News Archive from the 2006 - 2007 Season

Case Crew 2006-2007 Season Recap

Below is the academic year 2006-2007 racing schedule for Case Crew with links to the results and photos for each event. For a write up about each event continue to scroll down.

Date: Event: Location: Results: Photos:
September 16 Head of the Cuyahoga Cleveland, OH results photos
October 7 Head of the Ohio Pittsburgh, PA results photos
October 21-22 Head of the Charles Boston, MA results photos
October 28 23rd Annual Jack Speakmon Memorial Regatta Columbus, OH results photos
February 3 Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints Pittsburgh, PA results photos
February 18 Hammer Ergatta Cleveland, OH results photos
March 24 Home Schools Regatta Cleveland, OH results photos
April 1 URA Championships Butler, PA results photos
April 22 Alumni Regatta Cleveland, OH results photos
April 28 West Virginia Governor's Cup Charleston, WV results photos
May 11-12 Dad Vail Regatta Philadelphia, PA results photos


Case Men Advance to Semi-finals at Dad Vails

May 11-12, 2007:  Case sent a Varsity Heavyweight Men's 4+ to this year's Dad Vail Regatta. After placing 2nd in their heat on Friday, they progressed to the semi-final on Saturday. This was the first Case men's crew to advance to the semis since 2002.

Coach Marcovy was able to ride along the course and watch the heat and semi unfold. In the heat, Case was in the lead rowing hard, yet smooth at the 1200m mark, but Fordham and Temple (both fully funded varsity programs) began their charge. One blade touched a navigation buoy at one point, yet the shell quickly regrouped and kept themselves together well enough to finish within five seconds of Fordham and 1.5 seconds ahead of Temple.


This year's line up was:
Rebecca Carter '10 - cox
Chris Shoemaker '08 - stroke
Chris Bowley '07 - 3
Chris Denzel '09 - 2
Brian Chorney '07 - bow

Race results can be found HERE.

For the semi-final, the crew drew the dreaded lane six. The race course in Philly has a bend and in lanes 5 & 6 the crews start staggered behind the others. If a crew is able to overcome this mental obstacle and stay with the pack around the bend, they then have to contend with the current and turbulence as they come along Peter's Island right before the finish. The Case four improved 12 seconds over their time in the heat (an improvement margin not matched by the other teams) but were still not able to advance to the finals. Their semi was won by the eventual winners, Dowling College.


Quote from regarding the Dowling men's 4+:
Dowling crews took two gold medals today, and still have the international feel they have become known for ... in the men's four, the crew was forced to break down from an eight earlier this year when three crew members, two from Poland and one from Slovakia, had to head home to try out for their respective Olympic teams, according to men's coach Frank Pizzardi, Jr.


Of the six collegiate boats entered in this year's Vails from the Cleveland area, Case was the only crew racing on Saturday. And without any Eastern European national team members. GO SPARTANS!!!

2007 Dad Vail Photo Gallery

WV Governor's Cup Cancelled at Mid-day

April 28, 2007:  Water coniditions on the Kanawha River in Charleston, WV proved unrowable after only a few finals were run, and race organizers from the University of Charleston had no choice but to cancel racing. In one of the three finals that was held, the Case women took second place in rough conditions behind Duquesne University in the varsity 4+ by only 9 seconds. The Duquesne women's rowing team is a fully funded varsity sport. Unfortunately the rest of the day was shaping up nicely for Case Crew before racing was halted. The team had boats advancing to 4 additional finals including men's & women's varsity 8's, women's novice 4+, and Men's Varsity 4+.


Racing was halted due to the unrowable conditions and a number of boats sinking. One of the boats that sank was the Case Men's Varsity 4+ in the Sweet J. As the hull was filling up with water, the rowers noticed the 11 year old shell starting to bow so the crew jumped into the water and hung on until the fire boat could pull them out. Rowing at Case = ingenuity and sacrifcing oneself to save one of the few pieces of equipment the team has. Agata Toborek '08 took a few photos to record the event: Photo 1 and Photo 2. Everyone involved was unharmed despite how long it took the rescue boat to come due to the number of shells in distress.

