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CWRU Crew Spring 2015 Regatta Schedule

Below is the Case Crew winter and spring 2015 racing schedule with links to the results and photos for each event. For a write up about each completed event continue to scroll down. If possible, please come and cheer the team on!

This year's alumni regatta will again be on April 18, and in conjunction with the event we will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and dinner. If you would like to become a member of the SARA Board, take a leadership position, or vote on current business please come to or dial into the AGM.

Date: Event: Location: Results: Photos:
Feb 15 Hammer Ergatta Cleveland, OH - CWRU Campus results photos
March 6-14 Spring Break Fellsmere, FL   photos
March 21 Cleveland Collegiate Regatta Cleveland, OH - Cuyahoga River results photos
April 11 Aurora Lake Sprints (Miami, OhioU, Buffalo - Men) Aurora, OH results photos
April 18 Alumni Regatta, SARA AGM and Dinner Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse results photos
April 25 MACRA Regatta Ypsilanti, MI    
May 7-8 Dad Vail Regatta Philadelphia, PA- Schuylkill River    
May 23-24 ACRA Regatta - possibly select boats Gainesville, GA - Lake Lanier    


New Venue & Solid Results in Aurora, Ohio

April 11, 2015: Case Crew hosted a scrimmage on Aurora Lake in Aurora, Ohio against Miami University (Ohio), University at Buffalo Men and the men from Ohio University. Ten races were held with Case entering nine and ultimately winning six. The weather was in the 50's and sunny with a gusting quarter head wind. The lake is fairly sheltered and offers an almost perfect 2000m racing experience.

Over the course of the day many athletes rowed two or even three times. The varsity women won the varsity four and novice four while dropping both the varsity and novice eights to Miami. The varsity four won by nearly a minute, and Case had two boats in the novice four event with both boats beating Miami. There were no medals for such an informal race so the coaches resurrected the tradition of betting shirts.

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WV4+ with their winner's shirts!

On the men's side they won every race bar the last race of the day - the varsity 8. While not winning the penultimate race put a small damper on the day, it was in the context that for Buffalo it was their squad's only race and our men had one or two races in their legs before the eight. The V8 took third behind Buffalo and Miami, but ahead of Ohio.

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Men's Varsity 4+ warming up before their win against Buffalo, Miami and OhioU.

The men's second varsity 8+ won against Buffalo in commanding fashion. The seven second margin does not signify how much in control of the race the men were. Then in the varsity 4+ the crew got off to a slow start and were in third place but ended up winning by open water and 9 seconds against the three other schools. In the novice 4+ it was a similar story with a slow start and commanding 10 second win. The men's pair featured boats from Case and Buffalo, and for all four guys it was their first time in a boat all spring. The Case crew of Matt Holdren and Gavin Brown held it together much better and walked away from the Buffalo pair by nearly a minute.

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Men's 2nd Varsity 8+ looking solid in their win over Buffalo.

The coaches and SARA would like to thank The Aurora Lake Association for their hospitality. Aurora Lake is private and governed by the association. They installed a sock early for us and provided use of a pontoon boat as well as a couple helpers. To anyone's knowledge this was the first ever rowing event held on the lake, and we suspect we will be back. The 2km course runs roughly north-south and even though it was a bit gusty Saturday the conditions never approached being unrowable. The site has the potential to hold small dual and double-dual races as Case's home course for years to come.

Race results for the Aurora Lake Sprints can be found HERE.

2015 Aurora Lake Sprints Photo Gallery

Case Crew Holds Onto Cleveland Cup for 4th Straight Year!

Home Schools 2015

March 21, 2015: Case Crew continued to dominate the local Cleveland competition during the 13th annual Cleveland Regatta. The team held onto the cup for the fourth year in a row and for the seventh time in cup history. The event formerly known at the Home Schools is an early spring scrimmage between Case, John Carroll and Cleveland State on the Cuyahoga River.

The event format has team race a 3-boat ~700m heat with the top two boats then racing a 1700m final. The winner of the final gains one point for their team toward the cup. Five finals were contested this year with three of those events having heats. Case won three of the finals and came second in the women's novice 4+. Winning the majority of the finals brought the cup home for one more year! The team did not field a varsity women's 4+, which accounted for the fifth final.

