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Varsity 8's Place in Top 5 at the Head of the Hooch
November 7-8, 2015: Case Crew men's and women's varsity eights
headed to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the last great head race in the fall - The Head of the Hooch. The early November event draws
thousands of competitors from across the South and Midwest to the beautiful 5,000m downstream course on the Tennessee River. Case sent their two
top eights to race on Saturday with the women taking fourth out of 30 crews and the men places fifth out of 28 crews.
Hooch WV8: Schnittmann, Merlino, Sevier, Kennedy, Olson-Williams, Roberts, Thomsen, Monroe with Miyagi (cox)
The coaches seat raced the squads during the weeks after the Charles to identify the fastest potential line up. This included allowing the frosh/novice
squad to participate in the mix. The final line ups included two rower each from the frosh/novice squad. The women's 8+ line up of Emily Schnittmann (s),
Steph Merlino (7), Abby Sevier (6), Colleen Kennedy (5), Hannah Olson-Williams (4), Jen Roberts (3), Anna Thomsen (2), Maya Monroe (b) and Masato Miyagi (cox)
were first up in the morning. The crew finished in fourth with only four crews finishing with a sub-18 minute time. Taking the top three spots were
community rowing from Boston, Clemson University and the Chicago Rowing Foundation. Trailing the Spartans were a full list of UAA and Division I colleges.
Hooch MV8: Fakult, Ryu, Norchi, Mann, Cronin, Hoye, Smith and Holdren with Kabins (cox)
Rain fell most of the day Saturday, but it didn't slow down the crews. The men's line up of Matt Holdren (s), Phil Smith (7), Liam Hoye (6), Kevin Cronin (5),
Sean Mann (4), Ryan Norchi (3), Chris Ryu (2), Luke Fakult (b) and Liana Kabins (cox) took 5th overall. The crew were only 18 seconds off the winners
from UNC Chapel Hill. Adrenaline was at play with the team reporting sub-1:25 splits off the start. The pace tapered a bit as the boys settled down
to beat another long list of UAA and DI schools in Chattanooga for the race.
The race marked the end of the Case rowing careers of a number of team stalwarts. With spring racing not allowing grad students, the phenomenal performances
at the Hooch capped marvelous careers for Abby Sevier, Steph Merlino and Matt Holdren.
Racing in the big boats was complete before lunch on the first day and the team drove back to Cleveland. Chris Ryu '16 hung back in order to race on Sunday
in the Champ Single. The temperatures from Saturday dropped from the mid 60's to the mid 50's on Sunday. The wind also picked up to give the course
a strong cross tail wind, which made progress to the start a bit dicey. Chris finished in 13th place with a time of 19:53.8 in a field of 17 scullers.
SARA Men's Master 4x: Rathburn, A. Marcovy, T. Marcovy & Brubaker
Alumni were also in action at the race with SARA racing a men's master quad on Saturday morning. The line-up of Doug Rathburn (s), Aaron Marcovy (3),
Tim Marcovy (2) and Doug Brubaker (b) dusted off the SARA racing shirts (cotton in a rain storm = not a great idea) to finish in 11th out of 14 crews.
Most importantly they beat the alumni entry from WashU. Doug also raced in the master single event on Sunday placing 10th out of 16 scullers.
Race results for the Head of the Hooch can be found HERE.
2015 Head of the Hooch Photo Gallery
CWRU Crew 2015-2016 Regatta Schedule
Below is the Case Crew 2015-2016 racing & event 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!
Women's Varsity 4+ Finish Strong in Boston; Qualify for Next Year!
October 17, 2015: The Case Crew women's varsity four
headed to Boston for the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta. The world's largest regatta
hosted over 10,000 athletes over two days on the Charles River. The women's four of Steph Merlino, Abby Sevier, Colleen Kennedy
and Hannah Olson-Williams with Masato Miyagi coxing finished in 31st place out of 63 finishers. The position re-qualified the
boat for next year's regatta. This performance was the first ever re-qualification for a Case team boats in team history!
