Rivergate Park Officially Opened -- Ribbon Cutting
May 17, 2011: The Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the facility,
expose the park to local dignitaries and press, and also recognize those that made the project a reality.
Local dignitaries included Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman. Both elected officials have been strong advocates of the project
and were on hand to congratulate CRF. Keynote speeches were given by various folks from CRF, but also from Councilman Cimperman and representatives
from The Trust For Public Land (TPL). Rivergate Park is a partnership between CRF and TPL to provide public Cuyahoga River access --
something that was distinctly lacking in Cleveland until now.
During the ribbon cutting itself, coaches from each program plus the assembled dignitaries participated in the photo op. Representing Case Crew was Patty Wolford
and Tim Marcovy representing SARA.
Women's Varsity Pair in First-Ever Vail Final for Case Crew
May 13-14, 2011:Case Crew sent it's conference champion women's varsity pair to the
Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta to test their speed against the best in the country. The duo of
Senior Katie Puttmann and Sophomore Caitlin Bowerman had each raced Vails before and were looking to make a statement in this year's
race. All season they focused on speed in the pair and their hard work paid off with Case Crew's first-ever finals berth.
Racing all weekend was streamed live and many alumni tuned in to watch their progress. On Friday morning they were in a heat that proved to
be, by far, the fastest of the day. The heat consisted of three varsity programs from
Fairfield (the regatta favorites and ultimate winners),
Oklahoma City, and
Duquesne. Fairfield led from the beginning
and won the heat. However, four crews battled it out for the next two qualifying spots and finished within 6 seconds of each other.
Case won the battle for the third and last qualifying spot over Oklahoma City by a scant 0.03 seconds!!! A BOW BALL!!! But once
all of the heats were completed and stacked up, Katie and Caitlin had the 6th fastest time overall from 28 teams.
Since the results were so close, it took the officials over 30 minutes to post the results. The rowers and coaches sat in limbo not knowing if the weekend
was over or not. Alums hitting refresh on their computers saw the results and called to tell the team not to pack up just yet! It was off for a quick tour
of boathouse row, dinner and relaxation.
For the Saturday morning semi-final, the women drew three more varsity programs from Loyola Marymount,
Stetson, and Drexel.
However, based on heat times they stacked up with these crews quite favorably. Assuming everyone executed the semi the same as the heat Case would finish in second
place and garner a spot in the final. But on race day you never know what can happen, but the Case women showed poise and strength pulling off their 2nd place finish in another
close call versus Stetson. The Stetson crew pushed Case all the way down the course, but with the Florida team in Lane 2 and the Spartan in Lane 5 it was difficult
to tell who had the advantage. After another excruciating wait for the results, Case had pulled it out by 0.2 seconds -- making their total margin of victory
over two races less then one quarter of a second!
After the semi-final it was now re-hydrate, rest and prepare for the Saturday afternoon final. They qualified with the 6th fastest time in all of the semis and based on the
progression system drew lane 6. Not ideal.
The moderate weekend weather did not hold out for Katie & Caitlin's final -- rain greeted them at the start. The final played out as the heats and finals
indicated with Case finishing 6th in a gutsy race. They battled a strong crew from Georgia Tech next to them in Lane 5,
but just could not quite hang on finishing 2 seconds behind. Overall the crew finished 6th out of 28 teams and it by-far the best result ever for Case Crew.
This year's event was well attended by a number of current team members, alumni and both current coaches. Plus the number of alums watching the video
stream and posting on Facebook was the most ever. Sophomore Anna Czekaj drove to Philly with Katie and Caitlin to watch in person and provided the following
perspective from the race:
As the team's coxswain, I can honestly say that I have reached maximum adrenaline rush from the many close races we've had these past two years
(the ones where you win by a bow ball or lose by a stroke). I never would have guessed that I could get the same feeling for a race that I was
watching and not even in. This weekend's performance by Caitlin and Katie had me on my toes the entire time. From preparing for the race the day
before to discussing the game plan before launching, there was NEVER a dull moment where my heart wasn’t racing (and I wasn’t even competing!)
I guess you can say that Dad Vails is known for having this effect on people. Going on this trip with the pair gave me that missing feeling of recognition.
Granted, we are Case and we’ve grown to accept that people don’t always know about our school, but this past weekend our position for acknowledgement
was quite different. It was during the second race that I stood up and prepared myself to scream as loud as I could no matter how much it hurt.
I let out the first cheer calling for Katie and Caitlin to pull ahead after the 500 meter mark. I followed it by screaming a loud and proud “Let’s go Case!”
The best feeling was that the second I focused on the crowd’s cheering instead of my own, I heard people cheering for our boat. When I looked to see who the
mysterious voices belongs to, I was shocked to see it was from people I’ve never even met. Man, did it felt great!!
To be the first boat from Case to make it to the finals is quite the accomplishment. I have watched Katie and Caitlin from the start and they have not
only grown as pair partners but as friends as well. I can still remember when I dragged Caitlin to the Crew booth at the Student Activities Fair and
made her join the team with me. It’s crazy to think that she’s done so much in such a short span of time. As crew president, she really stepped up the
game and organized the team to a new dimension (Doug Brubaker, you have quite the shoes to fill next year). If it was going to be anyone that made it to the finals,
I’m BEYOND glad it was Katie and Caitlin. Their devotion, commitment, and passion toward crew and the team stand out with everything they do.
I’m so glad I was there to be part of the reward for their hard work.
May 12-13, 2011: Case Crew alumna Miranda Cullins and St. Ignatius alumnus Aaron Marcovy (former team coach & SARA Board member Tim Marcovy's son)
both raced in the National Selection Regatta II (NSR II) on Mercer Lake in New Jersey. Both Aaron and Miranda competed in the double sculls with partners
from USRowing. After a time trial on Thursday morning to seed lanes, Miranda and her partner Laura Nicholson finished third in their heat to qualify for the
semi-finals. Aaron and his double partner finished fourth in their Thursday heat to claim the last semi qualifying spot.