The men's fours dominated their cross town rivals. The novice four took CSU by 30 seconds. This year Case was only team with numbers to field an eight so for the Home Schools the boat broke into two fours and knocked JCU out of the varsity 4+ heat. It was then a CWRU vs. CWRU final, the stern 4 ultimately besting the bow 4 by 14 seconds.

The women's team put in a strong showing with the novice 8+ taking the final by 14 seconds. The coaches decided to make the women's novice 4+ a 3-boat final due to freighter traffic. A battle to the bitter end, the Spartan novice women, in their second race of the day, experienced three boat-stopping crabs, dropping from 1st place to 3rd place three times, and running out of race course in their final push, ending up bow-over-stern against CSU’s NW4+.

Race results for the Cleveland Collegiate Regatta can be found HERE.

2015 Cleveland Collegiate Regatta Photo Gallery

Putting in the Work During Spring Break in Florida

March 6-14, 2015: Case Crew headed south to Canal C-54 near Fellsmere, Florida for their annual spring break. The canal is the spring break home of Columbia University and a number of other northern teams. It is also the home race course for Florida Tech, and in general, a beautiful waterway for rowing offering many kilometers of protected, straight rowing.

Spring Break 2015
Case Men's 8+ at daybreak on canal C-54 near Fellsmere, Florida.

Case did not scrimmage any other teams while in Florida but put in 30-40km per day and 3-4 sessions per day including land work outs. The coaches reported a highlight of the MV8+ breaking 7 minutes into a 9mph headwind for a 2km piece! Rower Stephanie Merlino’s grandparents live nearby and hosted the team for a dinner one evening as well. All in all it sounded like a great trip for the team.

2015 Spring Break Photo Gallery

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April Results:
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Case Crew Dominates the Hammer

February 15, 2015: Case Crew went into the 26th edition of the Hammer Ergatta confident of their fitness. The professional training regimen instituted by Head Coach Aaron Marcovy has allowed many of the team members to reach personal best this winter. As a result of this training, the team took top honors in the Open Women & Men, Novice Men, Lightweight Women & Men, and the Men's Relay events. This year's results were some of the most dominant ever in the team's history and the team cruised easily home with the Hammer Cup against Cleveland State and John Carroll. This year marked the twenty-first year contesting the cup and Case leads the series with eleven wins to JCU's 8 and CSU's 2 wins.

This year's event was held in Horsburgh Gymnasium in the Veale Athletic Center on Case's campus - the first time for the event in the main basketball gym. The organizers also brought back actual hammers instead of medals for the winners this year. Another first was the Sledgehammer competition for overall team point champion, which went to Shaker Heights High School. Case Crew came in 4th place overall behind three high schools, but as mentioned before came tops of the local colleges for the Hammer Cup.

The men's led the way in terms speed and depth. The varsity men took the top five places and the novice men took the top three in their respective events. On the men's side a total of nine athletes broke 7 minutes for the 2000m race! A quick glance through 20 years of results will show the team has never been this fast at the Hammer.

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Liam Hoye, with Maya Monroe coxing, pulling a 6:27.4 to win the Hammer

The women also showed speed with Colleen Kennedy taking the Open Women event with a time just under eight minutes. Mallory Miller also broke the eight minute barrier by nearly 8 seconds to take the hammer in the Lightweight event. The top novice finisher was Grace Karabinus with a 5th place finish.

Race results for the Hammer Ergatta can be found HERE.

2015 Hammer Ergatta Photo Gallery

It's Time for the January Virtual Team Challenge!

  Rower Meters
1 Thomas Schwertner 603,908
2 Patrick DelBarba 298,393
3 Tom Hudak 247,500
4 Dan Bachmann 243,226
5 Gavin Brown 230,345
6 Martin Matsumura 212,230
7 Carol Brubaker 206,118
8 Doug Rathburn 203,272
9 Mallory Miller 203,019
10 Doug Brubaker 200,001
11 Evan Halprin 174,000
12 Masato Miyagi 167,121
13 Brian Chorney 143,026
14 Jason Kampmeyer 123,181
15 Eileen Gordon 121,958
16 Jennifer Lohmeier 115,291
17 Gary Clark 114,434
18 Rachel Stanley 113,503
19 Jim Aker 112,855
20 Erynn Rathburn 112,565
21 Janet Clark 110,758
22 Tuck Pescosolido 106,440
23 Grace Karabinus 102,033
24 Cheryl Thompson 100,077
25 Angelo Quagliata 99,700
26 Andrew Evans 97,103
27 Chris Ryu 86,321
28 Katherine Allen 83,736
29 Kelli Anderson 71,550
30 Michael McCoy 54,054
31 Nina Ma 53,748
32 Abigail Sevier 52,000
33 David Simpson 43,805
34 Tom Attenweiler 42,538
35 Matt Holdren 38,238
36 Ram Fish 35,000
37 Tim Marcovy 34,754
38 Meg Grady 24,579
39 Meg Grow 16,897
40 Karla Rosenman 13,705
41 Lindsey Schilling 10,000
42 Heather Babish 8,550
43 Sophia Houghton 7,257
44 Eric Matyac 5,561
45 Mike Krofcheck 3,766
46 Jacob Moberg 2,000
Total Team Meters 5,250,116

