News Archive from the 2008 - 2009 Season
Case Crew 2008-2009 Season Recap
Below is the academic year 2008-2009 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.
||Head of the Cuyahoga
||Head of the Ohio
||Columbus Fall Classic Regatta
||25th Annual Jack Speakmon Memorial Regatta
||Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints
||Home Schools Regatta
||USRowing Club Nationals
||Melton Hill Lake, Oak Ridge, TN
||West Virginia Governor's Cup
||Dad Vail Regatta
||Independence Day Regatta
Rochester's Women Become Varsity with Help of Alumni
July 1, 2009: The University of Rochester announced that their women's rowing team will become a varsity sport this coming fall.
Rochester has always proven to be a very fast club winning 4 of the 6 women's URA Championships.
The men's team will maintain club status.
An interesting point in the university press release is the credit the school gives to alumni. One of the main inspirations for
creating SARA was the success of Friends of UR Crew. We have modeled much of our operations on theirs. From the press release:
?his longstanding dream of achieving varsity status for women? rowing would not have been possible without the dedicated Rochester alumni, friends, and parents constituting the Friends of UR Crew, said Dr. Edward Fox ?1, ?5 MD, President of the Friends of UR Crew.
Read the full press release here (html) or here (pdf).
Trailer Fundraising Update - We did it!!!
June 12, 2009: We've raised enough donations to buy the trailer from Lesley University! We'll post more details as they come in.
Thank you to everyone that made a pledge!
SARA and Case Crew always have ongoing expenses so you can donate any time. Another way to help is to shop on Amazon using our link.
We are buying a two year old Vespoli 36' Transporter trailer from Lesley University.
Photos of the trailer can be found here.
Details for the Alumni Victorious Campaign and a listing of previous donors.
Miranda Cullins invited to USRowing National Team Pre-Elite Camp
May 23, 2009: Case Crew rower and coach Miranda Cullins was invited to the USRowing Women's National Team Pre-Elite Camp.
This past season she has been coaching the team while completing her graduate studies. Much of her spring training was done in
SARA's new Hudson single, the sustain.
She was selected as part of a group of 13 collegiate women from across the country that will train at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
From the press release:
The camp is focused on developing athletes who have the potential to contribute to future Under 23 and Senior National
Teams. The goals of this camp are to introduce and develop sculling, improve technique focusing on small boats, gain
fitness and increase strength-to-weight ratio, and acquire skills necessary to compete at the elite level. Athletes
will train intensely with two to three practices per day, and they will have opportunities to race throughout the summer.
Click here for the full press release or (pdf).
As part of her summer camp experience Miranda competed in both the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia and USRowing Club Nationals in Oak Ridge, TN. At both events
she competed in both the intermediate double and intermediate quad. Four races and four medals including gold in the 2x in Philly!
Click here for results: Independence Day Regatta and
Club Nationals (includes photos).
Case Women's 4+ Miss Semis by 2.3sec at Vails
May 8, 2009: Case Crew sends its top boats each year to the Dad Vail Regatta
to match up against the fastest small programs in the country. Vails is the culmination of a long season for most teams and is recognized as the
de facto national championship for teams like Case. This year saw Case entering two boats: a women's varsity four into the newly
created DII & DIII event along with a men's pair. The men's pair suffered an illness and scratched so it was up to the line up
of Meg Grady, Jessica Schneider, Margaret Wilkes, Katie Puttmann and Nina Ma (cox) to carry the Case banner into Philly.
The regatta organizers faced significant risk with the weather this year. The typical format for heats on Friday is 6-abreast, 2000m racing
with the top few boats advancing to the semi-finals on Saturday morning. A long week of rain leading up to the race resulted in too much
water flowing down the Schuylkill River Thursday night and practice was cancelled. Fearing more issues with rain, the organizers
shortened the distance to 1500m and used a time trial format -- with the top 18 crews in Case's event advancing.
The Case women put in a strong effort and felt they had a fast row. When the results were posted they saw that they beat three other
teams that were in their originally scheduled heat -- implying they would have advanced to Saturday racing. However, the 21st overall
position in the time trial meant they would not advance to the Saturday semis. UAA rivals from U. Chicago garnered the
final qualifying spot posting a time only 2.3 seconds faster.
