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Mixed Results at Lake Dillon Scrimmage

April 12, 2014: Case Crew headed a couple hours south to Lake Dillon just north of Zanesville, Ohio for a scrimmage against the University of Dayton men and John Carroll University. The double dual was the first true side-by-side racing for the team since early March at Spring Break. Even though some fine weather finally poked its way into Ohio this weekend, the team results on the water were mixed.

The women dominated JCU, and the Men's Novice 4+ and Mixed 8+ both crushed their JCU opponents by half a minute. The men dropped races in the Men's Varsity 8+ and 4+ by 8 seconds each to Dayton. A couple Dayton guys made the trip up to race at this winter's Hammer and showed some impressive speed there too. According to Head Coach Aaron Marcovy his charges stuck with the UD crew through the body of the race but were dropped during the sprint. Though never wanting to lose, this baseline speed is promising and he's lined up some competitive side-by-side work this coming week.


Men's Varsity Eights Lined Up at the Start • Dayton near & CWRU far

The Lake Dillon course is a new venue for Case. The organizing committee for the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association has worked closely with the park officials overseeing the lake to install a fully buoyed course for their high school championships. Therefore, the teams wanted to check out this new venue not only for a fun scrimmage, but as a test for possible future races.

Next up for the team is to work on some side-by-side progressions to help with finishing sprint speed in preparation for MACRAs in two weeks.

Click here for complete race results.

2014 Dayton & John Carroll Double Dual Photo Gallery


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.

Date: Event: Location: Results: Photos:
Sept 21 Head of the Cuyahoga Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse results photos
Oct 12 Speakmon Regatta Columbus, OH - Griggs Reservoir results photos
Oct 19-20 Head of the Charles - Varsity Boston, MA - Charles River results photos
Oct 20 Head of the Grand - Novices Lansing, MI - Grand River Park results photos
Feb 8 Hammer Ergatta Cleveland, OH - CWRU Campus results photos
Feb 21-22 24 Hour Ergathon (fundraiser) Cleveland, OH - CWRU Campus 406,060m photos
March 7-15 Spring Break Camp Bob Cooper - Summerton, SC   photos
March 22 Cleveland Collegiate Regatta Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse results photos
April 5 Alumni Regatta & SARA AGM Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse results photos
April 12 vs. Dayton U & JCU Dillon Lake - Nashport, OH results photos
April 26 MACRAS Ypsilanti Township, MI - Ford Lake    
May 9-10 Dad Vail Regatta Philadelphia, PA    
May 24-25 ACRA championships Gainesville, GA    

 


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Alumni Take All Races at Alumni Weekend!

April 5, 2014: Over twenty alumni descended on Cleveland for our 10th alumni regatta. The morning regatta featured four sprint races between student and alumni crews. The "results" went the way of the alums for all races. In fact, we stunned the undergrads into submission with our starting skills after many years of practice. The weather was in the high 30's with blustery conditions, which resulted in a mercifully shortened course from the red Center Street Bridge to the boathouse -- a distance just under 500m.


Alumni Women's 4+ looking solid
Line up: Miranda Cullins (s), Caitlin Bowerman (3), Meg Grady (2), Katie Puttmann (b) and Nina Ma (cox)

Even with the generous starting conditions the alumni boats looked solid. The first race of the morning was the men's 8+ with the alumni taking the race by just a length but the students gaining fast. The women's four featured former national team camp athlete Miranda Cullins in stroke and former Vails finalists Katie Puttmann and Caitlin Bowerman backing her up. This line up looked like old pros and could have walked past many crews currently in contention for Vails. The men's fours featured two alumni boats versus the current men's varsity. The faster of the alumni boats took advantage of a better racing line to pip the students at the line. The second alumni boat was just happy to be there. Last up was a stacked alumni mixed 8+ against a mostly novice student crew. The experienced alums took the last and final race of the day by a length.

