News Archive from the 2012 - 2013 Season

Case Crew 2012-2013 Season Recap

Below is the academic year 2012-2013 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 15 Head of the Cuyahoga Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse results photos
September 16 USRowing Masters National Head Race Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse results photos
September 22 Frogtown Races Toledo, OH results photos
October 6 Head of the Ohio Pittsburgh, PA results photos
October 13 Speakmon Regatta Griggs Reservoir, Columbus, OH results photos
October 20-21 Head of the Charles Boston, MA results photos
October 27 Head of the Hidden Dragon Harsha Lake, Cincinnati, OH results photos
December 8 Central Catholic Biathlon Pittsburgh, PA results  
January 26 Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints Pittsburgh, PA results photos
February 2 Cleveland Collegiate 6k/5k Erg Challenge Cleveland, OH results  
February 9 The Hammer Ergatta Cleveland, OH - Cleveland State Rec Center results photos
February 22-23 24 Hour Ergathon (fundraiser) Cleveland, OH - CWRU Campus 838,374m photos
March 2 Midwest Championship Erg Sprints Columbus, OH - OSU Campus results photos
March 10-15 Spring Break - Camp Bob Cooper Summerton, SC   photos
March 23 Cleveland Collegiate Regatta Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse results photos
April 6 WV Governors Cup Univ Charleston Campus - Charleston, WV results photos
April 13 Alumni Regatta & SARA AGM Cleveland, OH - CRF Boathouse results photos
April 27 MACRAS Ford Lake - Ypsilanti, MI results photos
May 10-11 Dad Vail Regatta Philadelphia, PA results photos
May 25-26 ACRA championships Gainesville, GA results photos
June 24-26 USRowing Under-23 National Team Trials West Windsor, NJ results  


DelBarba National Champion in the Men's Single; Miller 3rd in W1x

May 25-26, 2013: Three scullers from Case headed south to compete in the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) national championship regatta. Doug Brubaker and Patrick DelBarba raced the men's single event and Mallory Miller raced the women's single. The race held in Gainesville, Georgia had great weather and all three scullers made the final with Patrick winning and Mallory taking third.

A few years ago the IRA regatta excluded club programs so those club programs formed their own national championship known as ACRA. The big, established varsity programs were sometimes getting beaten by clubs like Michigan, Virginia and Purdue and they were afraid of getting their funding pulled like Rutgers. It's a testament to club rowing in this country and an opportunity for a great national championship now in its sixth year.

The regatta is held at the same location as the 1996 Olympic regatta and affords the race organizers eight lanes of racing. The women's single event had nine entries which resulted in the heat and final progression. Mallory finished second in her heat and advanced directly to the final.

ACRA 2013
Brubaker, Miller & DelBarba

Twenty-four scullers entered the men's event warranting full a heat, repechage, semi and final progression. Patrick won his heat and went directly to the semi-final. Doug finished fourth and if he wanted to advance further would have to do it through the repechage later that day. Of the four men's single heats, Doug's was by-far the stiffest competition with four scullers eventually ending up in the final.

One of those four scullers from the fast heat included Doug. He took second in the Rep and gained a spot in one of the two eight-boat semi-finals. The semi-finals were four-to-advance affairs and Doug finished fourth in his race. Patrick easily won his semi by over 6.5 seconds.

Patrick DelBarba winning the 2013 ACRA National Championship

Three scullers entered, three in the finals! Senior Mallory Miller finished her collegiate rowing career with a bronze medal behind scullers from the College of William & Mary and Emory.

In the men's final Patrick won his race with over 5 seconds to spare to be crowned national champion. Racing for his fourth time in two days, Doug finished slightly off the pace in 8th, but out of a 24-boat field.

Go Spartans!

Click here for complete race results.

2013 ACRA National Championship Regatta Photo Gallery

DelBarba Claims Dad Vail Bronze; Four Boats Advance to Saturday!

May 10-11, 2013: This year marked a historic year for Case Crew with the team fielding seven boats at this year's Dad Vail Regatta. Second year student Patrick DelBarba claimed 3rd place in the Men's Collegiate Single - the first-ever medal for Case at Vails! Seniors Mallory Miller and Caitlin Bowerman made it to the finals in the Women's Pair and were pipped at the line by 0.4 seconds for fourth place. The men's pair of Gavin Brown and Matt Holdren also made it to Saturday racing, but finished third in their heat and missed a place in the final. Doug Brubaker also made the semis in the single and came fourth. All other boats were eliminated in the heats on Friday.


The Dad Vail Regatta is one of the few of its kind fielding small club crews against big division I varsity programs across two days of racing. Traditionally this regatta serves as the national championship for small crew programs - club or varsity. This year's event had 126 colleges with 532 crews entered across 22 events. Racing commenced on Friday with Heats and concluded on Saturday with Semi-Finals in the morning and Finals in the afternoon. Severe weather threatened Saturday racing so racing in the small boats were pushed to the end of the day. This guaranteed that the big, premier boats could race and put the small boats at risk. Luckily, all races were completed.

Results from Friday's Heats

The first crew Friday morning to compete was the Women's Varsity 4+ of Stephanie Merlino (s), Abby Sevier (3), Jamie Shah (2), Valerie Michel (b) with Chloe Milliman at cox. The women finished 6th in their heat and did not advance.

The next races were the men's and women's pairs. The men's pair of Matt Holdren (s) and Gavin Brown (b) took first in their heat and easily advanced after finishing 14 seconds ahead of Lafayette in second. The race was not without some excitement when Emory pulled sideways off the start and into Case's lane. It's never clear what the officials will do so Holdren aggressively went after their hull and tried to pull away. Fortunately the officials stopped the race, excluded Emory and re-started the field. The photogrpaher caught the offending Emory crew with a series of photos you can see here.

There was less drama in the women's pair with Caitlin Bowerman (s) and Mallory Miller (b) winning their heat by over 5 seconds ahead of varsity program George Mason to also advance to the Semi-Finals. Out of the heats Mallory and Caitlin finished with the 3rd fastest time overall.

Patrick DelBarba and Doug Brubaker raced their singles at last year's regatta with both sculler advancing to the semis, but not the finals. This year Patrick won his heat by over half a minute to advance and Doug came in 7 seconds behind a sculler from Rutgers-Camden to also advance.

