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Spring 2014 Wish List Posted
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 equipment for the shells and coaches. However, this spring the coaches would like
to help with the student athlete's experience by helping defray the cost of a bus to spring break and some training
nutritional aids. We even thought of getting the team some custom made sweat bands. If we get enough pledges, those
making the pledges will get their own sweat bands too!
Fundraising with Amazon.com -- Use our link for Case Crew!
as of December 3 - Thanks!!!
SARA Amazon Affiliate Program Results
Over $10,000 raised since Oct'07!
Do all your shopping at Amazon using our link to access the site and Case Crew will get at least 6% of each purchase. Also, consider
buying a gift certificate first to buy your product and double the amount raised.
The campaign so far has been very successful.
But using the link everytime you visit Amazon is critical for us to get credit for each purchase.
Please Note: Amazon doesn't make it perfectly easy for us to get credit for purchases.
Many people use the link to add items to their shopping cart and then purchase them at a later date. However, we only get credit if you use the
when you actually make the purchase. Therefore, when you return to Amazon you must use the link provided
at the point your credit card is charged for us to get credit.
Case Crew Varsity & Alumni Head to Boston
October 19-20, 2013: The Case Crew Varsity and a number of alumni
headed to Boston for the largest regatta in the world, the Head of the Charles. In it's 49th year,
the regatta hosts over 9000 competitors over two and is the sport's true fall rowing festival. The weekend featured great fall
weather with extremely fast conditions on Saturday. Seventeen course records were broken with slow river flow (it's an upriver course)
and a clipping tailwind for much of the course guided the crews quickly to the finish line.
Holdren, McCormick, Christoffersen, Ryu & Sandhu (cox) in the Collegiate 4+
Case had entries in the Men's Collegiate 4+, Women's Club 4+ and Patrick DelBarba in the Champ Single. The women were given a last minute
entry due to a scratch from another crew and had to scramble to make arrangements to compete. Alumni showed up in force with Mallory Miller '13
in the Lightweight Single, Doug Brubaker '13 in the Club Single and a Directors' Mixed Quad made up of Nicholas Miller '12, Caitlin Bowerman '13,
Mallory Miller '13 and Patrick DelBarba '15. The quad raced as Long Lake RC since Nicholas and
Caitlin are both coaches of this Minnesota club. Competing with thier own clubs were Case Crew founder Tom Hudak '91 with
Three Rivers RA in the Club 8+ and Evan Halprin '02 with
Station L RC in the Directors' Men's Quad.
The Men's Collegiate 4+ had the "best race story" of the weekend. The crew of Matt Holdren (s), Liam McCormick (3), Steffen Christoffersen (2), Chris Ryu (b)
& Sheerin Sandhu (cox) tangled with Vassar College
that resulted in damage to their shell. The going opinion is that the Vassar guys were a bit excessive since a few holes were punctured into the hull.
To add insult to injury Case was assessed a one minute penalty for causing the collision. As a result they finished well back of the pack in 35th
place out of 38 crews. However, they're hungry and hope to meet up with the Vassar guys in a heat at Vails.
You can see the hull damage here. In order to inflict this
much damage to a modern hull the other team must have had malicious intent in mind. And all of that in order to finish only 4 places higher and
without a penalty. Since the regatta is so big everyone comes and Coach Marcovy was able to get the boat onto the Pocock trailer.
It'll be fixed over the winter and be ready to take on the spring races.
The women in the Club 4+ were happy to be even racing due to the late entry. They had good weather and clear water resulting in a highly enjoyable row.
The crew of Valerie Michel (s), Abby Sevier (3), Stephanie Merlino (2), Colleen Kennedy (b) & Min Seok Choi (cox) finished in 41st place out of 46 crews.
The regatta proved a nice cap to the fall season and will provide motivation over the winter as they hit the ergs for spring.
Michel, Sevier, Merlino, Kennedy, & Choi (cox) in the Club 4+
Junior Patrick DeBarba raced in the Champ Single and placed 11th out of 28 scullers. He matched his last year's 4.8% margin from Norwegian winner Kjetil Borch
though improved his placing by seven spots. He beat a number of national teamers in an event where the reigning Olympic champion finished third and the current
US National Team sculler finished in 24th. This amazing performance gained him automatic entry into the event next year.
