July 3, 2016: Former Case Crew assistant coach JP Kirkegaard
won the Prince of Wales Cup for Men's Quads at the Henley Royal Regatta. JP represented
Vesper Boat Club as part of the Schuylkill Navy High Performance Center composite entry.
The regatta is run as a single elimination event over four days in the town of Henley-on-Thames. You can see the event results
JP Kirkegaard second from left
Big boats race on Saturday at Vails!
May 13-14, 2016:Case Crew ventured to Philadelphia with three crews
seeking to make a statement at the small and mid-size school national championship regatta. The first-ever women's varsity representing
Case at the regatta advanced all the way to the Petit Final and finished 12th overall out of 26 crews. The men's novice 4+ advanced to
the Saturday semi-final but finished 3rd and didn't advance. One of the toughest events in the country is the men's varsity 8+ at Vails,
and our crew improved on last year's performance but were still not able to advance out of the reps.
The varsity women's programs have NCAAs, the big division I men's programs have
IRAs, and after getting kicked out of IRAs the club teams
formed ACRA for their national championship. However, the 80-year old
Dad Vail Regatta is the last, true all-comers regatta that is the
de facto national championship for small and mid-sized colleges whether you're varsity-status or club. Dad Vail hardware is extremely
difficult to earn and racing on Saturday (advancing from heats on Friday) is a mark of a fast, national level crew.
Fully subscribed events run three semi-finals of six boats each, which means Saturday crews are in the top 18 in the country.
The women's varsity 8+ of Ashley Yoon (b), Emmeline Pearson (2), Joyce Chu (3), Hannah Olson-Williams (4), Colleen Kennedy (5), Anna Thompson (6),
Steph Merlino (7) and Emily Schnittman (s) with Elizabeth Tobin on the ropes rowed consistently all weekend. They drew eventual winners
UMass in their Friday heat and took second place to advance
against Georgia Tech, John Carroll and
varsity program Sacred Heart. This result marked the first-ever
time Case has advanced an eight of any type -- women, men or novice -- to the semi-finals at Vails.
Women's Varsity 8+ posing with their lovely Pocock eight, the Triple H.
The weather on Saturday for the semis and finals was forecast to be blustery in the afternoon so race organizers switched everything around
and compressed the schedule to finish before 2pm. Beautiful conditions greeted the WV8 for the breakfast time race, and they put in a
tremendous effort to finish fourth behind powerhouses Fordham,
Grand Valley State and Purdue.
The fourth place finished grabbed them a spot in the 2nd level final and marks the first-ever big boat (4+ or 8+) from Case to advance to
the finals in the team's history!
The effort from the morning semi beating varsity program La Salle and club
Marquette showed in the women's legs for the lunch time petit final.
The wind also picked up and the start sequence had them slightly misaligned at the "go". Some fatigue and early course adjustments had our
ladies chasing the field from the back. They finished 6th and just a couple seconds off Georgia Tech, the team they comfortably dispatched in the heats.
Men's Novice 4+ racing to 3rd place in the semi-final.
The men's novice 4+ of Dave Fulton (b), Will Warren (2), Sam Nutt (3) and Ben Lindstrom (s) with Oona Haffey (cox) had an impressive showing
pulling the 13th fastest time in the heats in a drag race against the varsity men's program from
Wentworth Tech -- perennially strong in fours. Their second place heat finish
garnered them a place in the Saturday morning semi-finals. In the semi they drew a Murderer's Row of opponents and finished a strong 3rd just
missing out on a finals berth. The semi saw Michigan and Villanova
taking the top two spots, but Case beat varsity program Drexel on their
home course as well as crews from Grand Valley and the varsity squad from
On a side note, the men's novice 4+ endured the most heated and protracted selection process of the year. The novice squad has six or seven excellent
athletes all deserving of post-season racing. The final crew selection was only made days before the event to try and determine the absolute fastest
combination. Selection is a mixture of science and art with Head Coach Aaron Marcovy making the statement "I even did a least squares analysis" to
help try and determine the way forward.
Men's Varsity 8+ giving Minnesota a race in the heats.
The men's varsity 8+ of Chris Ryu (b), Sean Mann (2), Ryan Norchi (3), Liam Hoye (4), Kevin Cronin (5), Matt Hausladen (6), Luke Fakult (7) and
Phil Smith (s) and Masato Miyagi (cox) came to Philly to lay it on the line. They were given reasonable lane draws and ultimately a good
repechage. Coaches Aaron and Rachel Stanley followed all races on their bikes and the boys raced to their potential executing the race
plans perfectly. In the heat they drew and finished behind Delaware,
Grand Valley and Minnesota.
Knowing the potential speed in the heat, the crew "shut it down" at the 1000m mark, but were still able to hang onto the stern of the Minnesota crew.
This base speed set them up well for the rep later on Friday afternoon.