Men's Novice 4+ of Andrew Fedor (b), John Suk (2), Chris Juengling (3), Chris Ryu (s), Peter Choi (cox)
© Sport Graphics

The team brought a large novice contingent to the regatta for the first time. The men's novice 4+ of Andrew Fedor (b), John Suk (2), Chris Juengling (3), Chris Ryu (s) with Peter Choi coxing. With only two crews advancing the Case men finished fourth behind Lehigh, Villanova and Rochester then ahead of Vassar.

The last of seven (7!) boats racing on Friday was the women's novice 8+ of Catherine Culp, Sydnie Dong, Rachel Horetzky, Kelly Hacker, Colleen Kennedy, Hannah Johnson, Hannah Olson-Williams, and Monica Hiller with Stephanie Doran steering. The crew drew the eventual winners from Grand Valley along with varsity program RIT, Penn State and cross town rivals Cleveland State. The Spartans gave it their all, but just couldn't quite match the pace of the rest of the field and finished 5th in their heat and did not advance.

Heats Summary: 4 out of 7 boats advanced!

Saturday Racing

The first events of Saturday morning were the men's single semi-finals. In the two-to-advance flights, Patrick DelBarba finished second less than a second off the sculler from Virginia Commonwealth University to advance. Doug Brubaker drew both Oklahoma City University scullers in his semi, and these guys went on to take gold and silver later in the day. Doug Ended up finishing 4th in his heat behind the two OCU scullers and one from the University of Tampa but ahead of Chicago and Pittsburgh.

Caitlin Bowerman (s) and Mallory Miller (b) taking fourth place in the Women's Pair
© Sport Graphics

The women's pair were next up and they finished in second place 4 seconds off the University of Cincinnati who eventually went on to win gold. With two to advance they secured their spot in the final. The men's pair finished in third place in their heat to just miss advancing by 10 seconds. They finished behind pairs from Clarkson and Seattle University.

Semi-Final Summary: 2 out of 4 boats advanced!

As mentioned earlier severe weather threatened racing and the small boats and JV races were pushed to the very end of the day. Both the women's pair and men's single races did finally go off the start. The pair ended up in 4th place and achingly 0.4 seconds off a medal behind George Mason. Cincy won with Penn State in second.

Case Crew's first-ever Dad Vail medal came from the men's single and the talent of Patrick DelBarba. He finished third behind Edgars Boitmanis and Matthew Maddamma both from Oklahoma City University. The OCU program is a varsity program with the goal of putting scullers on the U23 squad. Patrick finished 5 seconds off Boitmanis and less than 2 seconds off Maddamma.

Click here for complete race results.

2013 Dad Vail Regatta Photo Gallery

Patrick DelBarba (left) on the Dad Vail Regatta podium claiming his bronze medal.

Novice Women & Small Boats Excel at MACRAs

April 27, 2013: Case Crew entered boats in nine events at this weekend’s MACRA Regatta in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The event held on Ford Lake was originally scheduled for Indianapolis, but severe weather the weekend before damaged the race course prompting the move north. Good, warm weather greeted the team, but the wind picked up in the afternoon for the finals affecting some teams.

The Novice Women led the way for the team garnering the only Grand Final places out of the morning heats. The women’s novice 4+ of Monica Hiller, Colleen Kennedy, Hannah Johnson, and Catherine Culp won their heat by nearly 40 seconds over Wheaton College then went on to place second in the Grand Final behind Mercyhurst in a tough race.

Women's Novice 4+ showing off their silver medals
L-R: Catherine Culp, Hannah Johnson, Colleen Kennedy, Monica Hiller with cox Tara Tran across

The novice women’s 8+ also made it to the Grand Final by placing third in the heat behind Marquette and Eastern Michigan. With some of the athletes rowing multiple times and in multiple events the women gave a valiant effort but finished 6th in the Grand Final.

Crews advancing to the Petite Final from the Heats included the Women’s Varsity 8+, Men’s Novice 8+, Men’s Varsity 4+, Men’s Novice 4+ and Women’s Varsity 4+. From these results the varsity fours both finished 3rd in the Petite Final, or 9th overall.

Some events had seven entrants or less and were run as finals only without morning heats. Case entered three boats in the Men’s Single event with Patrick DelBarba taking gold, Doug Brubaker silver and Liam McCormick in 5th.

The team also entered a Women’s and Men’s Pair with both taking home silver medals. The women’s pair of Caitlin Bowerman and Mallory Miller finished 10 seconds off a pair from the University of Cincinnati. The same line up from Cincinnati apparently went on to take silver at Dad Vails last year.

In the Men’s Pair Gavin Brown and Matt Holdren also got beaten by a crew from Cincinnati to take second, but also beat a second Cinci line up as well as a team from the University of Michigan.

Silver in the men's and women's pairs
L-R: M. Holdren, M. Miller, C. Bowerman, G. Brown

Men's Varsity 4+ launching for their race
Line up: Anna Czekaj (cox), Liam McCormick (b), Doug Brubaker (2), Gavin Brown (3), Matt Holdren (s)

Senior Doug Brubaker summed up his regatta experience well:

MACRAs is a very special race for me. Last year the varsity men's team couldn't field any boats so I only had one race. It was my first ever race in the single in the "Captain Rando." I came in 6th of 7 that year. One year later, I was able to race two incredible races in the varsity 4+ with Gavin Brown, Matt Holdren, Liam McCormick, and Anna Czekaj, coxing one of her final races of her college career. It was an honor to race with these guys and to be part of Anna's crew one last time. I was dead tired for the single, but I rowed well and one year later came in second in a race I had been second to last in a year before. Holdren and Gavin also had a great race in the pair taking 2nd to Cincinnati and Liam jumped back in the single after a year's hiatus. I am encouraged when I measure my personal growth and the growth of the varsity men's team by the performance at MACRA. There are also some great novice men moving up in the Fall and the crews we will build for next year are certain to be faster. We all rowed hard this weekend and will continue to do so, building on this year for further success in the years to come.

The late change of venue didn’t hamper parent support. Parents for seniors Anna Czekaj and Doug Brubaker, sophomore Gavin Brown and freshman Chris Ryu showed up and provided the team with tons of food and support. Spring for the seniors always marks a bittersweet time of year, and MACRAs marked Anna’s last varsity race for Case. Congratulations Anna, and thanks to all of the parents for your support!

Click here for complete race results.