Comments from coxswain Nina Ma '09 regarding the race:
The 4+ really came together and bonded in the last several weeks of practice. Right before we left for Vails, it was noted that we
had come to trust each other and believe that each of us were really pushing and giving it our all. The race was incredible and over
as soon as it started. (1500 m is really short when you want the experience to last forever. ) We rowed a great race. It was probably
this boat's best row and we had a kind of power that we never had before. I could feel the shift in power when I called a ten. The
rate went up two beats and it felt like someone had just put an engine in the stern of the boat. It flew and it felt amazing. We were
disappointed that we didn't get a chance to race again, but we tried our best and none of us would've changed anything about the row.
Even though two of us are graduating this spring, we're hoping this lineup will row together again at Head of the Cuyahoga and the
Alumni Regatta next spring.
Race results can be found HERE.
2009 Dad Vail Regatta Photo Gallery
Three Times a Charm in Charleston for Case Crew
April 25, 2009: Three crews took home three medals from this year's West Virginia Governor's Cup in Charleston, WV. The team's performance on this hot and sunny day
garnered them a seventh place overall finish out of 15 colleges. The medals came in the Women's Varsity 8+ Dash (bronze), Men's Frosh/Novice 4+ (silver) and the
women's collegiate pair (bronze). While the sun was out and the usual festival atmosphere was present on shore, the wind proved a tough competitor that threw up white
caps for most of the day.
On the alumni front, Chris Shoemaker and Doug Rathburn jumped in a pair and finished at the back of the pack. The pair were in second place to the 1000m mark, but their
lack of fitness and time together (this was their first time ever in a pair together) left them struggling to hang on to the pack for the second 1000m. Later that morning, Doug jumped in his
single and finished in second place in the 1000m Open 1x event.
In the women's varsity fours and eights Case had to qualify in order to compete in the grand final. In the eights heat they battled with cross town rival, Cleveland State, all the way
down the course but ended up just behind to capture the third and final qualifying position. Finishing less than 2 seconds off Cleveland State was all of the motivation the women needed and put in strong performance
in the finals to finish fourth overall and 10 seconds ahead of Cleveland State. The improvement in the eights was such that they were only 2.5 seconds off UAA rivals Carnegie-Mellon for third. Just a couple weeks prior
Carnegie-Mellon beat Case at the URA Championships by 26 seconds. The crew then turned and headed up river for the traditional 500m
dash. The team gained one spot to finish in third -- this time beating Carnegie-Mellon by 5 seconds.
In the Varsity 4+ heat Case finished ahead of Old Dominion and
Wittenberg for a place in the final. The crew of
Nina Ma (cox), Katie Puttmann (stroke), Margaret Wilkes (3), Jessica Schneider (2), Meg Grady (bow) struggled with the rough water
and came back to the dock soaked to the bone after finishing fourth of six. The first three places went to Carnegie-Mellon, Miami
and Cleveland State, but the women were able to beat the local team (and varsity program) from the University of Charleston.
The Case women took advantage of the SARA small boat fleet and entered
the pair and double events. Katie Puttmann (stroke) and Margaret Wilkes (bow) hot seated from the fours into the pair and finished third against three
entries from Carnegie-Mellon. In the 1000m open double event, Sarah Rubin (stroke) and Laura Boucher (bow) took on one team from Carnegie-Mellon and were hanging
on the entire race and finished just 4 seconds off the pace.
The men's frosh/novice event was split into two flights and the entry from Case Crew finished a strong second to Carnegie-Mellon while beating crews
from Old Dominion and Duquesne. The line up of Matt Moss (stroke), Nick Beese (3), Dan Seery (2), Adam De Guire (bow) and Matt Goldenberg (cox)
are a young dedicated group of guys that will form the nucleus of the men's team for the seasons to come.
Full results from this year's race can be found
2009 West Virginia Governor's Cup Photo Gallery
Alumni Regatta Results; New Shells Added to Spartan Navy
April 18, 2009: Cleveland reserved the best weather of the spring for the 4th annual spring alumni regatta, and a number of
alums showed up to enjoy the fine weather and racing. The students through together a great BBQ after racing. With full stomachs
everyone joined to christen some new shells into the Spartan Navy.