In the semi-finals on Friday Miranda and Laura finished one place out of qualifying position for the A-level final. Aaron and his partner also missed
the A final finishing 5th in their heat with only 3 to advance. Each crew lined up Saturday morning for the B-level final with each race streamed online.
Aaron and his partner were first up in the men's double. There was nothing in the race for the entire 2000m distance and they ended up in second (8th overall)
by only 0.21 seconds. Miranda was the next race down the course. After a strong start Miranda and Laura just couldn't quite hang onto the leader and
finished 5th (11th overall) and 1.5 seconds off the winners.
The National Selection Regattas help the coaches gage athlete progress at the beginning of the annual cycle, and the winners get funded to attend the
summer World Cup events in Europe. NSR II is generally used to select the doubles and pairs. Bigger, Olympic-class boats are chosen by the national team coaches.
Race results for the 2011 event can be found HERE.
Case Crew Brings Home 7 Medals from Charleston
April 23, 2011:Case Crew travelled down to Charleston, West Virginia once again to wrap up the season at the Governor’s Cup Regatta.
The team has been attending this race since its founding and is the traditional season-ending event. Only select crews then go onto
Dad Vails in Philadelphia in a couple weeks to race for the national championship.
Persistent rains this spring throughout West Virginia raised the Kanawha River to almost unsafe conditions, but luckily the regatta was not cancelled.
The day started with Coach Bob Gannon racing in his single ultimately finishing 5/6 against some strong collegiate rowers.
Thunderstorms approached the men’s pairs of Adam Wilson (stroke) & Nicholas Miller (bow) and Doug Brubaker (stroke) & Bob Gannon (bow)
as they headed out on the water. Determined to race, the official shortened the race to a 1000m and the experienced pair of Wilson and Miller
finished first and Brubaker and Gannon finished 4th of 4.
The men’s composite novice 8+ of Cleveland State and Case was ready to launch, but the thunderstorms took
command and the regatta was delayed for an hour to allow the weather to pass. Once racing resumed the novice men’s 8+ finished 4th of 4.
The varsity women’s 4+ comprised of Katie Puttmann (stroke), Mallory Miller (3), Ruth Dickey (2), Grace Eder (bow) with Anna Czekaj (cox) were up
next and finished in a strong 2nd out of 5 beating out the varsity-status crew from Eastern Michigan
but ultimately falling behind Penn State.
The Men’s Varsity 4+ of Brubaker (4), Wilson (3), Moss (2), Miller (1) and Czekaj (cox) rowed a strong race but under tough competition finished 6th/6.
The women’s pair of Caitlin Bowerman (stroke) and Katie Puttmann (bow) was excited to race future Vails competitors Penn State; however 20 minutes
before launching Penn State pulled out of the race. To provide competition Mallory Miller (S) and Coach Patty Wolford (B) jumped in the positive alpha pair
and provided some fun competition. Ultimately the experienced pair of Bowerman and Puttmann won the race. The Novice men’s and Women’s 4+s rowed hard
races but both finished 6th/6.
To create some strong competition, the Men’s Varsity fours from Case and CSU combined forces to form a Men’s Varsity 8+ combination.
Racing the Marcovy Resolute 8+, the men finished strong in 2nd of 6 in the 2000m race beating out fellow rivals John Carroll
and other strong teams such as West Virginia and Ohio University.
Turning right back up river the men entered the 500m dash. The race started slow with the men in 5th place. However, around the 350m mark the composite
boat picked up the power and started walking on the leading 4 boats to finish 3rd in the dash.
Anna Czekaj '13 getting tossed after the Mixed 8+ race!
Returning to the dock, the CSU men jumped out of the Marcovy and the Case Varsity Women hot seated in for the mixed 8+ race.
The mixed boat of Katie Puttmann (8) Caitlin Bowerman (7), Ruth Dickey (6), Mallory Miller (5), Adam Wilson (4), Doug Brubaker (3),
Matt Moss (2), and Nicholas Miller (1) with Anna Czekaj (cox) finished 1st to round out a good day of racing.
To celebrate the win, the Mixed 8+ took their coxswain down to river for a little swim before posing for the annual picture in front of the WV Capitol.
However, the fun day was not over yet... The Case vans and trailer started heading back to Cleveland only to be stopped on the freeway behind a fallen power line.
After half hour of no progress, the vans decided to cross the highway median and Coach Patty Wolford joined the team van to make back home to go on her honeymoon!
Bob Gannon and Nicholas Miller remained behind with the trailer for another 2 hours until the patrol officer allowed them to execute a 17 point turn with
the truck and trailer on a 2 lane freeway to get back to the on ramp and continue on to Cleveland.
Thanks to club president Caitlin Bowerman '13 for providing the race report.
Full results from this year's race can be found HERE (html).
Alumna Miranda Cullins Competes in National Selection Regatta I
April 21-22, 2011:Case Crew alumna and former coach Miranda Cullins competed this weekend at the
USRowing National Selection Regatta (NSR I) in Lake Mercer, New Jersey. The annual selection process
for the national team starts with NSR I and runs throughout the year with the fastest and best athletes garnering a seat at the World Championships
to be held in Bled, Slovenia. The Bled Worlds will be held from August 28 to September 4.
The NSR progression saw each sculler race on Thursday in a time trial (TT) format. The fastest 18 would then go into a heat & semi format, and Miranda placed 17th.
Those finishing outside of the top 18 were placed into D, E, etc. finals. Miranda's 17th position in the TT was just over 5% off the winning time -- improving on her 7%
margin from the 2010 NSR I finish.
Having qualified for the heats she now had to finish in the top four of a 6-boat side-by-side race on Lake Mercer to proceed to the semi-finals.