2013 MACRA Regatta Regatta Photo Gallery

Alumni Descend on Cleveland; Race Students

April 13, 2013: Case Crew hosted its sixth alumni regatta and a number of alums came from across the country to join in the fun. Folks came in from Dallas, DC, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Germany to mix it up in 600m match style races. Though the alums did not embarrass themselves, they were unable to best the students and lost all four races. The weather was blustery and in the 40's, but the water was flat and the starting commands lenient.

Alumni Men's 8+ trying to hang onto the stern of the students
Line up: Doug Rathburn (s), Tim Marcovy, Gavin Brown, Evan Lanese, Dan Bachmann, Nate Uber, Mike Krofcheck, Ken Klika (b), Chloe Milliman (cox)

The first race of the morning was the men's eight. The crews lined up next to Nautica stage with bows pointed to the boathouse. Unfortunately, the pause between "Attention" and "Go" wasn't quite long enough for the alumni men to gain fair advantage. With both boats jumping off the line well the students quickly had the advantage and 30 strokes in had a comfortable lead. Click on the race results to see complete line ups for each crew.

The shells were left in the water and the line ups changed to the mixed eight. The crews warmed up again into the Flats, practiced a couple starts and then lined up for Go Time. With a proper starting sequence finally offered the alumni jumped off the line in the lead, but it didn't last. Adrenaline must have been flowing in the students and the made up the advantage by thirty strokes in and sat on the alumni crew for the balance of the race. The margin of victory was "only" about half a length.

Alumni Women's 4+ half way to the boathouse
Line up: Colleen Kennedy (s), Margaret Wilkes (3), Eileen Gordon (2), Patty Travis (b) and Jeff Chin (cox)

The women then had a go in the women's four. Case Crew's varsity pair of Caitlin Bowerman and Mallory Miller line up next to both the Case and Alumni women's fours for some three abreast racing. The alumni women made up their own starting sequence and started a couple lengths up on the group. However, age and lack of time together showed their effects and the varsity women proved too fast. The women's pair came first followed by the student four.

The last race of the morning was the men's four. The alumni line up consisted of alumni Dan Bachmann and Mike Krofcheck being joined by associate professor Ken Klika and inactive rower Evan Lanese. They had their work cut out against a mostly novice, but extremely talented men's four from Case. The Case line up was comfortably in the lead coming around the bend to the boathouse when a WRRA learn to row group launched off the dock right in front of the finish. The chase boats had to call off the race with clearly enough room for the alumni to make a final push for the lead. So it'll have to be decided next year.

After racing concluded alumni liaison Valerie Michel present a season retrospective for all of the students and alumni. Then the alumni went to the Rivergate Cafe for their annual meeting. Later that evening everyone met up at the Jolly Scholar on campus for some food and age appropriate drinks. It was really a great weekend, and we hope you can join us next year!

Click here for complete race results.

2013 Case Crew Alumni Regatta Regatta Photo Gallery

Case Crew Medals in 10 of 13 races in Charleston, West Virginia

April 6, 2013: Case Crew enjoyed some fine spring weather in Charleston, West Virginia as they competed in the 2013 Governor's Cup. The nice weather was followed by some nice rowing with the team grabbing medals in almost every event they entered. The regatta included regional college teams from Cleveland State, Dayton, Ohio U, Miami, U. Charleston and John Carroll. Case has been attending the regatta since the early 90's and serves as a rite of passage each spring and a marker for speed in May.

Women's Varsity 8+ heading to the start of the 500m dash
Line up: Mallory Miller (s), Caitlin Bowerman, Stephanie Merlino, Abby Sevier, Valerie Michel, Rachel Horetsky, Tita Romero, Ava Kotas (b), Tara Tran (cox)

The first race of the morning was the men's 1000m singles. Patrick DelBarba and Doug Brubaker took first and second, respectively, and were the only entrants.

Next up were the varsity fours. For the women Stephanie Merlino (s), Abby Sevier, Mallory Miller, Valerie Michel (b) with Ava Kotxas coxing took silver in a close race falling behind Ohio by a length and a half. Some pre-race jitters resulted in a slow start and the crew were fighting the entire course to claw back Ohio. The men's varsity 4+ of Matt Holdren (s), Doug Brubaker, Matt Brown, Liam McCormick (b) with Anna Czekaj on the rudder finished third. It's difficult to compare times with a floating start, but the first two crews from Dayton and Miami raced below 6 minutes. Such fast times bode well for Vails.

In the women's novice eights Case finished in second behind a fast crew from Cleveland State but ahead of teams from Miami and Ohio U. You can watch video of the race here.

Experience and hard work paid off for Caitlin Bowerman and Mallory Miller in the pair. They comfortably bested a crew from the University of Charleston by over 13 seconds and now will set their sights on MACRAs and Vails.

Another successful trip to West Virginia

In the novice fours the women and men both finished out of the medals. The women's line up of Hannah Johnson (s), Kelly Hacker, Monica Hiller, and Colleen Kennedy (b) had difficulty settling into a comfortable rhythm off the start but rallied to a "great final 500m," according to Monica. On the men's side the crew of Chris Ryu (s), John Suk, Eddie Peng, and Peter Choi (b) also started slow but stayed close to third place Ohio U to finish only three seconds out of the medals.

A tradition at the Governor's Cup is to feature a 2000m varsity eight race then the crews turn around for a 500m dash straight away. The Case women's 8+ took third in the 2k leg then took silver in the sprint. It's the first time in a while the women's team boated an eight, which is a good indicator of the depth of talent on the team right now.

In the men's 8+ racing was dominated by Dayton over the 2000m course with Case finishing a distant second but well ahead of crews from Ohio U and Miami of Ohio. The men's line up was actually a composite comprising rowers from both Case and two from Cleveland State. Dayton didn't compete in the dash and with heavy legs the men finished at the back in third.

The last events of the day were a couple flights, run as finals, for mixed 8's. The first flight contained the "A" crews and Case finished in second behind Ohio U. The lineup was Patrick Delbarbra (s), Matt Holdren, Matt Brown, Liam McCormick, Stephanie Merlino, Valerie Michel, Tita Romero, and Caitlin Bowerman (b). According to alumni rep Valerie, "I was in this race to I can say that it was very intense, with Patrick stroking he kept the rating very high. Being in a boat with four men changes the speed drastically, it was quite fun to be in this boat." In the second mixed 8 flight, Case boated a novice crew that finished in fourth.