This year's festivities included an alumni/student dinner for the first time instead of the customary evening mixer. The new format allowed for more social interaction between alumni and students, and the feedback was extremely positive. The students presented each alum with a custom bumper sticker as a memento. Novice Luke Fakult and club president Abby Sevier both described their attachment to the sport and the team -- very moving and motivating to those that had the privilege to hear them. Head coach Aaron Marcovy presented his framework for building team speed this season. It's still early and the championships are a month away, but the average 2k score on the team has dropped 20 seconds from last year. Lastly SARA president Doug Rathburn presented some details on the current funding landscape for club rowing and how SARA is supporting Case Crew. You can view the presentation here.


Alumni Mixed 8+ (nearest camera) pushing against the students
Line up: Nina Ma (cox), Miranda Cullins (s), Katie Puttmann (7), Kevin Roberts (6), Brian Chorney (5), Tom Attenweiler (4), Chris Shoemaker (3), Lauren Boucher (2), Meg Grady (b)

After the racing SARA held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) to discuss progress from last year, new business, and elect Board members for the 2014-2015 season. Highlights from 2013 includ: total fundraising over $23,000, coaching endowment level over $57,000, and discussion of SARA's new strategic planning process. Throughout the day we even raised an additional $3,000 for the team! You can view the AGM meeting minutes here.

This year's event was the best attended ever and most organized. Next year will be even better so we hope to see you then!

Click here for complete race "results" including line-ups.

2014 Case Crew Alumni Regatta Photo Gallery


Case Crew Dominates Cleveland Colleges for 3rd Straight Year!

March 22, 2014: Case Crew dominated their cross-town rivals from Cleveland State and John Carroll at this year's Cleveland Collegiate Regatta (aka Homeschools). The team competed in five of eight events and won each by over 10 seconds! The number of events won garnered the team the Cleveland Cup for the third straight year.

Case won each of the heats they entered and went onto win each final. They won the Men's and Women's Varsity Fours, Men's Varsity Eight, Men's Novice Four and the Mixed Varsity Eight. Newly minted assistant coach Rachel Stanley subbed for an absent rower in the both the WV4+ and Mixed 8+.

Home Schools 2014

Team photo at the 2014 Cleveland Collegiate Regatta - Champions!

The twelfth running of the race featured some blustery March conditions with temps in the high 30's and 10-12 mph winds. The format of the race includes three abreast 500m heats with the top two boats racing a 1750m final. The winning boat from each final earns their team a point towards the cup. Case finished with five points from all races they entered. Racing in three other events against each other Cleveland State and John Carroll split the results with JCU grabbing two points and CSU one. Overall CWRU has now won the Cup six times with JCU winning five and CSU once.

The race course typically runs from the mouth of the Cuyahoga near the lake upstream towards the boathouse. However, with the severe weather this year there was too much debris and ice near the mouth. Therefore, the coaches reversed the course with the start now at Collision Bend. The 500m races were run downstream from Collision bend past the old boathouse. The top two finishers then turned and proceeded back to the Bend and raced the full distance to the new boathouse.

From Head Coach Aaron Marcovy:

The coaches are exceptionally pleased with this first step of the racing season, as the rowers are beginning to come into their own with regards to race preparation and performance "on-the-day".

Coach Marcovy was impressed with the team attitude toward racing and is excited to see what the team will accomplish throughout the rest of the season. After the April 5 Alumni Regatta the team heads to Lake Dillon in south-central Ohio for a small scrimmage against U Dayton and JCU before the "true" championship season starts with MACRAs.

Race results for the 2014 Cleveland Collegiate Regatta can be found HERE.

2014 Cleveland Collegiate Regatta Photo Gallery


Successful Spring Break in South Carolina for Case Crew

March 7-15, 2014: Case Crew headed south to Camp Bob Cooper in Summerton, SC for their annual spring break. The full squad rowed in various configurations two to three times per day. At the end of the camp all of the crews there scrimmaged each other in 2 by 5 minute pieces. Case won the majority of the races.

Participating in the scrimmage were Bowdoin College, University of Rochester, Carnegie-Mellon, Liberty University, Bryn Mawr and Robert Morris University. Case took part in the Men's Varsity 4+, Men's Novice 4+ and Women's Varsity 4+. Only Bowdoin posed a serious challenge with Case droppping the MV4+ and MN4+. All other races against all other boats were won by Case!