Before heading home the alumni present held the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for SARA to discuss results from 2008 and plans for the
coming year. Then later that evening everyone adjourned to Great Lakes Brewery
for some fine brew.
The alumni men weren't present for the coach's and coxswain's meeting, but they thought they heard that the starter's commands were
only suggests. The single elimination, bracket-style racing saw the alumni men's 4+ knocked out in the first round even with a healthy
couple seat lead off the start. They were then left to contend for third place. The men's pair of Chris Shoemaker and Tom Attenweiler
won their two races against the fours to take home the trophy. Tom will be teaming up with freshman Adam De Guire from the 2nd place crew at this
year's Dad Vail Regatta and will hopefully contend with the big boys.
Racing on the women's side of the bracket saw three fours contend for the trophy. Alumna Agata Toborek, currently in med school
in Louisville, powered her 4+ to a win in the women's event. The winning men's and women's boats each received a trophy. Per tradition
the trophy is meant to be passed between crew members througout the year. Passing the trophy serves as a reminder to everyone keeping
in touch with boatmates is an important aspect of the sport -- and fosters involvement with SARA.
After racing concluded, Tom Attenweiler fired up the grill and everyone feasted on some tasty hamburgers. Everyone then helped dedicate
five new shells to the Spartan Navy: two eights owned by Case Crew
and a pair/double and two singles donated to SARA. The students decided to name their two eights after their two recently departed head
coaches -- Chris Sheridan and Tim Marcovy. Photos from the dedications can be found in the photo gallery.
The alumni regatta also serves as an opportunity for alumni to learn about SARA during the organization's Annual General Meeting (AGM).
At the AGM alumni hear about the last year's results and plans for the coming year. They also elect the board of directors. SARA assets
currently stand at about $50,000, which is primarily made up of the four shells we own. Donations for 2008 exceeded $27,000!
The next capital campaign priority is a trailer. If you'd like to know more
check out the AGM Meeting Minutes.
Full results from this year's alumni regatta can be found
2009 Alumni Regatta Photo Gallery
Streak Ends for Case Crew at Home Schools Regatta
April 4, 2009: The three year winning streak for Case at the Home Schools Regatta ended this year against tough competition from
Cleveland State and John Carroll.
The pre-season regatta is hosted by Cleveland Rowing Foundation and consists of side-by-side racing
along a 1500m bendy part of the Cuyahoga River. The racing schedule is determined every year by
the number of boats each team can muster, and the winners of each dual race are awarded a point. Case ultimately took third place this year.
On a day more like winter than spring, racing proved difficult -- temperatures were in the 40's with a fine Cleveland breeze.
Case did not win any of the races for points, but won both exhibition events. This year's dominating win for Cleveland State
was their first-ever in seven years of the event. As a primarily commuter school their performance hopefully bodes well for
the future of that program.
Full results from this year's race can be found
2009 Home Schools Photo Gallery
Rough Weather, Tough Competition at URAs
March 29, 2009: Case Crew took a number of crews to Butler, PA to race their conference rivals at the 6th annual URAs.
The men's pair, rowing the another new SARA shell, placed 5th out of 8 behind perennial Dad Vail finalists from Rochester, WashU and Carnegie-Mellon.
The Men's JV four beat the CMU entry to place 5th while the fresh crop of novices in four finished off the pace. The women's team raced in the varsity 8+,
Varsity 4+ and Varsity Pair events but finished last in each event. True to form, the early spring event brought with it
cold and gusting weather that threatened to cancel the race on a few occasions.
The regatta was formulated as a dual race between Case and the University of Chicago, but it quickly blossomed into the
de facto University Athletic Association crew championships. The regatta is organized and run by alumni and coaches.
While each team from the UAA has attended the race in the past, the 2009 installment was the first time
all eight teams showed up. The depth and size of the regatta continues to increase.
This year's overall winners were Rochester for the women and Emory for the men. The Case men finished 7th overall in the conference, and the women finished 8th.
Full results from this year's race can be found HERE (html).