Overall, the team posted some strong performances under good conditions against solid competition. Go Spartans!

Click here for complete race results.

2013 West Virginia Governor's Cup Regatta Photo Gallery

Case Crew Dominates Home Schools

March 23, 2013: Case Crew took home the points trophy from the 11th annual Cleveland Collegiate Regatta against in-town rivals Cleveland State and John Carroll. The event is held early each spring as a tune up scrimmage between the Cleveland universities. Case Crew took home the overall points winning six races with CSU winning two and JCU failing to win any this year.

Women's Novice 8+ heading to the start

Given the audience of this web site you can appreciate the cold temperatures in the 20's and tons of debris and dead fish that resulted in a shortened and changed course. Instead of the usual heats and finals, the event was moved forward and all races were run as finals. The course ranged from 500m to 1000m from the mouth of the Cuyahoga up river to near Nautica. The winner of each event was awarded a point that went toward awarding the overall cup.

The men's team walked away with all three of their races: Men's Novice 8+, Men's Novice 4+ and Men's Varsity 4+. All races were won decisively including the A and B boats taking the top two spots in the novice 4. The varsity men's race was the only flight with all three schools entered and our men won walking away over 14 seconds ahead of JCU. For three of the novice men this was their first ever race!

On the women's side the women's varsity 4+ garnered the only points with two crews entered versus one from JCU. The A crew clashed with JCU and were given a 20 second penalty that pushed them back to third place and placing the CWRU B crew on the podium. The women then finished 2nd in the women's novice 8+ and novice 4+ events with CSU capturing their only two points of the day. Only Case had enough athletes to field a women's varsity 8+ so they rowed it as an exhibition for no points with alumna Ruth Dickey one the coxswain ropes.

The final two points for the cup were won in the mixed 8+ events. Case won the Mixed Varsity 8+ against JCU and the Mixed Novice 8+ against CSU to claim the cup for the second year in a row and the 5th time in the eleven years of the event.

Cleveland State took videos of all the races, which can be viewed here.

Click here for complete race results.
2013 Cleveland Collegiate Regatta Photo Gallery


Brubaker and Alumni Take on Columbus Erg Sprints

March 2, 2013: Case Crew rower and 4th year Doug Brubaker headed down I-71 to race in Ohio State's Midwest Championship Erg Sprints (MCES) where he pulled a personal record of 6:32.1. This result was the 5th fastest overall in the Men's Open category. The Men's Open race had 19 competitors from schools around the region including Ohio State, U Cincinnati, and Carnegie-Mellon. Doug is from the area and he was also able to watch his little sister compete in her first ever erg race for Dublin Crew.

Rathburn '97, Brubaker '13, Bachmann '97MD'02

Alumni rowers Dan Bachmann '97MED'02 and Doug Rathburn '97 also joined in the fun with Dan rowing the masters lightweight race and Doug in the Master Open race. Dan showed up half a pound over weight, but a few minutes in the sauna helped and allowed him to claim gold in the lightweight event. Dan's unadjusted time was 7:27.1, which was age adjusted down to 7:21.0 -- both of which were good enough for gold.

Doug Rathburn had flown into town from Germany the night before and finished about 4 seconds off his Hammer time from a few weeks prior to finish 4th overall based on raw time, but was pushed down to 8th after the age handicaps were applied.

Click here for complete race results.
2013 MCES Photo Gallery


Case Rows 838,374 meters in 2013 Erg-A-Thon

February 22-23, 2013: Case Crew embarked on their annual 24-hour erg-a-thon targeting a distance greater than that between Cleveland and Philadelphia -- the site of the annual championship Dad Vail Regatta. The team passed the 692km Dad Vail travel distance early Saturday morning on their way to a record effort. The erg-a-thon serves as one of the team's main fund raisers with each team member responsible for raising $150 for the crew coffers.

Doug Brubaker and Christopher Ryu both completed full 42km marathons as part of the effort. It's an impressive effort, but also impressive is some of the late night erging. The team motivated each other and watch movies to break the monotony including classics like The Lion King and Braveheart. Mathew Holdren had this to say, "It was awesome erging to Braveheart. I felt like I had absolutely nothing to complain about even after rowing for three hours."

Not every thing was candy and roses... According to Steffen Christofferson, "There was a moment at 3 am, where my heels started hurting so much I took them out of the straps and rowed with my feet on the floor. And I was delirious for about 3 hours."

First year rower Christopher Ryu had this to say about his marathon experience:

Prior to the ergathon, I never imagined myself completing a marathon. But now, thanks to crew and one very encouraging Doug Brubaker, I have done just that. Doug was without doubt one of the only reasons I made it. Even before we started, he patiently calmed me down as my nervousness about the distance started to take over. He said several times that if I knew in my mind that I would finish, then I would finish. Finally, it came. We woke up in Wade Saturday morning, ate a few snacks, popped in The Gladiator, and started erging. Throughout the whole thing he told me to concentrate on form, but especially that yes, I could finish. He was right. After 3 hours and 20 minutes, I stepped off the erg, exhausted but done. Congratulations to Case Crew for surpassing the 692,000 goal and special thanks to Doug.

Click here for a few photos from the 2013 24-hour Erg-a-thon.

Hammer Time in Cleveland!

February 9, 2013: Cleveland State played host to the Hammer Ergatta for the first time ever in the event's 24-year history. Their excellent event organization and marketing efforts drew the largest ever field with over 300 entrants -- including seven colleges. Case Crew represents themselves well winning the Men's Open, Women's Open Novice, Men's Lightweight Novice, and 6-person relay events.

Freshman Monica Hiller winning the novice event.

The novice women's team was deep this year and fielded nine entrants. Monica Hiller grabbed the gold medal in a time of 7:40.5 and Kelly Hacker pulled a 8:00.5 for bronze. Kelly had this to say about her race-day experience: "Went in with sleep on the eyes, a growling stomach, and enough nervousness for the whole team... Came out with sweat-soaked shirt, an empty water bottle, and my first medal for crew! IT WAS AN AMAZING DAY!!!!!"

Also from the women's team Estrellita Romero came second to a rower from Carnegie-Mellon in the Women's Open Lightweight event. Not to be outdone, Ava Kotvas competed in the 1000m coxswain's race and came third with a time of 4:56.6.