For full results of all the heats and the few finals that were run click HERE (html).
2007 WV Governor's Cup Photo Gallery

Case Crew Alumnus Featured in New Book


April 24, 2007:  Paul Buchheit '98 was the 23rd employee of Internet search giant Google and the lead creator of the company's extremely popular web-based e-mail program, Gmail. While Google is well known for its mission statement, "To organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful" it may be better known for its corporate motto, "Don't be evil," suggested by Buchheit at a 2000 corporate ethic meeting.

The book written by Jessica Livingston, titled Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days, examines the early days of various technology-based start-up companies through interviews with their founders and early employees. You can read more about the book and other people profiled on the Engineering School's web site by clicking here (or here for a pdf version of the article).

Alumni Regatta a Huge Success

April 22, 2007:  Case Crew hosted it's second annual Alumni Regatta on the Cuyahoga with alumni coming from as far away as Colorado, Virginia, and Iowa to participate. The Alumni Men won each heat of the round robin racing format, but were upset in the final by Case's top four by a couple lengths. The weather gods were smiling and the alumni event went off without a hitch. The evening before racing, the students and alums headed to Great Lakes Brewing for a mixer. Thankfully, everyone made it down to the races Sunday morning without incident. Thank you to Case Crew and Brian Chorney '07 for organizing such a great event.
Race results can be found HERE.
Photos and commentary from the day can be found HERE.

2007 Alumni Regatta Photo Gallery

After racing was completed, SARA held it's Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the boathouse. Click on the link below for minutes from the meeting. The Spring Fundraising Drive was a huge success and brought in over $3,000 to help support Case Crew!!! At the AGM we also elected two new officers (Dan Bachmann '97, MED'02 as Vice President and Brian Chorney '07 as Secretary) and added one additional seat on the Board of Directors that will be filled by Tom Hudak '92. Tom was one of the founders of Case Crew and is looking forward to getting re-engaged with supporting the team. Please welcome and thank Dan, Brian and Tom for volunteering to help the team reach new levels of success.
2007 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Meeting Minutes (pdf)

Case Crew Senior Featured in Spartan Spotlight

April 13, 2007:  Brian Chorney '07 is featured in the April 13 edition of The Observer, the student newspaper at CWRU. Brian is a devoted 5-year member of Case Crew from Portland, Maine and has been instrumental in organizing the '06 and '07 alumni regattas. Click here to read the Spartan Spotlight article about him (or here for a pdf version of the article).


Marietta Coach & Case Crew Alumna Stepping Down

April 5, 2007:  Karen Glowacki is stepping down as women's rowing coach at Marietta College at the end of the spring season. If you were a part of Case Crew in the 1990's you'll know Karen well. She was instrumental in helping build Case Crew into a successful team and we all wish her well. To read the university press release click HERE. As you'll see from the article she was involved in just about everything with the team during her time in Cleveland.

Men's and Women's Eights Each Take Bronze at UAA Championships!

April 1, 2007:  Case Crew took on its UAA rivals at the annual University Rowing Association Championship Regatta held at Lake Arthur just north of Pittsburgh. Crews from Wash U, U Rochester, Carnegie-Mellon, NYU, and U Chicago were in attendance.

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The women's team matched their 3rd place result from last year in the Varsity 8+ against their conference rivals despite graduating six seniors. Even in a rebuilding year, the women were able to remain competitive by finishing fourth in each 4+ event and novice 8. The women finished well ahead of conference rivals the University of Chicago in the team points standings and were barely edged out by Carnegie-Mellon and NYU.

The men's team finished fifth in the team standings and struggled with speed and the conditions all day. Their best event, the open eight, was the first of the regatta and resulted in a bronze medal. The Case men's open eight completed the 2000m race in 6:40 which was fast enough to beat the University of Chicago and only about 30 seconds off the perenially fast Washington University in St. Louis.