Charles Qualifiers: Merlino, Sevier, Kennedy, Olson-Williams and Miyagi with Coach Rachel Stanley
The crew were not lucky with the bow draw. They drew number 64, or last in the line of Women's Club Fours. In order
to qualify they would have to battle through the best clubs and colleges in the country. There are conflicting reports
on how many crews our ladies actually passed, but they were many. The men's club 8+ event started right after them after
a short pause, and no men's crews were able to catch our crew!
Cold and blustery conditions proved difficult for many crews. White caps were reported in the Charles River Basin where the
race starts. Stiff head winds battered against the crews for most of the course leading to unusually slow times across the board.
Temperatures were on the edge of comfort hovering in the 40's for most of the day.
By finishing in the top half of the field, Case is guaranteed an entry in the event for the 2016 regatta. On their way
to the top tier finish, we beat a number of marquee crews including Princeton (!), Bryn Mawr, Penn State, Rutgers, Vanderbilt
and RPI to name a few. Great job ladies!
Race results for the Head of the Charles can be found HERE.
2015 Head of the Charles Photo Gallery
Strong Showing at the Head of the Grand in Lansing, MI
Case Crew traveled to Lansing, Michigan for the third year in a row to
test their mettle against the strong programs based in Michigan. The race, hosted by Michigan State,
is an informal head race on the Grand River covering 3,300m. The Sunday event hosted only collegiate crews and both the men's and women's
team placed 4th overall in points behind the likes of Grand Valley,
Michigan State, Notre Dame (men)
and Eastern Michigan (women).
Novice women heading to the water.
The performance versus last year shows the progress the team has made. In the women's varsity 4+ event CWRU's "A" entry was 2:08.5 off of the
gold medal time (GMT) in 2014, while in 2015 they were off 0:57 off the pace with the JV 4+ 1:22.0 off of the GMT. In the 2014 MV8+ CWRU was off
the mark by 1:12.8, and in 2015 were 0:46.0 behind and the JV 8+ were 1:47.0 off the winners.
In 2015 the team fielded double the number of crews as well!
In the women's varsity 8+, Case finished behind both Michigan State entries and Eastern Michigan's "A" entry -- both varsity status programs. They
also were beaten by Grand Valley's "A" entry by 25 seconds to finish in 5th out of nine entries. In the women's novice 8+ it was all Eastern Michigan
and Grand Valley boats with Case tying with two GVSU entries for third place out of 8 crews.
As mentioned above the Men's Varsity 8+ improved greatly over last year's row. They took 4th overall behind Grand Valley and two Notre Dame
crews. However, of note is the team beat both entries from Michigan State, which we believe this is the first time ever for our program!
The men's novice 8+ finished in the middle of the pack against a number of larger program entries. The men's varsity 4+ had a good race finishing
4th in the pack of large schools and far ahead of the smaller schools entered.
Grad student Doug Brubaker brought his single along and raced an exhibition against eight pairs to finish 7th!
We cannot stress the progress the team is making. In the overall team point category, both squads finished fourth behind
the larger schools with Case finishing with double digit points finishing in the mix within all races. Take a look at the results
for yourself below...
Click here for complete race results.
2015 Head of the Grand Photo Gallery
Medals for Varsity Women and Novice Men in Rochester
October 3, 2015: Case Crew passed on the Head of the Ohio for the first time
since 1993 seeking tough Division III competition in Rochester, New York at the Head of the Genesee. The competition on offer, regatta organization
and recent weather in Pittsburgh prompted the move to Rochester. The two-day Head of the Genesee plays host to most of the upstate
New York teams - both club and varsity sponsored programs -- and the Saturday events are college only. The Case women's four of Steph Merlino (s), Abby Sevier (3), Colleen Kennedy (2), Hannah Olson-Williams (b) and Masato Miyagi (c)
walked away with the Margaret Bodenstedt Cup for open fours. The Novice squad also posted solid results finishing with silver in the men's eight and
fourth in the women's eight. The men's varsity eight finished in the middle of the pack behind mostly varsity programs and just off the heels
of UAA rival Rochester -- closer than a Case men's 8 has ever been to Rochester.