2014 Spring Break Photo Gallery


Rachel Stanley Joins CWRU Crew as Assistant Coach

Rachel

March 2014: We are pleased to announce that Rachel Stanley has signed on to be an assistant coach for Case Crew. She joins a coaching staff headed by Aaron Marcovy with assistant coach Tim Marcovy. Welcome Rachel!

Rachel began rowing with Cleveland's adult rowing program, Western Reserve Rowing Association, in 2007. She has competed at the masters' level since 2009 in a dedicated women's 4+ which has re-qualified a Club 4+ bid to the Charles since 2011. Rachel began coaching in 2010, and sat on WRRA's Board of Directors from 2011-2013 as the Director of Rowing Leagues, running the approximately 400 member Summer Rowing League.

Professionally, Rachel works as a Senior Financial Analyst at KeyBank supporting revenue generating lines of business within the Key's Corporate Bank.


Team Pulls over 400km in 24-hour Erg-a-Thon

February 21-22, 2014: Case Crew completed its annual 24-hour Erg-a-thon on campus pulling just over 400km as a team. The team started rowing on Friday afternoon and a flywheel kept spinning until the following day. The event is an annual fundraiser where parents and friends chip and the students also run a bake sale for passers-by. This year's event took in nearly $2000!

This year's erg-a-thon was a marked improvement over last year with almost three times as many people attending the event. The event featured a challenge where visitors could challenge a team member to a 500m sprint for the chance at a $10 gift card. As you can see in the photo gallery, many passers-by attempted the 500 meter erg challenge for a local ice cream franchise gift card. The fastest time on the men's was under 1:28 from a 6'7" ex-basketball player, and the women's time was 1:48 from a cross-fit gym attendee.

Several participants expressed interest in hearing more about Case Crew from the event which was exciting due to the fact that we were hoping the erg-a-thon could function as a recruitment in addition to fundraising event. Although we didn't make it the 682,382 to Philadelphia, we still made it 406,060 meters meaning that each member erged approximately 20,000 meters.

2014 Erg-a-thon Photo Gallery

Thanks to Abby Sevier for the update

Erg-a-thon 2014


Coach's Corner: 2014 Mid-Winter Update

February 17, 2014: A little A.T. (anaerobic threshold) in the morning never hurt anyone, and especially not the rowers of CWRU. The team is training like they are hungry, and it is evident in their erg times. After a successful sprint month on the erg, we are buckling down again to build a substantial base, and are working towards the next goal: Spring Break.

It is due to the amazing support of our Alumni that we are not only able to go on a spring training trip, but are able to do so in the safest and most efficient way possible. We will be doubling up in our trip down south with Carnegie Mellon University, and am looking forward to building that camaraderie and relationship. In case the message wasn't perfectly clear, on behalf of our team: thank you.

The students have gotten downright poetic of late, and have created a countdown chart to the Dad Vail Sprints. As a part of that chart, they caucused to arrive at this independent little ditty:

"May your strokes carry me /
and mine shall carry you. /
Together we shall cross the line /
our rivals in the distant blue."

The best part about that poem? The word "together" is in bold.

Winter 2014


Case rowers during a mid-winter erg work-out

Thanks to all the alumni again, and we are looking forward to a great spring training and getting out on the water.

Thanks to coaches Aaron & Tim Marcovy for the update


PR's Fall at 2014 Hammer Ergatta

February 8, 2014: Case Crew brought home medals in every event at this year's Hammer Ergatta. The 25th edition of the indoor race was held on CWRU's campus at Adelbert Gym and featured some of the fastest racing ever seen at the event. Club president Abby Sevier pulled the fastest women's time with a 7:32.7, which was also a personal best and gold medal. In fact, fourteen athletes broke their personal records at the race!

On the men's side Patrick DelBarba led the Cleveland teams with a 6:18.7, but was pushed into 3rd by a rower from the University of Cincinnati and the team's strength coach. The men's team showed some real depth with 6 rowers breaking 7 minutes including wins for Novice Liam Hoye and Lightweight Novice Masato Miyagi. Rounding out the men's medals was Chris Ryu with bronze and a 6:53 in the Men's Lightweight event.