Wash U took home both point trophies for men & women again this year. The silver Case Alumni Cup for men's team points was generously donated by SARA four years ago in support of the race. Full results can be found HERE (html).

2007 URA Photo Gallery

Case Crew Wins Fifth Annual Home Schools Regatta!

March 24, 2007:  The Home Schools Regatta is held every year in Cleveland between the local rowing colleges: Case, John Carroll, Cleveland State, and Baldwin-Wallace. The race is meant to be a spring tune up, and the format, distance, and points are decided each year between the head coaches of each program. This year's racing awarded one point to each winning crew, and races were two abreast over 1500m.

Case walked away with the overall cup (now sponsored by the Cleveland Rowing Foundation) by winning 5 out of ten races. This is the second year in a row Case has won the Cleveland area cup. The Case women's team Were near perfect again this year by only dropping a race in the varsity 4+. The Case men's squad picked up wins in the varsity 8+ and 4+.

Mention of the event was made in The Observer. Click here to read the article.

Full results can be found HERE (html).
2007 Home School's Photo Gallery

Case Crew Wins 2007 Hammer Cup!

February 18, 2007:  The annual Hammer Ergatta was held on John Carroll's campus this year, and Case Crew won the Hammer Cup for the fourth straight year over rival John Carroll by a narrow 1.3 seconds! The Cup is decided every year by averaging of the top rowers from each squad: Varsity Men & Women and Novice Men & Women. The verdict since the Cup's inception is Case 7 wins to JCU's 6. The archive of past Hammer Cup results can be found HERE (html).

Case walked away with 5 individual gold medals and a team gold in the Mixed Relay. Team Regards were also set in four events: Open Men, Open Women, Lightweight Men, and Lightweight Women. Here's a list of the best Case Crew finishers in each event:

Hammer Ergatta Logo
Open Men:1st of 12 Tyler Young 6:28.7 » Team Record
Open Women:1st of 13 Miranda Cullins 7:08.2 » Team Record
Open Women:3rd of 13 Teresa Shyr 7:56.3  
LtWt Men:1st of 9 Brian Chorney 6:42.3 » Team Record
LtWt Women:2nd of 7 Agata Toborek 8:04.7 » Team Record
Open Nov Men:1st of 8 Eddie Jones 6:45.7  
Open Nov Women:1st of 12 Grace Bell 7:51.9  
Open Cox Women (1000m):2nd of 4 Katie Menosky 4:20.0  
Open Cox Women (1000m):3rd of 4 Nina Ma 4:34.3  
Mixed Relay (6x500m):1st of 5 Case 1 9:29.9  

The other notable finish from the race was Coach Tim Marcovy's time of 7:10.4 (adjusted) in the Veteran Men's race.

The race rotates between John Carroll and Case every year, and full results from this year's race can be found HERE (html).

2007 Hammer Photo Gallery

Rowers Pull Hard in Pittsburgh

February 3, 2007:  Case Crew doesn't normally go every year to Pittsburgh to compete in the Indoor Championships, but the team does go every once in a while. A select group of Case Crew members made the couple hour drive to the other city next to a dirty river to pull a 2k.

Miranda Cullins had the strongest outing of the day taking home gold in the Open Women's event with a time of 7:13.8! She bested 23 other atheletes from Penn State, Duquesne, Three Rivers and Case to take home the gold. While Miranda's effort was the only one that resulted in hardware, other members of the team performed well. Full results from this year's race can be found HERE (html)

Open Women:1st of 24 Miranda Cullins 7:13.8
Open Men:23rd of 24 Max Roha 7:19.2
LtWt Women:11th of 25 Agata Toborek 8:09.0
LtWt Men:6th of 18 Brian Chorney 6:48.6
Open Nov Women:6th of 26 Grace Bell 7:56.9
Open Nov Men:15th of 16 Ben Lawler 7:37.5
Ltwt Nov Women:6th of 11 Patty Wolford 8:27.7
Mixed Relay (6x500m):7th of 14 Case 10:04.8