Please consider our virtual team for this year's Concept 2 Virtual Team Challenge (VTC). We've had teams entered since 2010, and it's a good way to stay in shape in the winter and also try and beat our rivals from the University of Chicago.

Also as in past years we will have gifts for rowers that post meters at the 50km, 100km and 200km levels. The 200km level, in particular, is a custom embroidered Case Crew hat that is truly worth the effort!  We will also be hosting a special event for our friend Ken Klika. He was a stalwart of our team for this challenge and will be missed this year.

To join the team follow the instruction on this page. Our team name is "Case Crew - Spartan Alumni". If you've competed in the past you must go into your logbook and "opt in" to the challenge.

Final Tally!!!
University of Chicago Crew - 5,797,832 meters
Case Crew - Spartan Alumni - 5,250,116 meters
Grand Valley Rowing Alumni - 2,595,828 meters
Fat Cats-Princeton Alums - 2,003,824 meters
U Chicago Alumni Crew - 1,895,908 meters

Pull for Ken meters: 279,594


Past Year's JVTC Results:
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

Spring 2015 Wish List Posted

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Each year we would like to show our support of the coaching staff by providing them with a little "boost" each spring. Each year we ask the coaches what would really be some items they need to be successful for the spring season. This year's list is posted HERE.

As we all know the team cannot function without the support of alumni, parents and friends. From time to time the team needs certain items to keep functioning in tip-top shape. If you would like to contribute one of the item -- gaining a nice tax deduction at the same time -- please contact  Doug Rathburn for more details. 

This year's list contains some small necessities like wrenches, lights and boat straps. There are a few big ticket items this year as well like a lactate testing system, some coxswain survival suits and a set of oars. There is a wide range of sponsor levels so any sized gift will make a difference to the team this year.  If we get enough pledges, those making the pledges will get their own sweat bands too!

CWRU Crew Fall 2014 Regatta Schedule

Below is the Case Crew fall 2014 racing schedule with links to the results and photos for each event. For a write up about each completed event continue to scroll down. If possible, please come and cheer the team on!

This year's alumni regatta will again be in April, and in conjunction with the event we will hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and dinner. The date is not quite set yet. If you would like to become a member of the SARA Board, take a leadership position, or vote on current business please come to or dial into the AGM.

Date: Event: Location: Results: Photos:
Sept 20 Head of the Cuyahoga Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse results photos
Oct 4 Head of the Ohio Pittsburgh, PA - Allegheny River results photos
Oct 12 Head of the Grand Lansing, MI - Grand River results photos
Oct 18-19 Head of the Charles Boston, MA - Charles River results photos
Oct 25-26 Head of the Schuylkill Philadelphia, PA - Schuylkill River results photos
Nov 1-2 Head of the Hooch Chattanooga, TN - Tennessee River results photos


Weather Dominates the Story in Chattanooga

November 2, 2014: Case Crew's regatta schedule this fall meant to focus on the Head of the Ohio and the Head of the Hooch. However, the weather gods did not support that plan with most of the team's events at those races getting blown out by weather. The Hooch is one of the biggest races in the country and its southern Tennessee locale allows for a later race date and correspondingly longer training window for the team. It is a two-day race and Case had their women's club four and men's champ eight registered for racing that day. Weather prevented all Saturday racing to be cancelled leaving only the Sunday schedule.

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Fourth year student Patrick DelBarba at the 2014 Head of the Hooch.
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The only two boats from Case had entered on Sunday were fourth year student Patrick DelBarba and alumna Mallory Miller '13 in their singles. Patrick sculled his way to 2nd place in the championship 1x event ahead of 27 other scullers. Mallory took third in the lightweight single behind scullers from Atlanta Rowing Club and Oklahoma City University.