The heats took place on Thursday evening -- the same day as the TT. Miranda's sixth place finish in this heat qualified her for the "C" final on Friday where
she then finished in 5th place for 17th place overall.
The National Selection Regattas help the coaches gage athlete progress at the beginning of the annual cycle, and the winners get funded to attend the
summer World Cup events in Europe. NSR I is generally used to select the single scullers and the May NSR II selects the pairs & doubles. Bigger, Olympic
class boats are chosen by the national team coaches.
Race results for the 2011 event can be found HERE.
Strong Showing for Alumni at 2011 Alumni Regatta in Cleveland
April 9, 2011: Over 20 Case Crew alumni converged on Cleveland to race and hang out at Great Lakes Brewery during our 6th
annual alumni regatta. A number of Case Crew parents also were in attendance to watch their children row. Alumni and parents
came from as far away as Minnesota, Chicago, North Carolina, Baltimore, Boston and Philadelphia. The events keep getting better
year after year.
The day started out a quick boathouse tour and then all of the alums introduced themselves to the parents and rowers.
Then a little overview of the race format and onto the water! Seven races were held between alumni and current team members with winning
in four events. And of course, none of the events were stacked in the alumni's favor.
Alumni posing with the newly christened sagamore. From left to right: Chris Bowley, Nina Ma, Kate Menosky, Meg Grady, Lauren Boucher,
Patty Wolford, Cheryl Thompson, Rebecca Carter, Nate Uber, Chris Shoemaker, Doug Rathburn, Fraser Hewson, Tim Marcovy, Brian Chorney, Tom Hudak
The first race of the day was the men's pair -- a three abreast affair on a tight stretch of river under the red swing bridge. It ended up being
the longest event of the day at 1000m, and fitness played into the student's advantage. Nicholas Miller and Adam Wilson have been training and racing
the pair all spring, but an outside lane and some tough steering proved too much to counter the efforts of Doug Brubaker and assistant coach Bob Gannon.
The raced was Bob's first ever in the pair and he and Doug had just taken the boat out the first time that morning. Not to be outdone, Tim Marcovy
and Doug Rathburn had their practice row on the way to the start. After a bit of oar clashing through the tight stretch each crew took a wide birth
around the bend in front of the boathouse with Doug B. and Bob ultimately prevailing.
The middle of the day's programming was stacked with fours races. Alumni were given a crack at both the varsity and novice fours from both the men's
and women's sides. The first fours race had the alumni women's crew of Patty Wolford, Cheryl Thompson, Meg Grady, and Lauren Boucher with Nina Ma coxing
up against the Case novice women. With a solid stroke set be alumna and current head coach Patty Wolford, the alumni women looked comfortable in their
win over the novices.
Kate Menosky (cox), Patty Wolford (s), Cheryl Thompson (3), Meg Grady (2), and Lauren Boucher (b)
The alumni men proved dominate in the fours with most still either rowing or posting lots of meters on the erg. In different line-ups the alumni men
were able to prevail over the students in both races. Against the Case Crew varsity four the all-star line-up of Brian Chorney, Tom Hudak, Chris Bowley,
and Chris Shoemaker with Rebecca Carter coxing pulled away from the start and never looked back. Against the novices Tim Marcovy, Bob Gannon,
Brian Chorney, Nate Uber with Nina Ma coxing proved experience can trump desire on most days. The novice men's four from Case this spring had a couple
true novices and the crew looked good coming down the course. Hopefully the alumni regatta experience will show them what a lifetime sport rowing can be.
The most anticipated event of the day was the alumni women up against the Case varsity four. Much trash talking could be heard throughout the day
regarding experience and youth, but ultimately the crew that placed 2nd at URAs proved too strong for the alumni line-up of Patty Wolford, Cheryl
Thompson, Meg Grady, and Lauren Boucher with Katie Menosky steering.
Engine room of the alumni men's 8+: Chris Shoemaker (2), Chris Bowley (3), Tom Hudak (4), Fraser Hewson (5), Tim Marcovy (6), Brian Chorney (7)
For the last women's race of the morning, head coach Patty Wolford pulled in friend Kate Beckenbach into the pair to test their mettle against
2011 URA conference champs Katie Puttmann and Caitlin Bowerman. Kate B is an alumna of Case, but didn't row for the team. Hey, she's part of
the SARA family now... Kate and Patty tried valiantly to hang on to their younger rivals, but Katie and Caitlin's form proved formidable crossing
the finish nearly six seconds ahead.
Due to an unscheduled high school event also occurring at the boathouse, timing became tight near the end of the day. Therefore, we decided to
shorten the racing schedule and pit the alumni men in an 8+ against the mixed 8+ from Case. The student assured us this was a fast line-up
given the number of "true" novices on the team that started rowing a couple months prior. The mixed crew put up a fight with a great start,
but just could not hang with the alumni men after about 200m. The alumni men's 8+ has raced in roughly this line-up for a few years now
and all that practice must be paying off. Somehow in our mind's eye we were better than we ever were! ☺
After racing finished, the entire group gathered for a short shell christening and then the alumni convened the SARA annual membership meeting.
This spring SARA donated a brand new Peinert X25 single for lightweight women, and you can see more of the dedication
At the membership meeting the President and Treasurer gave their reports followed by
new business and fielding questions from the membership. Also at the meeting, Meg Grady (left) and Lauren Boucher (right), both class of 2009, were elected to
the SARA Board of Directors. If you would like to read minutes from the meeting please click
here. In general, if you would like to help please simply
consider updating your information, particularly your email address, and encouraging people you used to row with to stay in contact. Our email
list is deep, but it's still incomplete. So please send a note to your friends asking if they're getting the email updates.