2009 URA Regatta Photo Album
Case Crew Hosting 24-Hour Erg-A-Thon on Campus
Case Crew will be hosting a 24-hour Erg-A-Thon
on campus this weekend. The event is the team's primary spring fundraiser and helps cover a number
of team operating expenses. The goal is to row 682,362 meters -- the distance between Cleveland and
the Dad Vails course in Philadelphia -- over a 24-hour period. Rowing will commence at 7pm on Saturday Feb 28th
and conclude at 7pm on Sunday March 1st in the Wade Multipurpose Room.
As many of you know, each team member is responsible for raising a certain amount of money each year as a requirement
to maintain sports club status with the university. SARA has been trying to offset as many expenses as we can,
but the students still raise significant funds themselves. If you would like to sponsor a rower or the event please
contact Nicholas Beese.
Results: Over the 24-hour period the team was able to row 484,989 meters. Click here for a
list of individual results.
2009 Erg-A-Thon Appeal Letter
2009 Erg-A-Thon Announcement Flier
Case Crew Throws the Hammer Down in Cleveland
February 22, 2009: The annual Hammer Ergatta was held on John Carroll's campus this year.
Case Crew standout Miranda Cullins also set the team's new best-ever time pulling
a 7:00.0. Novice strong man, Nicholas Beese, pulled a time that would have won him the open men's event.
Case Crew also won all but two of the events they entered.
Unfortunately, these stellar personal results did not translate into team success.
Cleveland State won their first-ever Hammer Cup this year with Case Crew taking second.
This year's loss puts the overall record even at seven wins apiece between Case and
JCU with one win for Cleveland State.
The archive of past Hammer Cup results can be found HERE (html).
Case walked away with 3 individual gold medals and one team gold. Here's a list of the best Case Crew finishers in each event:
|Open Women:||1st of 12|| ||Miranda Cullins|| ||7:00.0|| ||» Team Record|
|Open Men:||4th of 6|| ||Tom Attenweiler|| ||7:01.7|| || |
|Open Nov Women:||1st of 6|| ||Nicholas Beese|| ||6:46.1|| || |
|Open Nov Women:||2nd of 8|| ||Monica Ionescu|| ||8:21.8|| || |
|Ltwt Nov Men:||1st of 4|| ||Adam Deguire|| ||7:20.0|| || |
|Mixed Open Relay (6x500m):||1st of 5|| ||CWRU - A|| ||10:06.3|| || |
The race venue rotates between John Carroll and Case every year, and full results from this year's race can be found
HERE (html). An article about the race from Cleveland
State's student newspaper, The Cauldron, can be found HERE (pdf).
2009 Hammer Photo Gallery
Women and Alumni Tops in Pittsburgh
January 31, 2009: Miranda Cullins dominated the Open Women's event at this year's
Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints taking
the gold medal by 25 seconds over her nearest rival from Carnegie-Mellon. Miranda's win was her third in a row in this
event and continues the winning streak by Case oarswomen since 2006. Katie Puttmann pulled a 7:45.5 to take the
bronze medal in the Open Women's event.
On the men's side, Nicholas Beese pulled a 6:49.1 to take bronze in the Open Novice Men's event. His performance
is a strong indicator of the potential for the men's team this spring. The men and women then combined forces
in the Mixed 6-person Relay to take third place behind teams from Carnegie-Mellon
Not to be outdone by the Case Crew rowers, a couple alumni also decided to test themselves against the machine.
Alumnus and Case Crew founder, Tom Hudak '92, pulled a 6:52.7 to take home gold for the second year in a row in the
Master Men's event. Patty Wolford, rowing under the SARA banner, beat out two other rowers in the Lightweight
Master Women's event to take home gold. Congratulations to everyone!
Race results can be found HERE (html).
2009 Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints Photo Gallery
Women's Team Success in Columbus; End of an Era for Marcovy
Team Photo at the 2008 Speakmon Regatta marking Tim Marcovy's last event as head coach.
More photos from the event can be found HERE
October 25, 2008: The traditional end-of-season regatta for the team also signified the end of an era.
Coach Tim Marcovy, head coach from 1992 to 1996 and since 2002, marked the end of his coaching career at this
year's Speakmon Regatta. Tim launched his crews for the last time to great success garnering three medals at this year's event.
A huge portion of the Case Crew alumni base have been coached by Tim, and he'll be sorely missed. Tim has been planning
his exit for awhile and has been working diligently to build up a stable of capable coaches to fill his size 14's.