The men's team also claimed a number of medals including Patrick DelBarba with gold in the open event with a time of 6:22.4. The men's open race had five entrants from Case with many of the guys pulled a career or season best. Gavin Brown finished 12th and his "cox" for the race senior Caitlin Bowerman had this to say: "Gavin PRd and was 5 seconds faster than 2 weeks ago at sprints he is showing some phenomenal improvement"

In the men's lightweight novice event Chris Ryu won gold in 7:24.2 and Chris Juengling took the bronze. CWRU Assistant Dean and faculty advisor, Ken Klika, took home two silver medals in the Men's Veteran Masters B (60+) and Men's Open Rec 1k events. For the novice men Steffen Christoffersen claimed the team's fastest time of 7:15.7 for 7th place against some tough competition.

These solid results garnered the team the Hammer Cup again for the second year in a row! Case nows leads the series that dates back to 1995 with 10 wins versus 8 for John Carroll and one for Cleveland State.

After the 2000m racing was completed, three men and three women joined forces for the 6 x 500m relay. Case finished the relay in 9:56.0 ahead of other four collegiate teams and an alumni team from CSU. Monica Hiller said of the relay, "My favorite part of the day was the relay. It was awesome working as a team and rolling off the erg was so much fun." Then sophmore Gavin Brown had this to say, "Although I was the only non-freshman, we dominated every other team from the start, against the other teams' varsity. It was cool."

Start of the Men's Open event.

After the 2000m racing was completed, three men and three women joined forces for the 6 x 500m relay. Case finished the relay in 9:56.0 ahead of other four collegiate teams and an alumni team from CSU. Monica Hiller said of the relay, "My favorite part of the day was the relay. It was awesome working as a team and rolling off the erg was so much fun." Then sophmore Gavin Brown had this to say, "Although I was the only non-freshman, we dominated every other team from the start, against the other teams' varsity. It was cool."

Click here for complete race results.

2013 Hammer Ergatta Photo Gallery

Case Crew Wins Long Distance Erg Scrimmage

February 2, 2013: For the fourth year in a row the Cleveland colleges, Case, John Carroll and Cleveland State, gathered for a mid-winter tune up on the rowing machines. Men raced over 6000m and the women pulled 5000m. This year's competition was held at the boathouse and saw Case take the overall title for the second year in a row. The Case men won and the women took a close second behind JCU. The fastest times overall were posted by Case athletes: Monica Hiller in 20:22.0 and Patrick DelBarba in 20:31.9.

The Case men took the top three spots. Along with Patrick's strong performance, Senior Doug Brubaker came second with a 6k time of 21:32.9. Matthew Holdren then came third at 22 minutes. On the women's side Case's Hannah Olson-Williams finished second behind Monica with a time of 21:21.

A few years ago the coaches adopted a new points system for both the erg scrimmage and the Hammer Cup. This new system ranks all times in order awards a point for each person beaten. For example, if there are 20 competitors then the winner gets 19 points since their time beat 19 other people.

Based on this scoring methodology the Case men took 83 points versus 46 for John Carroll and 42 for Cleveland State. On the women's side even though the Case women took the top two spots the team wasn't deep enough to hold off John Carroll. The final women's tally was 23 points to JCU and an oh-so-close 22 for Case. Cleveland State did not enter any women this year. However, the combination of all points meant the overall team won by over 30 points!

Click here for complete event results.

Early Season Tune Up in Pittsburgh

January 26, 2013: Case Crew took a small contingent to Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints hosted by North Catholic High School. The event occurs only a couple weeks after winter break so it provides a nice tune up for the rest of the winter training season. The event is the largest indoor race in the region and hosted over 500 competitors and seven colleges.

Leading the way for the team was Patrick DelBarba with a silver medal in the Men's Open Race. His 2000m time of 6:20.1 was four seconds off the winner from Pittsburgh Rowing Club. On the women's side the fastest time was posted by novice Kelly Hacker. Her time of 8:06.1 was good enough for 10th place in the novice event.

2013 Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints Team Photo

Rounding out the results were Mallory Miller with a time of 8:07.1 for 6th place in the Lightweight Open Women's event. For the men Gavin Brown finished in 15th in the Open Men category with a 6:57.4 and Steffen Christoffersen finished in 11th in the Novice Men's event with a time of 7:19.9. Last but not least, Ava Kotvas finished in 8th place in the 1000m coxswain race with a time of 4:53.6.

Click here for complete race results.

2013 Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints Photo Gallery

Alumni Logging Meters for C2 Virtual Team Challenge!

  Rower Meters
1 Ken Klika 303,000
2 Tom Hudak 247,515
3 Karla Rosenman 225,321
3 Darin Epstein 225,321
5 Doug Rathburn 205,665
6 Evan Halprin 205,000
7 Peter Choi 201,536
8 Dan Bachmann 201,014
9 Kelli Anderson 173,119
10 Brendan Bupp 154,874
11 Jennifer Lohmeier 99,500
12 Mallory Miller 98,045
13 Katherine Allen 80,733
14 Doug Brubaker 77,889
15 Monica Hiller 64,909
16 Tyler Young 62,611
17 Eileen Gordon 45,186
18 Miranda Cullins 35,484
19 Catherine Culp 31,451
20 Craig Agricola 21,097
21 David Simpson 15,274
22 Nina Ma 15,167
23 Meg Grady 13,632
24 Erynn Rathburn 12,581
25 Matthew Brown 10,000
26 Brian Chorney 8,500
27 Tuck Pescosolido 5,000
26 Tim Marcovy 4,474
27 Bob Gannon 2,000
Total Team Meters 2,852,398

Final Tally!

U. Chicago Undergraduates: 4,595,306 meters and 27th place overall
U. Chicago Alumni: 3,488,399 meters and 33rd place overall
SARA - Case Crew: 2,852,398 meters and 40th place overall

Similar to last year we will give a free Case Crew hat to anyone logging more than 200,000 meters! Congratulations to our 8 winners this year! You can see our team results for previous years here: 2012, 2011 and 2010

Four Team Members Compete in Central Catholic Biathlon

December 8, 2012: Four members Case Crew made the trek down I-76 to Pittsburgh for the 11th annual Central Catholic Biathlon. The event comprises a long distance erg followed by a six mile run. The Pittsburgh programs have used this as a mid-winter aerobic session, and a few of our team joined in the fun.