The evening was capped off by alumni-student mixer at Great Lakes Brewery. Alums Eric Matyac and Jason King weren't able to make it to the racing,
but joined us in the evening to catch up. Eric also stepped up to sponsor a seat in the new four! The last piece of the
Alumni Victorious Campaign is now underway thanks to Eric's leadership.
This year's event was one of the most heavily photographed events in Case Crew's history. Thanks to Danette Bush, Anna Czekaj and Erynn Rathburn
for providing all of the photos. Please take a moment to view the photo album, and if you haven't done so put next year's event on your calendar!
Full results and lineups from this year's race can be found HERE.
April 3, 2011: Caitlin Bowerman and Katie Puttmann took home the gold in the varsity pair at this weekend's URA Championships. The annual race held
in Butler, Pennsylvania functions as the University Rowing Associations "unofficial" conference championships. The unofficial status does not mean the pace
of racing is off the mark. Winners of events at URAs often go on to the finals at Vails every year.
Katie and Caitlin's finish represents the first-ever conference
championship in any boat class for Case since the regatta was founded in 2004! Great job ladies!
The weather held out this year with almost no wind and temperatures in the 50's. A perfect day for sprint racing. Due to recent coaching changes
at a few of the UAA schools, Chicago & WashU did not attend. Rochester kept up their recent form and won every event entered on the men's and women's
side except for the women's pair won by Case. This stellar performance won Rochester the overall conference champion title.
The women's team wasn't done capturing medals after the pair. The varsity 4+ line up of Grace Eder (b), Ruth Dickey (2), Mallory Miller (3), Katie Puttmann (s)
& Anna Czekaj (cox) took home a silver medal behind Rochester and ahead of rivals Carnegie-Mellon. Then everyone jumped in an eight and took third behind
the varsity and JV line-ups from Rochester and beat a crew from New York University.
Nicholas Miller (b), Adam Wilson (2), Matt Moss (3), Doug Brubaker (s), and Anna Zekaj (cox) in the Men's Varsity 4+
The men's team struggled to find their form a bit at this year's race. The team size is a bit larger this year which enabled them to enter an eight for the first
time in ages. However, this depth includes a few true spring novices and this race was their first test off the home waters of the Cuyahoga. The early spring
experience in Butler will hopefully prove useful for the men as the season progresses.
Mallory Miller's mother was at the race and took hundreds of photos of all the crews -- mostly from the chase launch. Be sure to check them out!
Full results from this year's race can be found HERE (html).
JCU Wins Cleveland Collegiate Cup; Case Takes WV4+
March 26, 2011: The ninth annual race between Cleveland colleges was renamed the Cleveland Collegiate Regatta this year. The scrimmage
formerly known as the Home Schools Regatta featured Cleveland State,
John Carroll and Case Western Reserve racing down the winding
Cuyahoga River in a heat and final format. Seven races were run in fours and eights with JCU winning all races except the women's varsity
4+ that was won by Case. With such a dominating performance from John Carroll this year they took home the cup for the 5th time since 2003.
This year's installment of the regatta saw a heat and final setup to allow for maximum racing for the fastest crews. The heats were three abreast
500m dashes from through the Flats from NS1 to Nautica Pavilion. The top two boats from each heat then turned around and headed up river to race side-by-side for
1750m with the winner taking home a point for their team. Case took home a victory in the first race of the morning -- the women's Varsity 4+. However, the
rest of the morning belonged to John Carroll with them winning every other event -- 6 in total. Case took 2nd place in four of those six remaining races
for a strong performance overall.
Mallory Miller's mother was at the race and took hundreds of photos of all the crews. Be sure to check them out!
The race was held without incident, but the infamous Cleveland weather and Cuyahoga River conditions did its best to hamper racing.
The first race was at 8am with 22 degree weather (felt like 13). However, the sun was shining a bit and around 1pm the temperature rose to about 30 degrees
(felt like 23). There was a little bit of barge traffic and lots of debris, but no major delays to racing.
Caitlin, Katie, Ruth, Mallory, and Anna taking gold in the women's "A" final
Fresh Water Cleveland Article Features Case Crew President
March 24, 2011: A recent article on Fresh Water in Cleveland featured rowing at the
new Rivergate Park. The article also quoted current Case Crew president, Caitlin Bowerman, about what it's like to row on the Cuyahoga.
Many alums out there will identify with her comments regarding rowing past the lake freighters:
The other day we spent time waiting for the Pathfinder to go by. The first time you sit through that experience, it's a little scary.
Case misses Hammer Cup by 1 Point; Overall Series Now Tied
February 13, 2011:Case Crew missed defended their Hammer Cup title against
John Carroll by one point in the 2011 event.
The final tally had JCU with 128 points, Case with 127 points, and Cleveland State trailing with 96 points.
The challenge cup is in its 17th year, and Case is now tied with JCU at 8 apiece with CSU's lone win in 2009.
Team members took home medals in 6 of 7 events entered including the team relay. While an extremely strong performance overall, they were hampered
by injury and absence in a couple key events -- most notably the open men's category. The
new points system adopted by the coaches last
year rank all finish times against each other no matter the weight class or experience level. The points are awarded based on each person "beaten" in the stack.
With no entry in the open men category the team had a large hill to climb. Ultimately the entire team fell one point short in the bragging
rights battle for the Hammer Cup. However, the women
dominated and walked away with the women's team title with 104 points to JCU's 74 2nd place points.
The fastest women's time was posted by Katie Puttmann with 7:44.7, which garnered her a bronze medal. Not far behind was her fall
season pair partner Caitlin Bowerman with the time of 7:47.9. On the lightweight side, Mallory Miller posted a 8:13.8 to win her event.
The novice women's team also performed well with bronze medals for Rachel Wilson in the open novice event and Anise Grant in lightweight
On the men's side, varsity lightweight rower missed out on bronze in his event by 7.5 seconds with a time of 7:20.8. In the lightweight
novice event Case Crew hit the trifecta taking home all three medals: John Enevoldsen gold, Mayank Saksena silver, and Jeffrey Chin bronze.