Merlino, Sevier, Miyagi, Kennedy and Olson-Williams with the Margaret Bodenstedt Cup for Open Fours
As the east coast was being battered by a tropical storm, wind and rain forced the postponement of the event. The organizers eventually re-grouped and
instead of holding the 4,000m event on the Genesee River moved it over to the Erie Canal. The dead straight, two-boat wide Erie Canal served Case
well for racing and putting down fast times.
Case entered two women's fours into the open event. And as noted before took home the Cup while the JV squad took 10th overall out of 14 crews.
Overall there were nine varsity crews in the event with our JV crew beating three. The regatta typically plays host to a handful of Division I schools
that were not in attendance this year. Take a look at the names of the previous cup winners in the
gallery: Cornell, Syracuse, Brock, McGill, etc. During
the awards ceremony the announcer was pleasantly surprised to be handing the cup to regatta newcomer CWRU!
The men's novice squad fielded two crews and the coaching staff split experienced rowers with true novices. The crews finished second and seventh
out of nine crews claiming the second medal for Case. The boys are eager to see how they hold up against the Michigan teams at the Head of the Grand
All smiles from the men's novice 8+ with their Head of the Genesee silver medals!
The women's novice squad finished 30 seconds out of the medals in fourth out of 11 crews. DIII Varsity powerhouses Ithaca and Rochester took the
top two spots with club team SUNY Geneseo claim the bronze. Behind the Spartans were four other varsity squads from RIT A & B, William Smith
and Rochester B.
Click here for complete race results.
2015 Head of the Genesee Photo Gallery
Case Crew Alumnus Honored by Case Alumni Association
Case Crew alumnus Ram Fish '95, MS '95 has been honored with the Meritorious Service Award
by the Case Alumni Association (CAA). All of the 2015 alumni award winners will be honored on campus during homecoming weekend
The CAA citation reads:
After completing both his bachelor's and master's degree in computer engineering at the Case School of Engineering, Fish received an MBA from
Yale University's School of Management in 2001. With more than 20 years experience in developing products, Fish has become a true leader
in his field. Previously, Fish worked for Apple and Nokia and founded two successful startups, BlueLibris and Fonav.
In his role at Samsung Electronics, Fish was responsible for driving new initiatives focused on disruptive technologies and platforms
for the health and wellness market, including wearable technology.
Ram is still an active rower when time permits at the Bair Island Aquatic Center in Silicon Valley.
He has extended an open invitation to alums wishing to row if ever in town. He went out for a practice with the varsity men and you can
see the photos here.
Students Claim Cuyahoga Medals in Every Event; Alumni Not-so-much
September 19, 2015: Case Crew fielded 11 crews across 8 events and took home hardware
in all eight events at the 20th running of the Head of the Cuyahoga (HOTC).
Every member of the team, varsity and novice, raced collegiate teams from Marietta College,
Ohio University, Miami University, and the
University of Toledo along with the other Cleveland home schools
John Carroll University, and Cleveland State University.
The weather threatened thunderstorms all day and wind blew steadily from the south giving a push to crews down the first main straight to Marathon Bend
and then to Tower City. Most of the students raced the course twice resulting in a 20km day.
Alumni Men's 8+ at the 2015 Head of the Cuyahoga
L-R: McCormick, Juengling, Pfahl, Krofcheck, Uber, Bachmann, Brubaker, Rathburn and Monroe (cox)
The Spartan Alumni Rowing Association was in force and entered the Masters Men's 8+ and 4+ events. The alums put on a brave performance,
but a lack of performance and age handicap saw both crews finish well down the pack. However, there were lots of smiles and delusions that
they would be faster next year. The eight was made up of a mix of alumni along with inactive & active rowers while the four of Uber, Rathburn,
Krofcheck and Bachmann did not go faster due to their all-alumni status.
On the women's side, a brewing rivalry is being formed between Case and Miami of Ohio. The teams met up last spring over 2000m on
Aurora Lake and Miami got the best of the Spartans in the big boats.
Miami came north for the HOTC and took the Open 8+ gold over Case who were 9 seconds off the pace. In the varsity 4+ Case lost out to last year's
event winners from Upper Arlington by 50 seconds for silver.