Leading the way was Mallory Miller who finished in 10th position out of 108 entrants. Mallory completed the 7,500m erg in 33:35 and the six mile run in 31:34 placing her 5.5 minutes off the winning time. Following Mallory in 12th place was Anna Duewiger 50 seconds behind Mallory.

The men completed the same six mile run, but had to endure a 10,000m erg first. Patrick DelBarba finished with one of the top times on the erg, but was off the pace for the run finishing 17th overall. Doug Brubaker also made the trip and finished in 117th place overall.

Click here for complete event results.

Case Crew Perseveres Through Tough Conditions in Cincinnati

October 27, 2012: Case Crew took a full squad of over 40 athletes -- varsity & novice -- to Harsha Lake in Cincinnati to take on the Head of the Hidden Dragon. After dominating the regatta last year, the team returned to continue their reign. The event is hosted by Clermont Crew and Cincinnati Rowing Club. The course snakes 5000m along Harsha Lake but is quite exposed. Unfortunately, the weather didn't completely cooperate and racing was delayed in the morning. After cancelling a number of events and compressing the schedule teams were able to race, but in less than ideal conditions. Fourteen crews from Case ultimately competed across 11 events with the team winning 4 of the events, taking silver in another 4 events, and bronze in one event.

However, the best result of the day surely was the last place finish by the varsity women's 4+ of Louise Flavahan, Abby Sevier, Mallory Miller, Stephanie Merlino with Evan Lanese coxing. The line up entered the masters race after a member dropped out and the scheduling was in disarray due to the weather. For most of the event the crew were cruising comfortably in the lead when an oarlock popped off, which resulted in the crew taking on water in the waves. Somehow in the ordeal they flipped, but they were able to get back into the shell and continue racing. After rowing a bit, Evan was concerned about the amount of water in the shell and that it might cause damage. So he gave the order to "abandon ship" and they flagged down an official in a launch while floating in the water. After emptying the shell sufficiently they were determined to finish the race, and they posted a time of over 40 minutes -- over double the time of the winning crew from Indianapolis Rowing Center. However, they win the perseverance award for the weekend!

Doug Brubaker, Ken Klika & Patrick DelBarba

Gold medals were won by the Women's Novice 4+ ahead of 8 other crews, Patrick DelBarba and Mallory Miller in the Mixed Double, Doug Brubaker in the single, and finally in the Men's Open 8+ ahead of Wittenberg University with the fastest overall time. The Men's 8+ result is even more interesting since two varsity women had to substitute into the line-up due to the scheduling conflicts created by the weather.

The team's silver medals were earned in the Women's Collegiate 8+ behind varsity program University of Dayton, Men's Collegiate 4+ behind Wittenberg University, Men's Open Quad behind the Greater Dayton Rowing Association, and in the Men's Open Double where the duo (dressed as lumberjacks) of Henry Hershey and Doug Brubaker finished behind the father-son combo of Brian and Patrick DelBarba. As you all know Patrick is a current member of the team and paired up with his dad under the Three Rivers banner to take gold.

The team's lone bronze, and ninth medal overall, came in the Men's Novice 8+ where the men finished behind crews from the University of Cincinnati and Indianapolis Rowing Center.

Team Photo at the 2012 Head of the Hidden Dragon.

Before racing started in the morning the regatta organizers hosted a 5k run along the lake. Only one team member, Andrea Scheetz, took part posting a time of 29 minutes.

The weather put a damper on the season finale, but it was the best season so far for Case Crew with historic results at the Cuyahoga, Ohio and Charles head races. Now the team heads indoors and we look forward to an exciting spring season!

Click here for complete race results.

2012 Head of the Hidden Dragon Regatta Photo Gallery

Four Crews from CWRU Challenge the Charles!

October 20-21, 2012: Case Crew entered four boats into this year's Head of the Charles: the Women's Collegiate 4+, Men's Collegiate 4+, Women's Lightweight 4+ and the Men's Championship 1x. Both days of racing in Boston featured good weather with slight tailwinds. All crews availed themselves well in the regatta with second year Patrick DelBarba qualifying for next year's race in the Champ Single and the Women's Collegiate 4+ just missing a qualifying spot by less than a second.

The women's collegiate crew of Louise Flavahan (stroke), Grace Foxworthy (3), Stephanie Merlino (2), Abby Sevier (b) with Evan Lanese coxing finished 20th out of 38 just missing a qualifying spot for next year. The crew finished behind 0.9 seconds behind University of Illinois missing the last qualifying spot and 6.54% off the winner’s from Bowdoin College. To qualify crews have to finish in the top 50% in terms of position or within 5% of the winning time. The Case women have the unfortunate habit of finishing one spot out of qualifying having done the same thing in 2011 and 2007.

CWRU Women's Collegiate 4+ passing the Belmont Hill - Winsor Boathouse pushing against John Carroll

The men's collegiate 4+ line up of Matt Holdren (s), Doug Brubaker (3), Henry Hershey (2), Matt Brown (b) with Anna Czekaj coxing finished 34th out of 42 crews and were 10.14% off the pace of the winners from UVa. The crew is very young and the exposure to such high level competition was great and will provide strong motivation as they head into the gym for the winter.

Patrick DelBarba had his hand in the Championship 1x as the last race on Saturday for Case Crew. By virtue of his 2nd place finish at U23 Trials this past summer he was obliged by the rules to enter the champ, not club, event. Racing in the champ event a couple months after the Olympics meant the field was stacked with very fast people. So fast that the reigning Olympic Champion Mahe Drysdale only managed 9th place in the event. Granted he claimed to have not been training much since his win in London, but it puts Patrick's 19th place overall into perspective! Even though he finished in the bottom half of the field he was still within 5% of the winner Kjetil Borch from Norway. Great job Patrick!


Patrick DelBarba in the Champ 1x

With racing spread over two days, only one crew – the women’s lightweight 4+ – raced on Sunday. The lineup of Mallory Miller (s), Caitlin Bowerman (3), Katie Kershenbaum (2), Chloe Milliman (b) with Ava Kotvas coxing finished 10th out of 16 crews and 8.82% off the winners from University of Western Ontario.

The lightweight four event is essentially a championship event and the women’s performance was outstanding. The Case women had an excellent weigh in strategy throughout the weekend, and they finished only a few seconds off Princeton and ahead of the crew from Harvard (Radcliffe).

