and close to two minutes behind the V8.
The men’s V8 took silver racing against Westerville High School Penn State, Miami, Ohio U and John Carroll. The men’s V4 took silver behind the Western Reserve Rowing Association 4 who won the masters category at Canadian Henley the month before. A novice men’s 4 rounded out the boats from CWRU Crew.
This regatta was the kickoff for the Fall racing season season. CWRU Crew put on an excellent show despite having only returned to campus a few weeks before. The rest of the season looks promising.