Most of the novice women's squad picked up an oar three weeks ago and did not quite have enough juice to keep up with the Cleveland State
squad filled with mostly novices from the spring. The novice women's 8+ took silver ahead of Westerville RC,
but were still over 1.5 minutes off the CSU pace. In the novice women's 4+ Case took third behind Cleveland State and
Greater Columbus Rowing Association.
The Men's squad faced off against Marietta College, a varsity program, in the V8 and V4. Case fielded one 8 and Marietta brought their varsity and JV crews.
Case drew bow number 1 and held off Marietta's V8 all the way to Collision Bend, but a wide course around the turn brought the crews level.
The SARA 8 was in position to watch the crews race to the old boathouse, but Marietta was just too strong and passed Case under Carter Road.
The final verdict had Case just under a minute off the winning pace and ahead of the Marietta JV 8+ by over a minute.
Women's JV 4+
Kus (b), Powell (2), Schnittman (3), Karabinus (s), Kabins (c)
In the men's varsity 4+ a similar result was in the cards with the Case top four of Holdren, Cronin, Liam Hoye and Ryu taking silver in between the
varsity and JV crews from Marietta. Case's JV four finished in 7th place ahead of crews from Cleveland State,
Orchard Lake, Miami, Ohio and John Carroll.
Engine Room of the Case Men's Varsity 8+
L-R: Fakult, Hausladen, Cronin, Hoye, Ryu, Holdren and Kabins (cox)
The men's frosh/novice recruiting class was fill with rowers that had experience in high school. The experience showed in the novice 8's and fours.
Case fielded two novice 8's with the more experienced crew winning over John Carroll and the three-weeks-into-the-sport novices finishing behind JCU
in third. The lone novice 4+ entry also on their event ahead of crews from Cleveland State, Ohio University and a high school composite crew
A number of current CWRU grad students also entered a handful of small boat events with James Wehn taking gold in the Masters C 1x and Doug Brubaker
placing 2nd in the Open 1x. In the women's open pair former U. Chicago rower Aurelie Merlo and Christina Liu
formerly of Emory placed a respectable fourth in the event.
The duo try to squeeze in a few outings between medical and graduate school commitments and are extremely appreciative of the team and SARA equipment.
Current and former coaches also got into the act. Assistant Coach Bob Gannon and former head coach Patty Wolford raced the mixed double
for WRRA. Assistant Coach Tim Marcovy was also spotted in a couple WRRA shells throughout the day.
Rathburn '97 & Vroege '17
At the conclusion of racing alumni, students and parents gathered to celebrate the addition of three(!) eights to the
Spartan Navy. The shells were acquired by SARA from
Ithaca College and
Cornell University this summer and have been put into daily use by the crew
since classes started. SARA acquired a 2007 Pocock lightweight 8+ for the women's team and two matching
1999 heavyweight Resolute eights for the men's team.
SARA provided the funds and a number of alumni and parents stepped up to defray some of the costs. The women's eight was sponsored by team founder
Tom Hudak '92 and named after his wife. Tom wasn't in attendance so we did not officially christen this shell and will wait until he is in
town next spring. Seven of the seats in the women's eight were ultimately sponsored by parents and alumni.
The Resolute 8's were also both sponsored and both were christened at the event. The family of current rower Lucas Vroege '17 dedicated the
"Don McGrath" who was Lucas' grandfather. Doug Rathburn '97 provided the funded to name the second eight the "Alumni Victorius".
You can see photos of the christening here.
Thanks to everyone that came to the race, braved the weather and provided for a wonderful christening ceremony!
Click here for complete race results.
2015 Head of the Cuyahoga Photo Gallery
Holdren & Brown Third at ACRA National Championships!
May 23-24, 2015: Three rowers from Case headed south to compete in the American Collegiate Rowing Association
(ACRA) national championship regatta. Recent grads Matt Holdren and Gavin Brown raced the men's pair event and Chris Ryu raced the men's single.
The race held in Gainesville, Georgia is the national championship for club level rowing programs. The Lake Lanier venue hosted the 1996 Olympic Regatta, and
the weekend race was lucky with great weather for all races.
This year was the third time Case sent rowers to the championship, and this year's group held up the tradition of bringing home hardware!