The evening after racing the team continued the tradition of meeting alumni and parents after the racing. SARA Secretary and Boston resident, Brian Chorney, made arrangements to meet up at the Papa Razzi in Wellesley, MA with over 25 people in attendance.

Click here for complete race results.

2012 Head of the Charles Regatta Photo Gallery

Case Crew Shows Depth and Speed at Speakmon

October 13, 2012: Case Crew made the annual trek down I-71 to compete in the 29th Annual Jack Speakmon Memorial Regatta hosted by the Greater Columbus Rowing Association. The race held on Griggs Reservoir usually brings out some tough regional competition and this year's team availed themselves well winning seven medals out of nine races entered -- another historic result for Case! The team brought a full squad to the regatta of over 50 athletes were able to field multiple boats in almost all boat classes.

The weather in the morning was quite brisk for the Men's Open 4+ and Women's Novice 8+, but both crews managed well with then men's first crew grabbing silver behind the University of Cincinnati and the second men's 4+ finishing 8th. This is the first ever time (that we have records) Case has medaled in the Men's Open 8+ at Speakmon. The novice women were able to field two eights with the first crew finishing in 5th ahead of a crew from Ohio State and the second crew (true novices from August) brought up the rear in 7th. Both crews gained some much needed race experience in preparation for the season finale in Cincinnati at the Head of the Hidden Dragon.

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The two women's novice fours pushing each other to the finish line to claim 1st and 2nd place!

As the weather began to warm up into the afternoon the men's novice team took to the water in two fours and then later in the 8+. The first men's novice crew filled with athletes that rowed last spring took second in their race and the fresh novices in the second crew took home 7th. When pulled together in the 8+ they finished 4th behind two crews from Ohio State and Ohio University, but were able to hold off cross-town rivals from Cleveland State.

The women's squad fielded on varsity 4+ and two novice 4+'s. The varsity line up was outgunned by four crews from Ohio State's varsity squad and quick crew from Ohio U to finish 6th overall. However, their time was still better than crews from John Carroll, Cincy, and Cleveland State. The novice women had the most successful showing of the day taking both gold and silver medals in a 6-boat race. The two crews finished within 30 seconds of each other over the 2.8 mile course.

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Patrick DelBarba on his way to winning the Men's Open 1x

A few of the varsity squad members jumped into small boats to prove their technical and physical skills. Club president Mallory Miller joined Caitlin Bowerman in the pair and bested three other crews to take gold in the Open Pair event. Then following up on his win at the Head of the Ohio second year student Patrick DelBarba took gold in the Men's Open 1x. Fourth year student Doug Brubaker finished an "oh-so-close" out of the medals by 8 seconds.

Net up for the team is the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston where the varsity squad will field four boats -- the most ever for Case Crew. Then the full squad will travel to Cincinnati for the Head of the Hidden Dragon on October 27. Then it's back onto the ergs!

Race results for the 2012 Speakmon Regatta can be found HERE.

2012 Speakmon Photo Gallery

Case Crew Brings Home Four Medals from Head of the Ohio

October 6, 2012: Case Crew headed to Pittsburgh for the 26th annual Head of the Ohio Regatta. The race has been a fall fixture for the team for over twenty years and never has the team done so well winning 4 medals out of 8 races entered! Medals included golds in the Men's Single, Women's Lightweight Four, Women's Lightweight Double and a bronze in the Men's Open 4+. The weather started out cold and rainy, but cleared up and warmed up slightly into the afternoon.

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Men's Open 4+ of Holdren (s), Brubaker (3), Hershey (2), Brown (b) and Czekaj (cox) pushing past Miami

The first crew to launch was the men's open four of Matt Holdren, Doug Brubaker, Henry Hershey, and Matt Brown with Anna Czekaj in the coxswain seat. The crew finished in 3rd place out of 17 crews. According to Anna:

The men's open 4+ started pretty hectic. We were worried we were going to be late to the start but we made it with time to spare. We spent the minutes before the race relaxing and finalizing our game plan. The race started and we were behind Miami University. The goal was to just beat Miami and continue to crush the others. We did just so and passed a total of 4 boats in this race. We could have definitely placed in second. Together we will be using this as extra encouragement in racing this upcoming weekend at Speakmon and then again at the Head of the Charles in Boston.

Next up into the medal category was Patrick DelBarba in the Men's Open Single. Patrick's time of 16:20.27 was 36 seconds faster than his nearest competitor and was faster than many crew boats on the day. Also in the race was his teammate and fourth year student Doug Brubaker who just missed the medals and took fourth out of ten scullers.

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Women's Lightweight 4+ of Miller (s), Bowerman (3), Kershenbaum (2), Milliman (b) and Kotvas (cox) powering to gold

Seniors Caitlin Bowerman and Mallory Miller led the women's lightweight team to two gold medals. Their first race was in the women's lightweight 2x where they rowed unopposed to gold. However, they openweight race crossed the start line immediately before them and Mallory and Caitlin passed all three boats in that event. Ultimately they would have beaten the openweight crew winners by one minute and twenty seconds!

Caitlin and Mallory then jumped into the Stefan James with Chloe Milliman and Katie Kershenbaum to also take gold by over 40 seconds against crews from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon. The line-up powered through and passed both boats in their race in choppy water. This will be the lineup for the Charles and they are exceptionally excited to show some early season speed.

Other results from the regatta included the Women's Open 4+ that finished 24th in a race stacked with varsity-status programs. The crew consisted of Louise Flavahan, Abby Sevier, Steph Merlino, and Laura Kruse being coxed by Gavin Brown. Their result is highlighted by the fact that still beat crews from cross-town rivals Cleveland State and the second crew from John Carroll. For the women's 8+ the coaches through in Anna Czekaj, normally a coxswain, for her first row of the fall. The team gave everything they could but finished near the back of the pack in 21st place beating a crew from Ohio University. The novice women's 4+ of Grace Foxworthy, Valerie Michel, Jamie Shah, and Tita Romero had a gutsy performance finishing 6th behind a couple varsity boats and some strong club programs.