Patrick DelBarba '15 in the Champ Single
Alumna sculler Mallory Miller '13 finished 15th out of 17 scullers in the elite event that was won by Mary Jones of Vesper.
Doug Brubaker '13 just missed automatic qualification by one spot by finishing 22nd out of 41 scullers. He was 10.9% off the winning
time of Taylor Perry from Fredericton RC. Doug is currently a grad student at Case
and is rowing unaffiliated so that he can save eligibility to row with the team this coming spring.
The all-CWRU line up from Long Lake RC had the best result of the regatta finishing in 6th place out of 25 boats. They were 3.8% off the winners
from Willamette Rowing Club in the Directors' Mixed Quad event. The Directors' races serve as a fundraiser
for the regatta's endowment. Entering the event requires a significant donation and athletes are then allowed to compete twice in the regatta:
in their normal event and the Directors' Challenge race.
In other racing, Tom Hudak '91, sitting in 3-seat for his Three Rivers 8+ finished 27th of 47 crews. Evan Halprin '02 rowing for Station L out of
Portland, Oregon also raced in a Directors' Challenge race. His Men's Quad finished 16th of 39 crews.
Race results for the Head of the Grand can be found HERE.
2013 Head of the Charles Photo Gallery
Grand Day in Michigan for MN4+
October 20, 2013: While the Varsity was contending on the Charles River in Boston,
Case Crew's Novice Men were in search of glory on the Grand River
at Lansing, Michigan this October in the Head of the Grand Regatta. The team originally planned a larger contingent for the regatta.
However, the Varisty Women gained a last minute entry to the Charles, and Fall Break occurred this weekend, which limited numbers.
The Men's Novice 4+ of Liam Hoye (stroke), Luke Faulkt (3), Lucas Vroeye (2), and Masato Miyagi (bow), with Susannah Ahn at coxswain,
competed over the 3300m course against 7 other crews from Michigan including U Michigan,
Michigan State, & Michigan Tech.
The conditions were near perfect, with very little wind and 53°F partly cloudy skies. At the 1000m to go point, the crew
looked strong, rowing at a 28 1/2 rate. The crew finished in 6th place ahead of Michigan Tech and Grand Valley in a time of 12:06.
Alumnus Brian Chorney '07 was on hand to watch and take photos. Normally a fixture in Boston helping organize alumni and parents,
he recently relocated to the Grand Rapids area.
Race results for the Head of the Grand can be found HERE.
2013 Head of the Grand Photo Gallery
Hoye, Vroeye, Ahn, Miyagi & Faulkt
Head of the Charles Results!
Click on the links below for the full results of each event:
Women's Club 4+ - Case Crew finished 41st of 46 crews
Men’s Collegiate 4+ - Case Crew finished 35th of 30 crews (with 1min penalty)
Men’s Champ 1x – Patrick DelBarba (Case) finished 11th of 28 scullers
Men’s Club 8+ – Three Rivers w/ Tom Hudak '91 finished 27th of 47 crews
Men’s Club 1x – Doug Brubaker '13 (Unaffiliated) finished 22nd of 41 scullers
Women's Lightweight 1x – Mallory Miller '13 (Unaffiliated) finished 15th of 17 scullers
Directors' Challenge Men's 4x – Station L RC w/ Evan Halprin '02 finished 16th of 39 crews
Directors' Challenge Mixed 4x – Long Lake RC (Alumni Bowerman, M Miller, N Miller, & DelBarba) finished 6th of 25 crews
2013 Head of the Charles Photo Gallery
More to come!!!
Speakmon Highlights Team Speed
October 12, 2013: Case Crew sent their squad to Columbus
to compete at the Speakmon Regatta on Griggs Reservoir. The fall fixture features a
number of teams from around the region and usually marks the first time the novices get to race. The team posted top 3 finishes
in the Men's Varsity 4+, both men's and women's novice fours, and in the men's open single. Near perfect racing conditions
greeted the team in what proved to be an awesome day for Case Crew.