The men's pair brought home the bronze medal finishing behind crews - both Dad Vail finalists - from High Point and
UConn. Chris Ryu finished the regatta taking 2nd in the third level final ahead of nine other scullers.
Previous ACRA regattas saw Patrick DelBarba '14 win the men's single in both 2012 and 2013 and Mallory Miller '13 took bronze in the
single in 2013.
In the Saturday heats the men's pair took second behind Vail silver medalists High Point to advance directly to the Sunday final.
Chris finished fourth in his heat and advanced to the Saturday afternoon repechage race. The Lake Lanier course affords organizers
8 lanes of racing, and the organizing committee uses all lanes for semis and finals. In the rep Chris had to finish in the top two to make
the semi. Unfortunately, he finished third by 0.6 seconds behind the University of Illinois
sculler to advance to the third level final on Sunday.
ACRA Bronze Medalists Holdren & Brown
The 8-boat final of the men's pair saw the top three crews separate themselves from the pack down the 2,000m buoyed course.
Coming into the last 300 meters, Case was in the hunt, battling High Point and the University of Connecticut, ultimately
succumbing to a staggering sprint by UConn to take third. Matt and Gavin gave it everything and were extremely pleased with their result.
Third year Chris Ryu in the single at the 2015 ACRA National Championships
The speed in the small boats is amazing given the fact they none of the three really trained for the regatta in these combinations.
Following Coach Aaron Marcovy's program this spring the team prioritized the 8+, and very little work was done in small boats. Chris was
only in the single a few times before the regatta. Matt and Gavin had done some pair work during their 4-year Case career, but were
rusty coming into the race. The top two crews prioritized those line ups all season, which puts into perspective the base speed
the team had this spring.
Click here for complete race results.
2015 ACRA National Championship Regatta Photo Gallery
Case Crew Culminates Year at Dad Vails
May 8, 2015: Case Crew took its largest ever squad to the
Dad Vail Regatta by boating
a men's varsity eight and four along with a women's varsity four and novice eight. The crews faced challenging heats and
all but the MV8+ were eliminated at the first stage of racing. The coaches prioritized the MV8 this year and were still able
to advance to the repechage on Friday afternoon.
The men's varsity 8+ of Philip Smith (b), Matt Hausladen (2), Chris Ryu (3), Luke Fakult (4), Matt Holdren (5), Liam Hoye (6), Gavin Brown (7),
Jack English (s) with Liana Kabins coxing drew Michigan,
Bucknell and Marietta in their heat.
All three crews are perennial Vails finalists and the men couldn't quite hang onto their sterns. Confidence was bred by the fact that
DePaul was also in the heat and Case had beaten
them soundly two weeks prior at MACRAs. Michigan and Bucknell claimed took the top two spots and advanced directly to the semi. Marietta
and Case both finished ahead of DePaul and would get a chance in the Repechage later in the afternoon. DePaul was eliminated.
Men's Varsity 8+ charging down the course at the 1500m mark.
The weather was beautiful all day with temperatures starting in the 70's in the morning and rising to the mid 80's in the afternoon. Wind was
negligible before lunch and picked up to a light headwind for afternoon racing. The men's 8+ afternoon race included some titans of Vails-caliber rowing.
St. Joseph's, Cincinnati,
Minnesota and Georgia Tech
all showed excellent form pushing Case back to fifth place in the rep. Finishing in sixth was a crew from
SUNY Binghamton. The men's squad graduates two seniors this year, Gavin Brown & Matt Holdren, and
this year's experience left the younger rowers excited for next year.
Women's Varsity 4+: Merlino (s), Sevier (3), Kennedy (2), Olson-Williams (b) & Zuccala (c).
On the women's side the charge was led by the varsity four of Steph Merlino (s), Abby Sevier (3), Colleen Kennedy (2), and Hannah Olson-Williams (b)
with Josh Zuccala coxing. The crew faced three varsity status programs in their heat and were beaten by two:
George Mason and
St. Joseph's. With only two advancing to the semi-finals it was
little consolation they beat the varsity squad from Fordham and club from Georgia Tech. The women were in second place for the majority
of the distance, but St. Joe was able to out-sprint our ladies at the line.