2007 Pittsburgh Sprints Photo Gallery

Case Finishes Fall Season Strong at the Speakmon

October 28, 2006: Case Crew's fall season finished on a blustery note at the Speakmon Memorial Regatta in Columbus, with rowers powering through gusts as high as 40-miles-per hour along the Scioto River. Because organizers cancelled this year's Head of the Elk, the Columbus event drew many more teams than usual, including regional powerhouses like Purdue and the University of Michigan. The Spartans didn't manage to bring home hardware this time, but still posted some strong finishes. The women's 8+, which took gold at the Head of the Cuyahoga and silver at the Head of the Ohio, finished sixth of 13 at the Speakmon, behind multiple entries from Purdue and Ohio State, but ahead of Mercyhurst's Division 2 varsity program. The women's open 4+ that competed at the Head of the Charles, meanwhile, placed 5th of 11. The varsity men, still reeling from losses due to injuries and student co-op requirements, finished at the back of the pack in the open 4+, but their form and speed far exceeded what they demonstrated a few weeks earlier in Pittsburgh.

Race results can be found HERE (html).

Perhaps most important, the Speakmon witnessed the debut of Case's novice rowers. The team fielded one men's novice 8+ and two women's novice 8+'s, and many of the athletes came off the water beaming. Several have since said the racing helped them understand the work required to compete well in the spring, and have tackled indoor training with gusto. After years of being crowded in a corner of the cardio room upstairs, the team now enjoys a beautifully updated erg room (converted from a squash court) complete with a dozen Concept 2 Model D ergs and mirrors on three walls. The improvements, courtesy of the university, should help immensely in improving technique and overall speed.

Speakmon Logo

2006 Speakmon Photo Gallery

The team plans to compete at the Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints in early February, and at the Cleveland Hammer Ergatta on Feb. 18.

Thanks to Coach Chris Sheridan for providing such great race reports throughout the fall season.

Impressive Showing for Case Women at the Charles

October 21, 2006: Case Crew sent a women's club four to this year's Head of the Charles. As many of you know, the Head of the Charles is the world's largest rowing regatta, drawing teams from all over the world (China, South Africa, Sweden, New Zealand, etc.) in a two-day celebration of sport. Several countries' national teams and world championship athletes attend; Cleveland sent one single sculler, plus two 8+'s from St. Ignatius, one 4+ from John Carroll, one 4+ from Burning River Crew, one 4+ from Shaker Heights, and one 4+ from Cleveland Scholastic Rowing Association. (Case alternates between sending men and women each year).

The team placed 15th of 29 teams this year and only 14% off the winning time of Saugatuck Rowing Club; full results for all events are available at Results for the Women's Club 4+, in particular, are HERE (html).
What follows are details of the event...

Katie Menosky headed up early Friday and attended the Charles' special coxswain class and then took a tour of the river. She took copious notes and had memorized key steering tips by Friday night. The intensity with which she tackled preparation for the race is a testament to the kind of commitment to excellence evident in this program's greatest successes over the years.

Teresa Shyr, Miranda Cullins, Jenna Copeland and Shannon Armstrong drove up during the day Friday, braving driving rains and winds so intense that at least one of the cars had to stop the drive for a bit for safety's sake. They arrived in Cambridge Friday evening and learned the weather had been so bad that organizers had considered shortening the race the next day (a development that typically means many more crashes among boats). The good news was that Teresa had arranged housing for the team in her old undergraduate abode, saving considerably on travel costs.

Saturday morning dawned clear if brisk, and the organizers kept the race at its full length. As the morning wore on, winds picked up, turning the warmup area before the start into a mass of whitecaps. Brad Whitehead, a sculler from Cleveland who raced before us Saturday, was kind enough to offer details regarding where in the race course the worst gusts would hit. If anything, he underestimated just how brutal the wind would be.