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Double gold medalists Caitlin Bowerman & Mallory Miller

The team's last race of the day was the men's open 8+ and they finished in the middle of the pack -- 8th out of 16. Pitt won the event just over a minute ahead of our men. However, Case finished ahead of "A" crews from Cleveland State, Maryland, Miami U, Ohio U, and Liberty University. Anna Czekaj was again in the coxswain seat again and had this to say about the race:

The boat had 6 novice rowers, 2 varsity rowers and a varsity coxswain. We are very proud of this race. We managed to pass a total of 5 boats and battled it out in the end. We raced against men that were two times the size of our novice guys. Although we don't have a medal to show it, we know we won this race in our hearts because for the entire 5k everyone in the entire boat gave it their all. Off to Columbus next. Bring it Speakmon!

Race results for the 2012 Head of the Ohio can be found HERE.

2012 Head of the Ohio Photo Gallery

Brubaker '13 Takes on the Maumee River; Takes 6th in Single

September 22, 2012: Fourth year Case Crew rower Doug Brubaker took his single to Toledo to race in the 2012 Frogtown Races and took 6th place out of 20 masters scullers. The regatta hosted by Toledo Rowing Club is a 3 mile head race on the Maumee River through downtown Toledo. Brubaker's little sister rows for Dublin High School so he came to cheer her on and give the race a go. He was the youngest entrant in the Master Men's 1x and finished in a time of 27:10.75, which was 1:44 off the winner from Detroit Boat Club. He posted the 2nd fastest raw time overall, but being the youngest in the event meant the handicap system was not in his favor.

Race results for the 2012 Frogtown Races can be found HERE.

2012 Frogtown Races Photo Gallery

Case Crew & Alumni Burn Up the Cuyahoga

September 15-16, 2012: Case Crew and a number of alumni participated in this weekend's Head of the Cuyahoga (HOTC) and USRowing Masters National Head Race (MNHC). All participants, students and alumni, walked away with hardware from the weekend -- marking the most successful weekend of racing in team history!

The winding Cuyahoga River head race starts just below the I-490 bridge and ends approximately 4,800 meters down river in front of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) boathouse. The HOTC took place on it's usual third Saturday of September. CRF and USRowing partnered this year to bring the inaugural Head Race Masters National Championship together. This new race was held on Sunday of the same course and featured only Masters (rowers over 21 years old). The race will rotate between cities and return to Cleveland every four years. Both races were blessed with amazing weather with temperatures in the 70's, almost no wind and not a cloud in the sky.

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2012 Head of the Cuyahoga - SARA Gold Medal Men's 8+
L-R: Sam Rivier, Alan Valenti, Tom Hudak, Doug Rathburn, Dan Bachmann, Chris Shoemaker, Mike Krofcheck, Nate Uber & Lauren Boucher

For the HOTC, Case Crew entered 10 crews and all medaled except for the end-of-day mixed 8+. The tally included six gold medals, one silver and two bronze, which was good enough for the team to place second for the overall regatta points trophy -- only 5 points behind winners WRRA. This result is by far the best the team has ever done in its 17-year history!

Leading the way for the students was the men's 8+ posting the fastest time in the regatta in a time of 16 minutes 45 seconds. Also pacing the field was second year student Patrick DelBarba with a time of 18 minutes 28 seconds in the open single. Other gold medal winners were the Men's Collegiate Novice 4+ (Workman, Pradhan, Bupp, McCormick, and Milliman [cox]), Men's Open 2x (DelBarba & Brubaker), Women's Collegiate 4+ (Milliman, Kershenbaum, Bowerman, Miller & Czekaj [cox]), and the Women's Collegiate Novice 4+ (Kotvas, Romero, Anderson, Shah & Kruse [cox]).

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Case Crew at the 2012 Head of the Cuyahoga - Medals for Everyone!

Not to be outdone were the alumni who entered the Men's Open 8+ race and a few small boat events. The men's eight was up against a rec crew from WRRA so set their sites on the college teams that started down the course only a few minutes before. No one came close to the blistering time set by the Case men, but the SARA alumni men were able to better the times posted by Cleveland State and Miami University.

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Case Crew MV8+ - HOTC Gold!

In other alumni racing in the HOTC Nate Uber LAW'07 and his partner from Alexandria Community Rowing finished 4th in the Mens Open 2x, Tom Hudak '92 finished 5th in the Mens Masters 1x (C-D) for Three Rivers, and Doug Rathburn '97 finished 2nd in the Mens Masters 1x (AA-B) racing for SARA.

Following the racing on Saturday evening alumni, friends and students met up on campus at The Jolly Scholar to reminisce. The owner of the Scholar has treated the team so it was our time to give back. Plus, it's a great location and the food it great! Check out a few photos in the album below.

Sunday morning saw the alumni and one student crew hit the water. Caitlin Bowerman '13 and Mallory Miller '13 raced the AA category double unopposed in their category picking up gold and had the third fastest women's double time overall. The alumni (and one parent) teamed up for the Mixed 8+ and took gold in the A category ahead of a crew from Greater Columbus Rowing.

A number of alumni and friends competed in the MNHC including Doug Rathburn and Nate Uber in the Master 1x, Tom Hudak in the C 2x and C 4+, Chris Sheridan in the 1x, Tim Marcovy LAW'77 in the E 4+ and D 8+, and assistant coach Bob Gannon in the D 1x and E 2x. Case Crew members Anna Czekaj and Caitlin Bowerman also helped some out of town crews navigate the complicated course resulting in a few medals. For full results please check out the link below.

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

Race results for the USRowing Master National Head Race (MNHR) can be found HERE.

2012 HOTC & MNHR Photo Gallery

Case Crew Hires Its First-ever Paid Head Coach

CWRU Crew Coach

August 17, 2012: The Case Western Reserve University athletic department announced that it has hired Patty Wolford Travis '07 as its first-ever paid head coach for the Crew Club. Coach Travis led the team for the previous three years in a volunteer capacity. During her tenure Case Crew has helped the team to unprecedented success on the local and regional level and placed boats into the finals at the Dad Vail Regatta.

Patty is a 2001 graduate of Northern Kentucky University and she picked up rowing after matriculating at CWRU for a Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology that she completed in 2007. She stayed on Master of Science in Nursing which she completed in 2009. She stayed with the team after graduating in 2009 by becoming assistant coach. In 2010, she then assumed the role of Head Coach.

The funds for the part-time coaching position were provided to the university by SARA through gifts from alumnus Paul Buchheit '98 and also the SARA Coaching Endowment that was set up as part of the Alumni Victorious Campaign.

Congratulations and best of luck Patty!!!

You can read a copy of the press release here (html) or here (pdf).



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