WN8+: Schnittman (s), Powell (7), Karabinus (6), Monroe (5), Kus (4), Freed (3), Asjes (2), Tobin (b) & O'Shea (c).
Prior to this year Case had only ever fielded one 8+ at Vails, and that was a novice women's crew in 2013. This year's edition of the
women's eight had to race three varsity women's squads in the 3-to-the-semi format. The crew looked great storming down the course, but
unfortunately could not hang onto the pack and finished in fifth place. It is a young, talented crew and within the boat were a couple spring
novices. There was talk of excitement after the racing and a desire to field a strong varsity 8+ next year.
Men's Varsity 4+: Vroege (s), Cronin (3), Evans (2), Miyagi (b) & O'Shea (c).
Seat racing for the final line ups and final seat in the 4+ lasted up until almost race day. The men's squad is fast and deep this year.
In the men's varsity 4+ heat Case drew three varsity status programs and finished fourth. The crew had good, flat morning conditions,
but the crew of Lucas Vroege (s), Kevin Cronin (3), Andrew Evans (2), Masato Miyagi (b) with Kathleen O'Shea coxing just could not
hang onto the speed of the leaders from St. Joes, Colgate and St. John Fisher.
This year the local alumni chapter and the university alumni office sponsored a tent. Nearly 50 alumni and parents pre-registered
and most attended either Friday or Saturday. The event even drew a contingent of area alums with no tie to the sport, but
wanted to come down and meet some current students. The tent was located at the 1500m mark and was the perfect place to watch the
racing. It did not hurt that the school provided some nice food, which the students appreciated most of all!
There was a lot of excitement about Case students racing in Philly. The all day, outdoor event provide ample opportunities for
alumni and students to mingle, which apparently is difficult to coordinate with other sports. The local alums and the university
alumni coordinators (shout out Molly Bauer and Tara Davis) that came were enthusiastic about the event and hope to build a new tradition.
We'd like to thank Kathy Ehlert, the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Lead, for pushing
to support the regatta and hopefully make an alumni tent an annual reality!
Click here for complete race results.
2015 Dad Vail Regatta Photo Gallery
Alumni, Students and Parents
Working Out the Kinks and Showing Speed at MACRA's
April 25, 2015: The MACRA regatta pulls in big club programs and small varsity programs from all over the Midwest for a day
of heats and finals. Winners of the MACRA events are typically strong medal contenders for Vails medals two weeks later. Case Crew
brought their Vails contingent to the race to test their mettle. The team had mixed results with
one boat in the Grand Final, one in a Petit Final and two others eliminated during the heats.
The temperature was in the 50's, but it was very blustery throughout the day. A stiff cross head wind made conditions
down the 2000m buoyed course a bit dicey -- especially the first 1000m. The regatta had stake boats available, but
many races were run with floating starts with a "close enough" attitude. The two Case boats eliminated during the heats were
still in the process of sculling to get a point when the starter gave the "Attention" command.
The coaches prioritized the line ups for both the Men's Varsity 8+ and Women's Varsity 4+ with both boats advancing to afternoon racing.
In the WV4+ the crew came second to Northwestern to advance. Then in the Grand Final
they could not hang onto the medaling crews from Mercyhurst,
U. Chicago and Grand Valley.
WV4+ of Merlino, Sevier, Kennedy, Olson-Williams and Zuccala (cox) in the Grand Final.
In the MV8+ the start of their heat was streaking fast with the crew out in front of the field until the 1000m mark. The crew held the
outermost lane assignment and they clipped the 1000m marker buoy and could never re-gain their base speed to finish in third behind
Mercyhurst and Notre Dame.
Mercyhurst has a varsity-status men's team and Notre Dame is a club juggernaut, and to say Case showed some speed is an
understatement. In the Petit final they finished 3rd behind Michigan State and
Illinois. Informed observers think this is the fastest men's 8+
Case has ever fielded.
In the women's novice 8+ finished at the back of the pack facing tough crews from Marquette,
DePaul and Miami. The same Miami crew
that had their number at the Aurora Lake Sprints. However, Case closed the gap from the previous meeting by 22 seconds. As mentioned
before the crew was aligning when the start gave the starting sequence. A few of the crew only started rowing after winter break, so
the race experience proved valuable in the lead up to Vails.
