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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.

Past Year's JVTC Participation & Results:
2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
You can see the 200km hats on the above pages starting in 2012.

Spring 2015 Wish List Posted

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

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

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

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CWRU Crew Fall 2014 Regatta Schedule

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

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

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


Weather Dominates the Story in Chattanooga

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

Hooch 2014
Fourth year student Patrick DelBarba at the 2014 Head of the Hooch.
© row2k.com

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Head of the Grand Photo Gallery

Early Season Speed at the Head of the Cuyahoga

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

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

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

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

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

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SARA VP Dan Bachmann christening the sachem

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

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

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

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

2014 Head of the Cuyahoga Photo Gallery

Tons of Photos and Race Results

SARA Gallery

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

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





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