Race organizers shortened the course a bit this year to 2.4 miles. They also gave out gold, silver and bronze medals (era of participation medals for
little Timmy in everything) to only the junior races. Meaning in all other events it was either gold or go home. The varsity men entered
two boats with the top crew of Matt Holdren, Chris Ryu, Steffen Christoffersen, and Liam McCormick with Sheerin Sandhu coxing took 2nd place
by 4 seconds behind the University of Cincinnati. The second crew took 7th ahead of crews from
Ohio U, Cleveland State,
John Carroll and Indiana U.
Women's Varsity 4+
The novice men's crew of Liam Hoye, Luke Fakult, Alexander Haueisen and Masato Miyagi with Sarah Nia Coleman coxing won their event by over 5 seconds
to the nearest competitor from Cleveland State. The novice women's 4+ "rubbed" oars with Cleveland State on their way to a 3rd place finish. The
crew Grace Bugos, Mahima Devarajan, Brianna Torres, and K. Fechner with Tara Tran coxing had a great introduction to the sport and a brewing cross town
The varsity women were pitted against three Ohio State varsity crews that took all three top spot by over a minute to 4th place. Then it was U. Cincinnati
followed by our women in 5th place. The crew of Valerie Michel, Abby Sevier, Stephanie Merlino and Colleen Kennedy with Peter Choi coxing showed some grit
finishing ahead of crews from Xavier and John Carroll.
Gold Medal winning Men's Novice 4+: Hoye, Fakult, Haueisen, Miyagi & Coleman (cox)
In the singles Patrick DelBarba finished 2nd and Doug Brubaker finished 5th in the Open Men's event. Doug is still in grad school but saving some eligibility
in order to compete at Vails in the spring. Therefore, he's competing as WRRA or unaffiliated this fall. Doug also competed in the masters single
and finished 6th overall due to the age handicap, but had the 2nd fastest raw time.
Recent graduate and past Case Crew president Mallory Miller raced in the women's lightweight single. She crushed the other two competitors by nearly
2 minutes for gold.
Race results for the Speakmon Regatta can be found HERE.
2013 Speakmon Regatta Photo Gallery
Small Contingent of Students & Alumni Head to Pittsburgh for HOTO
October 5, 2013: This year's Head of the Ohio was not an "official" event for
Case Crew, but a few students and a handful of alumni made the
trek down I-76 to race. The morning yielded some rain, but things cleared up by the afternoon for some nice racing.
The photo highlight of the day comes from Case Crew founder Tom Hudak '91. Rowing for Three Rivers his coxswain ran their eight
into a navigation buoy during the warm up and snapped his oar in half. Fortunately someone retrieved a replacement and his
crew was able to finish 2nd in the open event ahead of a bunch of other college crews. TRRA will be heading to the Charles to
race the Club 8 event. Tom also took 1st in the Open Quad.
Patrick DelBarba teamed up with a sculler from Virginia Commonwealth University to win
the Men's Open 2x. Alumni Chris Shoemaker and Adam Wilson took on a tough field of collegiate rowers in the Open Pair to finish
7th - ahead of four other crews. Doug Brubaker raced the Open Single and took 5th. Alumna Mallory Miller '13 rowed unopposed in
the Women's Lightweight Single. Tim Marcovy LAW'77, rowing for WRRA,
took 2nd in the Men's Master 4+ and 1st in the Masters 8+.
Race results for the Head of the Ohio can be found HERE.
2013 Head of the Ohio Photo Gallery
Hudak in 2-seat sans oar!
CWRU Crew 2013-2014 Regatta Schedule
Below is the Case Crew fall 2013 and spring 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. Yes, for the first time we're attempting to host a proper dinner this year!
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.
||Head of the Cuyahoga
||Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse
||Columbus, OH - Griggs Reservoir
||Head of the Charles - Varsity
||Boston, MA - Charles River
||Head of the Grand - Novices
||Lansing, MI - Grand River Park
||24 Hour Ergathon (fundraiser)
||Cleveland, OH - CWRU Campus
||Cleveland, OH - CWRU Campus
||Cleveland Collegiate Regatta
||Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse
||Alumni Regatta & SARA AGM
||Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse
||Spring Lake, MI
||Grand Rapids, MI - Grand River
||Dad Vail Regatta
Early Season Tune Up On the Cuyahoga
September 21, 2013: Case Crew and a number of alumni participated in this weekend's
Head of the Cuyahoga (HOTC) in Cleveland. The 18th running of the event did not go off without a hitch. This year a couple freighters decided to
block the river near the West 3rd Street Bridge and the race course had to be shortened from 4800m to about 2500m. The drama was even reported
by the Local 19 News.