Powered by grad student, Miranda Cullins, the women's team finished 1st in the Collegiate Eight and second
in the Collegiate Four. The "A" four in the Collegiate event was only beaten by a crew from Robert Morris University
who are varsity rowers. Miranda then jumped into a single to win against five other scullers in the Open Single
event. The "B" entry in the Collegiate Four finished eighth ahead of Wittenberg University.
With temperatures in the 50's and a slight head wind for the last 2/3 of the course, Columbus provided the "perfect"
fall rowing weather. The men's team was not able to challenge for medals but had strong showings in the open events.
The men's Open Four finished ahead of entries from Denison, Xavier and Wittenberg to finish 14th. The men's Open Eight
(with two novices) finished in 9th ahead of Wittenberg and a high school entry.
Novice racing is always a dubious endeavor in the US, with wide ranges of abilities and experience levels entering the "novice"
category. Case Crew always enters their "true" novices that just learned to row less than two months earlier into the Speakmon
every year. The system is set up to give novices a taste of how exciting racing can be and to encourage people to stick around for winter
training for ultimate inclusion on the varsity team in the spring. Given Case's training philosophy, novice crews rarely contend
for medals in Columbus versus other teams that race their novices for a full year. This year's crop of novices struggled to find speed
and finished near the end of the pack in all races. However, the novice team is large and dedicated, which has always boded well
for the spring championships.
Race results can be found HERE.
2008 Speakmon Regatta Photo Gallery
Coach Marcovy Bends an Oar in Boston
Coach Marcovy in 6-seat of the WRRA Senior-Master Eight [50+] HOCR entry
Photo courtesy of Row2k
October 18, 2008: Rowing for WRRA in the Men's Senior-Master Eight [50+],
Coach Tim Marcovy took 32nd out of 41 crews at this year's Head of the Charles in Boston.
This world class event draws crews from around the world and is one of the most competitive fixtures on the fall regatta
calendar. WRRA garnered an entry into the Senior-Master 8+ event and the club's members embarked on a months-long
selection process for the priviledge to wear the purple, white and green. Sitting in 6-seat, the Case Crew Head Coach helped power the crew
down the course to finish 18% off the winning entry from Team Attager, which usually holds many ex-national teamers
and Boston rowing stalwarts.
If there were any other alumni racing in Boston please let us know.
Case Crew were unable to get any entries accepted into the regatta this year and are finishing out their season
at the Speakmon Regatta in Columbus, Ohio.
Race results can be found HERE.
New Regatta, More Medals in Columbus
October 11, 2008: The men an women of Case Crew headed to Columbus for the Fall Classic Regatta hosted by
Westerville Rowing Club. The team did not get an entry into this
year's Head of the Charles so they headed to this new regatta held on the Hoover Reservoir
(as opposed to the Griggs Reservoir where Speakmon is held).
The women's team were dominant in the Collegiate Eights and Open Fours garnering gold medals in both. The women's 8 crushed the second
place crew from Miami University by nearly a minute. The women's "B" four just
missed out on a medal to a new team from the University of Toledo. The men took silver in the Open Four sandwiched between
in-state rivals from the University of Toledo and Miami University with all three boats within 8 seconds of each other. This performance
by the varsity crews bodes well for the Speakmon season finale.
The Speakmon Regatta is traditionally the first opportunity for novices on the team to get their first taste of racing. Due to the
format and closeness of the regatta, the team brought a few novices down to see how they got on in eights and fours. Given that they just started rowing
a couple weeks ago just finishing is a result. Let's hear it for the novices and hopefully many return for the Speakmon in a couple
Race results can be found HERE.
2008 Columbus Fall Classic Photo Gallery
Women Show Speed Before Pittsburgh Head Cancelled
September 27, 2008: The team headed to Pittsburgh for the annual Head of the Ohio regatta to compete on the
2.6 mile Allegheny River course. The women's team continued to show early season speed with Miranda Cullins finishing second in the Open Single
and the women's four of Boucher, Puttmann, Cullins, Novak and Ma (cox) finishing a strong fifth in the Open Four. The women's four took on 20 other
crews and they bested a large share of competitive collegiate crews. The men also entered the Open Four and Club Eight events but were unable to show enough speed to get
to the medal stand. Racing was cancelled due to harsh weather before the women could test themselves in the Open 8+ event.