The race started at 11:43am. Case's launch order was near the back of the pack, and things got dicey quickly when the shell behind them tried to pass in the start chute, an illegal move. The Case group maintained its composure even as the opposing team caused a near-collision under the very first bridge (the Shaker boat this morning was not so lucky in a similar situation - it was hit in the stern by a boat making an illegal move and driven off the course. The crew was penalized 1:30, but shaker nevertheless lost many seconds because of the stunt).

After that worrisome beginning, Case quickly encountered a wall of wind, and in the words of Miranda, "85 percent of the race felt like just doing leg presses." Case nevertheless passed three boats, and looked strong when they passed Nina Ma (who came along to cheer) and I about 3/4 through the race. In bow, it was Teresa's job to holler at crews to yield (i.e. get out of the way) when they were about to be passed; she seemed to enjoy the assignment an awful lot, until late in the row when she could be heard gasping, "NYU, look out." (They beat NYU by about 36 seconds).

Katie really found her voice in this race. We could hear her on shore and she got quite a kick (and the rowers a bit of a scare) from the way her exhortations echoed under the Charles' low concrete bridge arches.

Race results can be found HERE (html).

2006 Head of the Charles Photo Gallery

Coach Marcovy's Son Featured in November Issue of Men's Journal

Nov06 Mens Journal Cover

Coach Tim Marcovy's son, Aaron, is part of a Men's Journal fashion spread that features some of Philadelphia's rowers. His photo is on page 141 of the November 2006 issue. The little blurb mentions Tim contribution to Cleveland rowing and Aaron's asiprations for the national team. Aaron rowed for St. Ignatius and then followed his dad to row for Columbia. Aaron currently rows for Vesper and has a medal pile and erg score we'd all be jealous of. Congratulations and good luck Aaron!

Women's 8+ Takes Silver on the Allegheny

October 7, 2006: The 20th edition of the Head of the Ohio proved fruitful for the Case women as they took second place, a mere 2 seconds off Villanova, in the Women's Club Eight event. The result even garnered the team a mention in the December Rowing News shown here (page 46). In the eight event, the women also bested crews from Michigan State, Capital, and Penn State. The women's team went on to also take 6th and 15th in the Open Fours. Meanwhile, the men's open 4+, still missing veteran athletes not rowing this term because of co-ops or other academic obligations, finished 12th.

I know there are many of us out there that have competed in Pittsburgh for years and returned home without hardware. The fact that the Case women could put up such a stellar result against that class of compeition should be applauded. Good job ladies!!!

Race results can be found HERE (html).

Dec06 Rowing News Cover

2006 Head of the Ohio Photo Gallery

Case Women Find Motivation at 2006 Head of the Cuyahoga

September 16, 2006: The biggest news from Case Crew's first regatta of 2006-2007 came in the Women's Open 8+, where a shell badly depleted by the graduation of several seniors nevertheless managed to defend last year's gold medal.

Credit goes to the women, of course, but also to The Plain Dealer. The local newspaper was kind enough to preview this year's Head of the Cuyahoga the day before the event. Deep within the article came these paragraphs:

This year's race is special for college senior Erin Murphy because it's her last Head of the Cuyahoga as a member of John Carroll University's crew. Murphy is a coxswain, the only crew member facing the bow. She steers the boat and shouts commands and encouragement to the rowers.
"It's very important for our team dignity to win this race," she said. "It's our river."

When apprised of the JCU comments, men's head coach Tim Marcovy responded that he trusted that the Case women would "take care of business." Indeed they did, prodded by sophomore coxswain Nina Ma's frequent reminders of just whose river the course ought to be. The team won in 15:58, nine seconds ahead of Michigan State's club program and nearly three minutes ahead of John Carroll.

Case's women also took bronze in the open 4+ (six seconds out of second and nine from first), and rowed to fourth place in the Mixed 8+. The men's 4+ struggled in this race, but has made substantial progress in practices since and has high hopes for a stronger row at the team's next regatta, the Head of the Ohio, Oct. 7 in Pittsburgh.

Race results can be found HERE (html).

2006 Head of the Cuyahoga Photo Gallery



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