Due to the previously noted injuries and absences, coaches Patty Wolford and Bob Gannon were pressed into service for the 6-person relay.
As part of the relay each team member pulls 500m and then hands off the machine to the next person. This year Case took 2nd place behind
Cleveland State by less than 4 seconds.
Race results from the 2011 event can be found HERE.
A summary of results from all 17 years of the Hammer Cup can be found HERE.
Alumni Break 1 Million Meters for Second Straight Year
February 1, 2011: Seventeen alumni pitched in to row 1,142,275 meters in the annual C2 January Virtual Team Challenge
For the challenge rowers had to row as many meters as possible between January 1 and January 31 then
log their daily meters using the Concept 2 Logbook. The results were then ranked against other teams.
The SARA team finished in 91st place out of 291 teams with each member averaging over 60,000m. Thank you to everyone that participated.
This year marked the second time a concerted effort was made to log meters for this challenge and the second time we bested our
URA rivals from the University of Chicago. We beat their alumni team, but
were passed by the students (a separate ranking group) who pulled 1.6 million meters. Rowers from WRRA only managed 381,215 meters,
but were hampered by no access to the boathouse ergs. CRF is still working on the occupancy permit for the new boathouse so a number
of their members could not post meters. Let's keep it going next year!
Plain Dealer Highlights Projects Totaling $2B in the Flats
January 29, 2011: Case Crew took a mix of current varsity and newly fresh novices to compete in the
Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints
and gage mid-winter fitness levels. In the individual events nine rowers took part. Katie Puttmann
finishing 8th in the Open Women's category and Jeffrey Chin finishing 7th in the Lightweight Novice Men
grouping took top honors for the team. Assistant Coach Bob Gannon also got into the act and pulled a 7:16.6 in the veteran
event for ages 50-59.
In the 6-person relay event, and event the Case team has historically done well in,
finished in third place out of nine teams. Second, third and fourth place in the relay were decided by less than a second with
Case edging out Duquesne by a tenth of a second. Great job team!
Case Women Take Bragging Rights in Head-to-head Challenge
Case & JCU Erg Challenge Participants
January 23, 2011: Case and John Carroll faced off on ergs for a mid-winter showdown. Borrowing from a similar event last winter,
the teams raced over 5,000 meters (women) and 6,000 meters (men) for a little friendly competition to break the winter training monotony.
The format of the race awarded one point for each rower you beat. Then the points were tallied to crown a winner overall and for the
men and women. The Case women and JCU men were the point winners with JCU capturing the overall crown.
With a format that awarded participation as well as speed, the Case women came on top posting second, third and fourth fastest times. Ruth
Dickey pulled a personal best over 5k and only missed the top spot by one second.
On the men's side, personal bests from a couple rowers were not quite fast enough to win over a quick squad from University Heights. The men's
squad was heavy with novices competing in their first ever erg competition. May it be the first of many... The
JCU men posted 4 times under 23 minutes for the 6k piece with the winner, Miles Nevin from JCU, pulling 22:19. Doug Brubaker led the Case
men with a time of 23 minutes flat.
The event is a fun tune up for both teams. Next up for Case is the Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints next weekend and then the Hammer Ergatta
on February 13. If you're around please go and cheer the students on!
Golden Finish to 2010 Fall Season in Hamilton, Ohio
October 23, 2010: This year marked the first year that Case Crew entered the Hamilton Fall Classic.
Previously a youth regatta, this was the second time the Great Miami Rowing Center (GMRC) hosted the event.
Although small with only 10 clubs present, there promised to be some exciting races later in the day.
The day started out with the mixed novice 4+ composed of (4) Laura Kruse at stroke, followed by (3) Doug Brubaker,
(2) Jeff Chin, (1) Grace Eder and Adam Wilson (cox). This mixed line up of some second semester collegiate
rowers and some fresh novices looked confident as they crossed the finish line a whole minute a head of the
GMRC 4+ taking gold.
Men's Varsity 4+ on their way to silver
Next, the varsity men’s line up of (4) Adam Wilson, (3) Nick Beese, (2) Matt Moss, (1) Nicholas Miller and (cox)
Anna Czekaj took to the water. After racing the past two weekends and feeling like they had more to give, the
men powered down the river and finished second getting edged out for first by a little over a second from
Mixed Novice 8+ headed to the start
The mixed novice 8+ of (cox) Elizabeth Brott, (8) Laura Kruse, (7) Peter Lam, (6) Mayank Saksena, (5) Luke Heck, (4)
Jeff Chin, (3) Anise Grant, (2) Anna Czekaj, (1) Grace Eder rowed unopposed in a sea of a 4s race to get their gold medal.
The novice men then hot seated out of the 8+ into the Men’s Novice 4+. The lineup of (cox) Adam Wilson, (4) Doug Brubaker,
(3) Peter Lam, (2) Mayank Saksena, and (1) Luke Heck was originally intended to row in the Youth Novice 4+ because there
was open novice 4+ however after a morning protest, a parallel event was created for the Case Men and although racing
at the same time as the other 4+s the men’s race was unopposed.
The women’s pair promised a strong performance after taking gold at Speakmon. The lineup of Caitlin Bowerman
at stroke and Katie Puttmann in bow arrived at Hamilton to find no competition in their race. Determined to make their
last pair head race fun, the ladies focused on having fun and finishing cleanly before going to collect their gold medal.
The women’s varsity 4+ also felt the nostalgia as it was seniors Elizabeth Brott and Kathleen Puttman’s last fall head race.
The line up of (4) Katie Puttmann, (3) Elizabeth Brott, (2) Mallory Miller, (1) Grace Eder, and (cox) Anna Czekaj pulled power
tens for their seniors to pass Dennison before the 1000m mark and finish 1st.
