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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.
||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
||Cleveland, OH - CWRU Campus
||24 Hour Ergathon (fundraiser)
||Cleveland, OH - CWRU Campus
||Camp Bob Cooper - Summerton, SC
||Cleveland Collegiate Regatta
||Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse
||Alumni Regatta & SARA AGM
||Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse
||vs. Dayton U & JCU
||Dillon Lake - Nashport, OH
||Ypsilanti Township, MI - Ford Lake
||Dad Vail Regatta
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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
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
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
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.
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
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)!!!
|Total Team Meters
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
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.
Past Year's JVTC Results:
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!
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!