Early, wet conditions gave way to decent weather in the afternoon. Case took home medals in the men's and women's novice fours and the men's single.
The women's novice four rowed uncontested and the men's novice four beat out Cleveland State for gold.
Assistant Coach Tim Marcovy was particularly proud of the novice men since they have had only about 10 on-the-water practices and were able to beat
the CSU novices who started rowing last spring by 30 seconds.
The men's single saw Patrick DelBarba take the event for the third year in a row just ahead of team assistant JP Kirkegaard. CWRU grad student Doug Brubaker
took 5th just under a minute behind Patrick.
The varsity women fielded an eight that placed 4th ahead of crews from Ohio University
and Miami University, but just behind cross town rivals Cleveland State. Shaker Heights accidentally
"borrowed" one of the boat's seats and as a result the crew was delayed reaching the start. The organizers let them complete the course alone
and allowed their time to place in the event. Not ideal, but a good result to finish 4th.
Varsity 4+: Valerie Michel (s), Abby Sevier, Stephanie Merlino, Hannah Olson-Williams (b), Tara Tran (cox)
The women also fielded two boats in the open four event with the "A" line up of varsity rowers finishing in 5th and the "B" entry of novice
rowers finished 8th. The event attracted a number of masters crews with an entry
from WRRA and two from TRRA besting our
varsity ladies. In fact, WRRA took top honors overall ahead of a very quick entry from
The varsity men also had a little drama in the open 4 event. The crew borrowed a relatively inexperienced coxswain from another team, and let's
say it didn't end well. Through a series of events mid-race they ended up stopping for over 30 seconds and when underway the racing line
was "less than optimal." Considering all of that, they finished near the bottom of the 15 boat field but still ahead of Cleveland State and OhioU.
SARA also entered the Open 4 and fortunately had fewer issues that the Case men. The alumni finished 4 places higher than Case in 9th place.
The line-up of Nate Uber, Chris Denzel, Adam Wilson and Chris Shoemaker all rowed together on the team a few years ago.
Alumnus and SARA Board Member Chris Shoemaker had this to say:
The entire day was terrific. We took 9th of 16 and were 22 seconds out of a medal spot, not bad for a bunch of guys that have not practiced
together for 5 years now. It was terrific being on the water with them again and our shell, the Stefan James, was fantastic.
Those Pocock boats are fast.
Recent graduates Caitlin Bowerman and Mallory Miller reprised their winning form from last year and took first in the women's open double. Mallory also took first in the
women's open single.
Race results for the Head of the Cuyahoga (HOTC) can be found HERE.
2013 Head of the Cuyahoga Photo Gallery
CWRU hires Aaron Marcovy to Lead the Spartan Navy
August 15, 2013: Aaron Marcovy was hired by the athletic department as head coach for CWRU Crew.
Aaron recently returned to Cleveland after a distinguished international rowing career that included IRA medals and a
Boat Race victory. He is a 2001 graduate of St. Ignatius High School where he was a national
champion rower. He then went on to row at Columbia University then to Oxford University to pursue graduate studies.
While at Oxford he won the Boat Race against Cambridge in 2008. He was then invited to
train at pre-elite camps in Philadelphia and Oklahoma City until 2012 when life and health warranted a step away from competition.
He now works in PR for MCPc in Cleveland.
Aaron was also able to convince his father, Tim, to pick up the megaphone again to be the team's novice coach. As many of you know,
Tim has done two previous stints coaching the team and is a SARA Board member. He is extremely excited by the challenge of building the
next generation of Spartans with his son.
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We've been at this for 10 years and it's time to update our branding and web presence. You can also select the old logo if
it's still your favorite. Thanks, and here's to another 10 years!
Tons of Photos and Race Results
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!