Wilson & Miller - Varsity Pair Gold
The last race of the day was definitely the most anticipated for Case Crew. The men’s masters/open 2- race included 2 entries for Case.
The “A” entry of Doug Brubaker (stroke) and Nick Beese (bow) raced the positive α and finished 3rd. The “B” entry of
Adam Wilson (stroke) and Nicholas Miller (bow) started 4th in the race but by the time they reached the finish line the men were
in first place and gaining ground. Looking solid in the kaizen, Adam and Nicholas easily took gold to round out the day.
Mallory, Elizabeth, Anna, Katie & Grace
As usual the team lined up for their team and boat photos with always loud coxswain (and sometimes rower) Anna Czekaj
deciding the theme for each picture. After pictures the team decided to celebrate all their medals by
tossing the temporary
novice cox Adam Wilson into the river, although more work was done by the varsity men then the novices.
Thanks to Case Crew President Caitlin Bowerman for this race report and Danette Bush for the great photos.
Full results from this year's race can be found HERE (html).
Alumni Compete in Boston - Cullins Takes 3rd in Champ 2x
October 23, 2010: A number of Case Crew alumni competing in this year's Head of the Charles in Boston, MA.
Alumni racers were in the Women's Club 4+, Men's Club 4+, Women's Championship 2x and Grand Master Single.
The women's club 4+ entry for SARA consisted of Lauren Boucher '09 (cox), Katherine Allen '06 (stroke), Anna Foster (3), Cara Murphy (2),
and Monica Ionescu '10 (bow). Cara and Anna are friends of the team and substituted in at the lst minute for other alumnae that couldn't attend.
Lauren Boucher '09 provided this account of their race:
We went out and practiced on Friday with Brian Chroney '07 in bow. On Saturday it was sunny and rather warm for Boston but very windy.
The first half mile of the race was a little rocky as we battled high winds and settled into a rhythm but the boat pulled it together.
For a boat with four rowers who never rowed together and despite the strong winds, the boat was able to have several strong stretches
of power and walked through several boats. In the last third of the race, a boat from Sydney
started to pass and took the inside lane. Rowing through Eliot bridge we had a slight clash of oars as we were determined not to let them pass and moved up on their stern as
they were trying to clear us. While they eventually passed us, we hung onto their stern all the way through the finish.
We finished 46 of 52. Endicott College, the team Chorney coaches, finished 7 seconds ahead of us in 45th place. The wind played
a big role in racing as the winning time was over 20 minutes while on Sunday, when the there was no wind, several course records were broken.
Jessica Schneider '10 also raced in the Women's Club 4+ event with her crew from Teaneck Rowing Club
from New Jersey. Jess is currently attending medical school and still finds time to row. Her crew finished 49th just behind the SARA entry after
being assessed a one minute interference penalty.
Alumna and former Case Crew coach Miranda Cullins raced in the championship double event for USRowing
and took third. Miranda and her partner, Desiree Burns (an alumna from U. Virginia),
finished behind two other USRowing entries only 2.02% off the winning pace. They crossed the start with bow number 12 so had to contend with numerous
passing opportunities along with the infamous Charles River bridges. Next up for Miranda is the Fall Speed Order slated for November 13-14.
Rounding out the alumni racers were Brian Chorney '07 in the Men's Club 4+. His crew from
Gentle Giant Rowing finished in 47th place out of 58 crews.
Former coach and alumnus Tim Marcoy LAW'77 raced in the Grand-Master Singles Men [50+] event, and he finished in 65th place.
Tim's son, Aaron, also competed in this year's event. Aaron raced in the Championship Double sitting bow as part of a USRowing entry
and finished in 4th place.
Great job to everyone, and see you next year.
Full results from this year's race can be found HERE (html).
Solid Results at 2010 Speakmon Regatta in Columbus
October 16, 2010: The 27th running of the Jack Speakmon Memorial Regatta strayed from its usual end-of-October date this year. The event on
Griggs Reservoir in Columbus, Ohio is typically the last one of the fall season for the team. However, with five weekends in October this year and other
hallmark races shifting around as a result, the organizers at GCRA picked the mid-month date in 2010. The
team is now planning on wrapping up the fall season in Cincinnati at the Hamilton Fall Classic.
The mid-October date proved a blessing given the great weather for the race. It has been known to snow in late October for those of you out there that remember...
Puttmann & Bowerman - Open Pair Gold
The team held onto their fast form from Pittsburgh the previous week to medal in two events - Gold in the Women's Open Pair and Bronze in the
Men's Open Novice 4+. After finishing second at the Head of the Ohio, the duo of Caitlin Bowerman at stroke and Katie Puttmann in bow
beat out 7 other crews to take gold in Columbus.
The men's novice four was a composite of seasoned novice rowers from Case and Cleveland State.
The line up of G. Vaughn (bow) from Cleveland State, Peter Lam (2), Peter Schillo (3), and Doug Brubaker (stroke) with Matt Moss coxing showed early promise with a solid bronze
medal performance. The team also fielded a women's novice four that finished fourth in their race. The line up of Anise Grant (bow),
K. Collins (2), Laura Kruse (3), and Grace Eder (stroke) gained valuable race experience and hope to carry it through the rest of the season.
Also having solid performances were the women's varsity four of Grace Eder (bow), Mallory Miller (2), Elizabeth Brott (3) and Katie Puttmann (stroke)
finishing in 5th place. Cross town rivals from John Carroll pipped
them by 10 seconds for fourth and both crews finished behind varsity-status crews from the University of Dayton.
In the men's open four Nicholas Miller (bow), Matt Moss (2), Nick Beese (3) and Adam Wilson (stroke) finished
in the middle of the pack in 9th place out of 19 crews. However, places 5 through 14 were decided by only 30 seconds. Anna Czekaj coxed both of the
open crews down the 2.8 mile course.