Race results can be found HERE.
2008 Head of the Ohio Photo Gallery
Alumni More Generous Than Fast in Cleveland
September 20, 2008: SARA had the largest turn out for the largest ever Head of the Cuyahoga. SARA
had entries in the Mixed 8+, Women's Open 4+ and the Men's Open 8+. With over 260 crews entered in the regatta
and Case Crew entries in all of the SARA events, the alumni had their work cut out for them. In a good sign for
the undergrads they were able to best the alumni in each event while the alumni were able to have solid rows.
Even though the alumni didn't take home any hardware, they still broke out their check books to help the team.
For the first time ever SARA entered an alumni women's boat into the race. The boat consisting of Erin Brandt, Marta Mazzawi,
Shannon Armstrong and Tanuja Pillai took 8th out of ten in the Women's Open 4+ beating Case Crew's "B" entry. The alumni women
also beat the entry from the University of Toledo while the Case "A" boat took fourth.
In the big boats SARA fielded a mixed and open men's eight. The mixed 8 was tagged with a 20 second penalty that pushed them
from 7th to 9th place. Without the penalty the alumni crew would have finished only 1 second behind the entry from Case.
SARA Alumni Men's 8+
Left to Right: Brian Chorney, Fraser Hewson, David Schurig, Dan Bachmann, Doug Rathburn, Chris Denzel, Nate Uber, Rachel Liu and Chris Pfahl
2008 Head of the Cuyahoga Photo Gallery
In the men's open 8 the alumni line up were chased down the course by the Case entry. With Coach Tim Marcovy sitting in 5 seat (only 7 varsity
men available for the regatta), the Case line up pushed the alumni all the way from West 3rd Street to the boathouse. The undergrads put
on a fine display for the crowds and
passed the alumni right in front of the docks and continued on to finish 4th. Both the alumni
and undergrad crew finished ahead of Cleveland State.
SARA Alumni Women's 4+
Left to Right: Marta Mazzawi, Shannon Armstrong, Erin Brandt and Tanuja Pillai
For the second year in a row, SARA has dedicated a brand new shell at the Head of the Cuyahoga. This year SARA
dedicated the "Dorothy A. Hudak"
in memory of SARA board member Tom Hudak's mother. With a lead gift from Tom and his father, Tom, SARA presented the team with a new Pocock
coxed four. Three of the seats were named after donors and each of the oars and cox box were named too.
Lead donors for the shell are:
Thomas F. & Thomas D. Hudak - Shell name
Stacie Ringleb & Mark Schoenenberger - Coxswain seat
Dan & Gina Bachmann - Stroke seat
Hugh & Pat Rathburn - Two seat
Heather Babish , Amy Kozlowski, Rachel & Vivian Liu and Pete Whittaker - Oars
Carol Carter - Cox Box
In other racing, Case Crew took home the bronze in the Women's Open 8 and Sarah Rubin & Miranda Cullins took the gold
in the Master Women's Double.
Race results can be found HERE (html).
Spartan Navy +1
September 3, 2008: We did it! Thank you to everyone that made the new shell possible.
The latest addition to the Spartan Navy is a beautiful, brand new
Pocock Hypercarbon box-coxed 4+.
Our 2008 goal was to replace the Sweet J, and all donors were honored at the naming ceremony held
during Head of the Cuyahoga on September 20, 2008. The lead donation was made by Case Crew founder, Tom Hudak,
and his father in honor of their mother and wife. Click Here
to view photos from the dedication ceremony! Thanks to everyone for the support.
The shell was purchased as part of the SARA Alumni Victorious Campaign
Tom Hudak Tells a Tale of Yore
Alumnus Tom Hudak '92 has written an account of the founding of the team. Tom founded Case Crew, still rows in Pittsburgh and is a Board member of SARA.
To read his account of starting Case Crew Click Here.
Also if you'd like to help Tom and other alums keep the team afloat please consider a donation.
Alumni play a crucial role in almost all college rowing programs. Please take a moment and click on the
Orange Coast College Alumni Day Video.
Obviously, it's a different college but the video production is amazing, and the "underdog" message translates
well to Case Crew. (Click on the link and select "Alumni Day Video")