Race results for the Head of the Hooch can be found HERE.

2014 Head of the Hooch Photo Gallery

Ken Klika, US Marine

Kenneth L. Klika MS'90 - 1945-2014

Ken Klika was called home to the Lord on October 31, 2014 after a brief illness. He was 69. Ken was the faculty advisor for the CWRU rowing team and also an avid rower himself. He was a retired professor emeritus from the University of Akron and was currently serving as an assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of civil engineering at CWRU.

Kenneth leaves behind his wife, Patricia Klika; and sons, Kenneth J. (Jennifer) and Kristopher; daughter, Kelly Klika and granddaughters, Kate and Jill.

Ken was an extremely proud ex-Marine and stayed in phenomenal shape. We "discovered" him via the Concept 2 online logbook, where he was toiling away for hundreds of thousands of meters on the erg. We convinced him to join our team for the 2012 January Virtual Team Challenge where he promptly dropped 352,451 meters on an unsuspecting team from U. Chicago.

The fairly fortuitous introduction to the Case Crew led Ken to join the team as part of the novice squad. He thoroughly enjoyed the on-the-water experience and won his first medal at Cincinnati's 2012 Head of the Hidden Dragon. He developed a strong bond with the student athletes and agreed to serve as faculty advisor for the team.

As a civil engineering professor he also began researching rowing tanks by traveling across the country to various boathouses. At the time of his passing he had in his back pocket designs from a student thesis he sponsored as professor and tank components in storage that he and SARA procured from Washington state. He was also actively campaigning for the university to house said tank on campus to benefit the student athletes he'd come to love.

Ken was a shining light of optimism and foresight. He came to the sport later in life, but you could see how it transformed him and those around him. He will be missed, and God bless.

Click here for Ken's obituary or PDF. The Case Daily also had a memorial to Ken (PDF). The Observer: html and pdf.

Doug Brubaker, Ken Klika & Patrick DelBarba with their medals at the 2012 Head of the Hidden Dragon

DelBarba & Kirkegaard Finish 4th in Champ 2x in Philly

October 25-26, 2014: Case Crew sculler Patrick DelBarba and former Case Crew strength and conditioning assistant coach KP Kirkegaard finish 4th in this year's championship double race at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia. JP currently rows for the Vesper elite program and Patrick rows for them in the summer. This home course advantage proved beneficial to place so highly.

JP raced his single on Saturday and took 5th place in the Champ 1x event as well.

Race results for the Head of the Schuylkill can be found HERE.

2014 Head of the Schuylkill Photo Gallery

DelBarba Finished in Top 10 in Champ 1x in Boston

October 18, 2014: Case Crew sculler Patrick DelBarba finish 9th in this year's championship single race at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA. This finish improved on his 11th place finish last year to and qualified him for next year's race. This amazing result put him ahead of numerous current and former national team members. Patrick was 49 seconds off the winner and only 34 seconds off reigning Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale who finished fourth.

The team decided not to focus on this year's Charles due to the cost and logistics involved. Therefore, Patrick was the only Case Crew representative at this year's regatta. Former Case Crew strength and conditioning assistant coach KP Kirkegaard also race in the champ 1x and he finished 15th rowing for Vesper.

Race results for the Head of the Charles can be found HERE.

2014 Head of the Charles Photo Gallery

Grand Outing in Lansing for Case Crew

October 12, 2014: Case Crew brought the whole team to Lansing, Michigan to compete against the big club teams in the area. This year's event did not conflict with the Head of the Charles so many teams brought full contingents. The 3300 meter Grand River regatta course is relatively short for a fall race, and the nice weather made for some fast ratings and times.

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Case Crew Women's Novice 4+ at the 2014 Head of the Grand
(c) J. Zuccala, (s) L. Fan, (3) E. Schnittman, (2) M. Kus, (b) A. Pomeroy

The regatta hosted most of the clubs from Michigan including U Michigan, Michigan State, Grand Valley & Michigan Tech along with Notre Dame. Stand out performances for Case came in the novice fours with the women taking 3rd and men taking fifth. The women's novice 8+ also took 4th in their race ahead of Grand Valley's "B" entry and Eastern Michigan.