For a bit of fun, the team also jumped into a few mixed line-ups. Nicholas and Mallory Miller teamed up in the mixed double to place sixth while
two crews took a shot at the mixed four event. The "A" line up of Caitlin Bowerman, Anna Czekaj, Nick Beese, and Doug Brubaker took fourth out of 14
and the "B" line up of Elizabeth Brott, Katie Puttmann, Matt Moss, and Adam Wilson took 12th.
Bronze medalists in the Men's Novice 4+
Full results from this year's race can be found HERE (html).
October 15, 2010:Notre Dame College in Euclid, Ohio announced today the addition of women's varsity and men's club rowing
to their athletics program. The women's team will become the first varsity rowing program in northeast Ohio, and the team will only the fourth
varsity program in Ohio behind Ohio State, Dayton and Marietta.
The Falcons have hired Cleveland rowing stalwart Russ Eckles to lead both the varsity and club programs. Russ has coached almost every scholastic
and adult program in Cleveland. The Falcons will begin recruiting immediately for the inaugural season, which is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2012.
October 9, 2010: On a glorious October day in Pittsburgh the Case women brought home bronze in the Women's Open 4+ and
combination of Caitlin Bowerman and Katie Puttmann brought home silver in the Open Pair. On the men's side, the open 4+ finished in 13th place
and the men's pair of Doug Brubaker and Nick Beese just missed the hardware by finishing fourth. Head Coach Patty Wolford raced in the women's master
4+ finishing third and in the mixed double with assistant coach Bob Gannon to finish in fourth.
The excitement for the day surely was in the women's open 4+. The women's crew of Katie Puttman (stroke), Elizabeth Brott (3),
Mallory Miller (2), and Grace Eder (bow) with Anna Czekaj coxing left Pittsburgh thinking they had finished in 10th place. Tenth place
was respectable given that 24 crews had entered the race and they got passed by Alexandria Community Rowing pretty early after the start.
However, the timers at the regatta were in error and posted incorrect times. In fact, our women finished in third! The crew that passed
them early had won the entire event. It wasn't until the day after the event that women were notified of their tremendous result! Case
Crew has only medaled in the Open 4+ event two previous times in history: 2005 & 1994. Behind them were a number of crews from varsity
programs. Great job ladies!
Case's Women's Varsity 4+ crossing the finish line at the 2010 Head of the Ohio
In the women's pair, Caitlin Bowerman sat at stroke in the pairing while Katie Puttmann in bow held a great line down the course according to Coach Wolford. The crew held off
WRRA down the last 1000m calling almost continuous power 10's. Ultimately, WRRA finished in first but the Case ladies beat out the line up from varsity
The men also had a good showing in Pittsburgh. The men's open 4+ line-up of Adam Wilson (stroke), Nick Beese (3), Matt Moss (2), Nick Miller (bow) with
Anna Czekaj at cox felt it was their best row to date in this configuration. The men's pair of Doug and Nick finished with a very respectable time given
the fact that this race was their 4th or 5th time in the boat.
Full results from this year's race can be found HERE (html).
September 18, 2010: The 15th edition of the Head of the Cuyahoga marked the last time the race would be hosted at the Carter
Road location. With the acquisition of the new, permanent site next year's race will be held further down river. The weather also cooperated this
year with sunshine, mild wind and temperatures in the low 70's -- perfect fall rowing weather.
This year's race marked the 7th year since Case Crew alumni began entering the race. This year's race saw alumni from Columbus, Pittsburgh and Raleigh,
North Carolina joining the local Cleveland contingent. The students also took home two medals from the women's open 4+ and 2x events, and all Case Crew
entrants raced in SARA shells!
Nick Beese led everyone off the dock in the morning in the Men's Open 1x. Nick picked up sculling over the summer utilizing the new SARA singles.
He faced some stiff competition from Maine, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh to finish 4th overall.
The first event involving alumni of the morning pitted Tim Marcovy, Tom Hudak and Doug Rathburn against each other in the Men's Master Single. Twenty-one scullers
completed the 4000m Cuyahoga River course with Tom taking top alumni honors in 7th place overall. Doug pipped Tim by time, but ultimately finished
behind after Tim's handicap was applied.
L-R: Denzel, Shoemaker, E. Rathburn, Bachmann, & D. Rathburn
The women's open 4+ of Mallory Miller (4), Elizabeth Brott (3), Ruth Dickey (2) and Grace Eder (1) and Anna Czekaj as coxswain looked strong powering
down to the river to take 3rd place. The crew beat teams from John Carroll, Miami of Ohio, Cleveland State. The varsity women's team has six participants
this fall and the remaining rowers, Caitlin Bowerman & Katie Puttmann, raced in the open pair event unopposed. However, recent rains and the resulting river debris proved
the largest obstacle to the pair. The pair hit a log that dislodged their fin in front of the boathouse half way down the course. Showing grit
and determination they finished the race course with minimal steering in a time that would have beaten both Cleveland State 4+ entries.
Like Nick, Mallory Miller became a certified sculler this summer, and she jumped into the 2x with recent Case graduate Monica Ionescu. The two scullers
handily beat the other entrant from Three Rivers to bring home gold.
A group of alumni men jumped into a four to compete in the Masters 4+ event. The line up of Chris Denzel (4), Doug Rathburn (3),
Dan Bachmann (2) and Chris Shoemaker (1) with Erynn Rathburn coxing finished 8th of 9 crews. The crew was by far the youngest in terms of age
handicap, and Doug rowed starboard for the third time in his life. Given the relative merits of such a crew the result was outstanding...