In the men's varsity 4+ the start, conditions, and new line up all played their parts for a 6th of 7 finish. A murderer's row of club programs
were entered in their heat, and the crew did not have the base speed to match qualifiers from Michigan State and Michigan.
MACRA's pits the team up against the fastest crews in the Midwest, and there were some real bright spots for the team to hang their hats on.
No single race was executed perfectly, and the weather played a role too. So there is more speed to be found in the next two weeks before
Vails. The team and coaches are looking to end the season with a bang in Philly!
Race results for the 2015 MACRA Regatta can be found HERE.
2015 MACRA Regatta Photo Gallery
Case Crew Alumni Descend Upon Cleveland, Win Everything
April 18, 2015: Over twenty Case alumni, parents and friends participated in the festivities associated with alumni regatta day.
The day consisted of some racing, being address by an Olympic gold medalist, the SARA Annual General Meeting and an alumni dinner.
The weather cooperated, and it was a wonderful day all around. Thanks to those that came!
The morning started with the usual gathering where SARA reps talked a bit about the organization, and alumni introduce themselves to the rowers.
This year's event was a bit poignant with SARA president Doug Rathburn presenting Patty Klika, the widow of Ken, with his
2015 JVTC 200km hat. SARA members pulled a total of 279,594 meters
to remember former team faculty advisor Ken Klika who was a stalwart of our JVTC teams.
After the morning get together and introductions, it was time to race! Up first was the mixed 8+. The alumni crew of Nate Uber (cox),
Doug Rathburn (s), Meg Grady (7), Tom Attenweiler (6), Jeff Chin (5), Doug Brubaker (4), Mike Krofcheck (3), Laura Kruse (2) and Caitlin Bowerman (b)
took the students "by a deck" according to head coach Aaron Marcovy *. The racing started just below the Center Street swing bridge
and concluded in front of the boathouse - a lung burning 700 meters. The student crew was Liana Kabins (cox), Gavin Brown (s), Matt Holdren (7),
Abby Sevier (6), Steph Merlino (5), Andrew Evans (4), Liam Hoye (3), Emily Schnittman (2) and Elizabeth Tobin (b).
The alumni mixed 8+ solidly in the lead coming under Center Street.
It was decided to allow the alums to revel in their victory and only contest one race. A perfect 1-0 in 2015! More importantly, the early end
allowed everyone to meet and hear from 3-time Olympic gold medalist Mary Whipple.
She was in town to provide a coxswain clinic, and we borrowed
her for nearly half an hour. She imparted some words of wisdom about commitment and racing, and then she was available to field questions.
Next followed the SARA AGM. The AGM is where the SARA officers detail the events of the previous year and the membership elects the board for the
coming year. You can read minutes of the meeting here.
In the evening everyone, plus some not there in the morning, met up at the Flat Iron Cafe
for our second ever alumni dinner. The agenda consisted of a video
and presentation given by the
Head Coach Aaron Marcovy. After some student speeches it was Doug's turn to provide some highlights
about SARA's year. You can view that presentation here.
New this year was the presentation by the alumni of the Spartan of the Year award given to a student who exemplifies the best attributes of
a student athlete, but also is mindful and supportive of the alumni. This year we gave the award to both Abby Sevier and Steph Merlino.
Thank you to everyone that made an effort to participate in the day. Next year is the team's 25th anniversary and we are planning a few
special items for next year's alumni regatta. This will include a special dinner and the presentation of the team's history being compiled
and edited by Tim Marcovy and Meg Grady. So please consider coming next year!
* Coach's decision was final. No quibble over the details of a favorable start, an alumni mixed 8+ with five men and the student 8+ all switching sides...
Race "results" for the 2015 Alumni Regatta can be found HERE.
2015 Alumni Regatta Photo Gallery
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
Race results for the Hammer Ergatta can be found HERE.
2015 Hammer Ergatta Photo Gallery
It's Time for the January Virtual Team Challenge!
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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.
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:
Spring 2015 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.ï¿½
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.
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.
Fourth year student Patrick DelBarba at the 2014 Head of the Hooch.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!