The women's varsity 4+ and men's novice 8+ had rough goes finishing near the back of their fields. The unsung result of the day came in the men's varsity 8+ with Case finishing in 8th place. Watching them in person the crew showed poise and speed, and the middle of the pack finish was a solid result considering all the boats ahead of them will most likely contend Vails or ACRA national championship finals. In the history of Case Crew we can count on one hand when the team has been able to field an 8+ of men or women with this much speed.

HOT Grand 2014
Case Crew Men's Varsity 8+ at the 2014 Head of the Grand
(c) M. Miyagi, (s) J. English, (7) G. Brown, (6) L. Hoye, (5) P. Smith, (4) M. Hausladen, (3) C. Ryu, (2) L. Vroge, (b) L. Fakult

In the old man events Tim Marcovy LAW'77 and Doug Rathburn '97 joined forces to finish near the back in the master 2x. Then they jumped into singles where Doug took first and Tim took second. SARA Secretary Brian Chorney who lives in Michigan came down to the race to cheer the team on, but did not make it into a shell. He assured all attending he'd be fit by April for the alumni regatta!

Race results for the Head of the Grand can be found HERE.

2014 Head of the Grand Photo Gallery

Early Season Speed at the Head of the Cuyahoga

September 20, 2014: Case Crew competed in the 19th running of the Head of the Cuyahoga and showed significant early season speed. The team walked away from the regatta with medals in all but one event. Stand out performances occurred in the Men's Open 8+, Men's Novice 4+ and Men's Open 1x. A few alumni also took part with Mallory Miller taking 3rd in the Women's Open 1x and Doug Rathburn in the 1x and then in the 2x with Dan Bachmann.

Beautiful weather and a full 4.8km course greeted the rowers. With over 400 entries and 2000 competitors the event took on a festive atmosphere. The new CWRU athletic director, Amy Backus, also came down to the boathouse to meet the students and alumni. At the end of the day SARA christened a new Peinert heavyweight single that SARA donated to the team and the Spartan Navy.

The novice team had legitimate success at this year�s regatta. The women's 8 and 4 consisted of newly minted team members and took 3rd and 1st in their events, respectively. The men�s novice 4 consisted of guys that rowed in high school and destroyed their competition by over 1.5 minutes! The novice men's 8 was filled with truly novice rowers with only a handful of practices under their belt yet were still within 22 seconds of cross-town rivals from JCU.

The Case men took the Blue Riband event taking the Open 8 by over 30 seconds and in commanding form. There are high hopes for both the varsity men and women this year with many returning rowers this fall.

In the small boats Patrick DelBarba continued to excel with wins in the Open 1x and teaming up with a friend from Vesper to also win the Master 2x by nearly a minute.

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SARA VP Dan Bachmann christening the sachem

Alumni women raced in singles with Mallory Miller taking 3rd in the Open 1x and alumna and former Case Crew coach Nancy Richter winning the Master C 1x. On the men's side Dan Bachmann and Doug Rathburn teamed up to finish near the bottom in the Master 2x. With Dan sculling less than 10 times in his life any result was a result! Rounding out the results was Doug Rathburn in the Master 1x taking third. Tim Marcovy raced with WRRA in the men's master 8+ and finished 4th.

Men's Novice 8+ heading down to the dock for their event.

To continue the mission of providing world class equipment to the team, SARA unveiled a brand new replacement for the Capt. Rando. The Capt. Rando is a 1997 Peinert 26 heavyweight single that we sold and replaced with a brand new version of the same hull. The new boat was christened the sachem and is the perfect complement to the X25 lightweight Peinert we donated a couple years ago. During the short ceremony Dan and Doug said a few words about the shell and the purpose of SARA supporting the team.

Race results for the Head of the Cuyahoga (HOTC) can be found HERE.

2014 Head of the Cuyahoga Photo Gallery

Tons of Photos and Race Results

SARA Gallery

SARA is continuing to build a comprehensive database of old Case Crew photos and race results. We've reached almost 4,000 photos, but are constantly on the look out for more! If you have any photos or results to add please email Doug Rathburn. We'll even convert old negatives to digital, post them on the SARA web site and mail the negatives back to you. Click here for the SARA Photo Gallery or on the logo to the left to view the thousands of photos.

Also, if you have any paper copies of old race results we'd appreciate a copy. Click here for the SARA Race Result Archive to see past results and which ones are still needed. Thanks!





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