The men's open 4+ line up of Adam Wilson (4), Nick Beese (3), Doug Brubaker (2) and Matt Moss (1) with Anna Czekaj at the tiller moved up a couple
spots from last year to finish in 5th place behind strong crews from Miami, Wheaton, Cleveland State and John Carroll. The crew has been rowing well
together and they are optimistic about the later races this fall. Adam Wilson also jumped into a Cleveland State 8+ later in the day to fill out the crew.
Crew members at the 2010 Head of the Cuyahoga
Nick Beese in the Open 1x
The last alumni crew to take the water was a women's master double of Patty Wolford and Eileen Gordon. The duo rowing in fantastic "row like a mother"
pink shirts took 6th place of 9 crews.
Due to the recent generosity of Case Crew alumnus Paul Buchheit toward the Rivergate Project, representatives from the university were willing to sit down with SARA.
The gift has gotten SARA on the university's radar so to speak. Doug Rathburn, SARA President, and Dan Bachmann, SARA VP, covered
some of the history of rowing at Case, the raison d'être of SARA, and the potential for future cooperation between SARA and the university. More to come...
Cleveland Rowing Foundation Buys Site on Cuyahoga River
September 13, 2010: The Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) in partnership with
Trust for Public Land (TPL) has acquired a seven acre commercial riverfront site in the Flats.
The new site will create a public park and preserve public access to the Cuyahoga River for healthy, people-powered activities such as kayaking,
canoeing, rowing and dragon boating. Rivergate is expected to open to the public
in the summer of 2011.
"Today marks another giant step in the revitalization of our downtown, " commented Bob Valerian, Cleveland Rowing Foundation's President.
"Rivergate will become a magnet bringing thousands to the Flats to enjoy the increasing natural beauty of our river."
Over 850 people, including eight local high school and college crew teams, kayakers and dragon boaters, regularly use CRF's current boathouse.
However, the fate of the current facility became doubtful with the passage of the recent casino initiative which included the leased boathouse
property in its footprint.
"CRF approached The Trust for Public Land to help negotiate and secure a new site and TPL was delighted to assist,"
remarked Bill Carroll, TPL's Ohio State Director. "Rivergate presents a rare opportunity to create a park and recreational gem on the banks of
the Cuyahoga River in the center of downtown Cleveland."
Rivergate also affords the space to create a world class water sports venue capable of hosting national regattas.
"We hope to bring exciting new events to the Cuyahoga which will attract thousands of visitors to our city, "remarked Theresa Gang, CRF's
Executive Director. Gang also noted that the new site provides space for expanded programming including learn-to-row programs for urban youth which
have been successful in Boston, New York and Philadelphia.
Rivergate enjoyed broad-based support from the community, including government, foundation, corporate and individual donors. According to Sarah
Ott-Hansen, CRF's Development Director, "Raising funds for a capital project isn't easy in this economic environment, but Rivergate resonated
The Cleveland Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, Metlife Foundation and other local foundations made significant gifts. In addition,
a major catalyst was Peter B. Lewis who made a $250,000 challenge grant that spurred new donors including Paul Buchheit, a recent Case Western
Reserve University graduate ('98) and early Google employee, who joined the university and the Spartan Alumni Rowing Association to make a
significant gift. The Lubrizol Foundation, Scranton Road Development Corporation and Forest City were among the many others who helped meet
the Lewis challenge grant. Finally, Parker Hannifin Foundation's contribution days before closing along with a bridge loan from Huntington Bank
enabled Rivergate to become a reality.
CRF's work will not end with the acquisition of the Rivergate site. The organization will immediately begin making modest renovations to
existing buildings on the site, move the 120 boats from its current facility and installing docks, undertake a site master planning effort and
initiate the process of converting the vacant concrete-covered site into a public park and vibrant recreational center in the Flats.
CRF will work with ParkWorks, a local non-profit engaged in reclaiming urban green spaces to convert the vacant, concrete-covered
site to park and recreation space.
CRF is a twenty year old non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting low impact use of the Cuyahoga River and preserving public access to
the river for healthy, people-powered activities. CRF is committed to making the river accessible to all individuals regardless of race, gender,
religion, socioeconomic background, ethnicity, or physical disabilities.
The donation to the Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) will support its Rivergate Project,
and will be used as matching funds for the challenge grant philanthropist Peter B. Lewis
made to the CRF. Buchheit, a 1998 graduate of Case Western Reserve and Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur, rowed as a member of the
university’s crew club during his time as a student.
“To have the support of someone who rowed in Cleveland more than a dozen years ago highlights the positive impact of the sport
and the sense of community it helps to create,” said Jon Adams, co-chairman of CRF’s Rivergate Fund. “All of us are grateful to
Mr. Buchheit, SARA and Case Western Reserve.”
CWRU students have rowed on the Cuyahoga River since 1991, the year they founded their club at the university. In 2003
graduates came together to found SARA; since then the alumni group has funded the acquisition of several shells and a trailer.
The organization also is providing Case Crew member Miranda Cullins a rowing shell and oars while she is training with the U.S.
Rowing Women’s National Team in Princeton, N.J.
“Rowing is a lifelong sport that changes every person who participates,” said SARA President Doug Rathburn, a 1997 CWRU graduate.
“We are profoundly grateful to Paul Buchheit for his support of this important project.”
Buchheit earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Case Western Reserve in 1998, and then went on to work for
Intel Corp. for one year. In 1999 he became the 23rd employee of Google,
and ultimately served as the lead developer for Gmail. Google’s free email system that today numbers more than 170 million users.
Buchheit retired from Google in 2006, and the following year founded FriendFeed, a service that allows
users to share information – links, photos, videos and messages – online with select individuals.
Facebook acquired FriendFeed in 2009.
“The Rivergate Project is a promising one for Cleveland, Case Western Reserve and for our student athletes,” said Barbara R. Snyder,
CWRU’s president. “We are pleased to be part of this effort, and honored by the ongoing engagement of our graduates in the university and community.”