Hammer Ergatta
Results Photos

The competition for the Hammer Cup this year went to Cleveland State even though Case had superior times. The scoring system is biased to both speed and team size. While Case had the speed to dominate, only a handful of women were able to compete leaving the door open to CSU. You can see the breakdown of the Cup results here and see that Case had much higher quality results. Case still leads the series with ten wins versus eight for John Carroll and now two for CSU.


Team Photo at the 2014 Hammer Ergatta • CWRU Campus, Cleveland, Ohio

Describing the team's accomplishment's, Head Coach Aaron Marcovy had this to say:

In short: amazing. Three weeks ago, CWRU completed its first 2K "baseline assessment," yielding, in many cases, personal records. Typically athletes must train for extended lengths of time before making that leap to seeing their best performance again. The vast majority of CWRU rowers did it again...and rather than try to laud their accomplishments with words, we are proud to let the results speak for themselves.

Please check out Aaron's complete write up here.

Coxswains were not exempt from the torture. Both Tara Tran and Sarah Nia Coleman took first and second, respectively, in the 1000m event for coxies. Min Seok Choi also took part in the Mens Open Rec 1000m race and took second.

The final race of the day was the traditional Mixed Open 6 x 500m Relay. The team improved their previous year's time by nearly 7 seconds, but were bested this year by a strong team from WRRA. The Case and WRRA teams both broke 10 minutes for the 3000m piece and finished ahead of 4 other teams.

Race results for the 2014 Hammer Ergatta can be found HERE.

2014 Hammer Ergatta Photo Gallery


Sign Up for the Concept 2 January Virtual Team Challenge (VTC)!!!

  Rower Meters
1 Darin Epstein 400,137
2 Daniel Bachmann 271,244
3 Ken Klika 216,000
4 Kelli Anderson 215,322
5 Doug Rathburn 211,279
6 Matt Holdren 211,256
7 Carol Brubaker 207,519
8 Mark Schoenenberger 201,237
9 Doug Brubaker 200,001
10 Evan Halprin 200,000
11 Tuck Pescosolido 187,500
12 Eileen Gordon 124,955
13 Masato Miyagi 118,648
14 Robert Tinsley 116,499
15 Katherine Allen 112,602
16 Lauren Boucher 112,458
17 Erynn Rathburn 112,262
18 John Calhoun 104,109
19 Christian Juengling 104,097
20 Brian Chorney 100,378
21 Jennifer Lohmeier 63,000
22 Jason Kampmeyer 55,000
23 Tim Marcovy 48,563
24 Patrick McGettigan 35,000
25 Nina Ma 21,266
26 Pete Whittaker 14,942
27 Billy Johnson 10,000
28 Gina Bachmann 5,748
29 Meg Grady 4,200
30 Meg Grow 2,520
31 Tom Hudak 1,000
Total Team Meters 3,788,742

 

University of Chicago Crew - 3,681,124 m
U Chicago Alumni Crew - 3,644,663 m
Fat Cats-Princeton Alums - 2,707,887 m
Grand Valley Rowing Alumni - 1,054,137 m

Last Updated: Feb 3 @ 5:20pm Eastern

It's that time of year again to join our virtual team and row as many meters during the month of January. This will be our fifth year competing in the challenge. To participate you need to create a profile in the Concept 2 Logbook. Then go into the "Teams" section and opt into the Virtual Challenge.
Our team name is "Case Crew - Spartan Alumni".

Once you're signed up then row as many meters from January 1 to 31 and log them on the C2 web site. For those rowing at least 50,000m you'll get a Case Crew bumper Sticker. At the 100,000 level you'll get a cool Case Crew t-shirt. And for the third year in a row those at the 200km level will get a custom embroidered Headsweat hat (each year is a different design).

Full details of the challenge and full instructions on how to join can be found on the C2 web site HERE.

Last year the team from the University of Chicago beat us so we need to be in good form this year. We can do it!

If you have any questions please contact Doug Rathburn for more details.

VTC

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


Spring 2014 Wish List Posted

wish list

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!


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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