In the rep the boys left it on the course and executed a great race, but came up a bit short finishing fourth behind Club-Varsity programs
Bucknell and UMass-Lowell
and the varsity-status program from Loyola Maryland.
In the 7-boat rep they finished well ahead of Florida, club-varsity program
Lehigh and cross-town rival John Carroll.
While the result was the same as last year -- not advancing past the reps -- the team is demonstrably faster than last year.
And with a boat full of sophomores and freshman it bodes well for the next couple years in this event.
We also sponsored an alumni tent for the weekend generously catered with donuts and coffee. The tent, located at the 500m to-go point,
offered parents and alumni a great place to watch the racing. It was also nice when the rain came Friday afternoon for the MN4+ heats and
MV8+ reps. Thank you to all of the parents and alumni who came down to the Schuylkill to cheer the team on this year! We'll see you next year.
May 1, 2016: The regional championship MACRA regatta was held this year on Harsha Lake just outside of Cincinnati this year.
An ominous weather forecast did not materialize and wonderful summer weather greeted the team. With flat water and temps in the
low 80s provided perfect racing conditions, and the team held their own against tough competition. The regatta attracts large
clubs and small varsity teams from throughout the Midwest.
The men's varsity 8+ couldn't quite muster grand final speed in their heat and finished fourth. Vowing to improve a slow start
in the heats they stormed out of the blocks in the Petit Final and dragged raced Michigan State for 2,000m to win the second level
final ahead of MSU, Northwestern, Marquette and Miami.
MN4+: Haffey, Nutt, Warren, Saint Clair & Fulton with Coach Marcovy
The men's novice four of Wyatt St Clair, Sam Nutt, Will Warren and Dave Fulton with Oona Haffey steering took the team's only
medal from the regatta finishing third overall behind Michigan and Ohio State.
The crew reached the grand final by finishing 3rd in their heat behind Ohio State and Michigan's second boat. To medal in the final the crew knew
they'd have to improve on their performance to go ahead and beat Michigan B along with Michigan State and MSOE.
Women's Varsity 8+ at the 2016 MACRA Championships in Bethel, Ohio.
L-R: Tobin, Schnittman, Merlino, Sevier, Kennedy, Olson-Williams, Chu, Thomsen & Pearson
The team also brought JV eights for both men and women. Few of the teams had that much depth (a resounding endorsement of Case)
and the JV events were finals only. This was the first time in team history the crew fielded full JV eights throughout the
spring season for both men and women. Case was just a bit off the pace in the first go around finishing 4th out of 4 in the
women's race and 6th out of 6 in the men's race.
Race results for the MACRA Championships can be found HERE.
April 23, 2016: Nearly 45 alumni and parents descended upon Cleveland for the annual alumni regatta and dinner. The day's programming
included the Cleveland Collegiate Regatta (aka Homes School), an alumni mixed 8 race and an evening dinner on CWRU's campus.
The regatta venue changed to Aurora Lake in the Cleveland suburbs for both the Home Schools and alumni racing. The lake itself can host
2,000m 4-lane races without turns making it a better option for side-by-side racing than the Cuyahoga. The Home Schools event pitted
CWRU, Cleveland State and
John Carroll in the 14th running of the Cleveland Cup, but the first time on Aurora Lake.
During the intermission between varsity and novice races, the alumni had a chance to race. The format changes a bit every year based
on who shows up and what type of racing the alumni want to do. Since the varsity men were done with their racing for the day the idea
was to split up the men's varsity 8 and mix them into the alumni crews. This gave the alumni a chance to row with the undergrads as
opposed to against them this year. The MV8 also provided some "training wheels" to the crews and ended up being pretty fun for the participants.
Some flawless side-by-side alumni/student mixed 8+ racing!
Tim Marcovy aligned the crews in the middle of the lake for a side-by-side 2.5 minute piece that ended in a draw. Team founder Tom Hudak
stroked one of the crews and set off at a 38 to give you a sense of the seriousness of the affair. The event was partially hosted by the
lake association, which provided a nice pontoon boat for spectators to follow the races. You can see video of the alumni/student mixed eights
At the conclusion of the regatta Tom Hudak had a surprise in store for his wife Heather. The women's varsity 8+ has been racing
in the Heather Hawkins Hudak unbeknownst to her. The alumni regatta was her first chance at seeing the shell, and she
had the honor of sprinkling Champaign over the bow! You can see photos of the dedication
The shell is a 2007 Pocock Hypercarbon lightweight hull purchased from Ithaca College last autumn. The shell won a couple NCAA
championships and the women's team absolutely love it!
Tom Hudak dedicating the latest addition to the Spartan Navy in honor of his wife.
In the evening, we celebrated 25 years of Case Crew in style in the new Tinkham Veale Student Center right in the heart of campus.
Between alumni, parents and current students we had nearly 90 guests including representatives from the athletic department.
SARA VP Dan Bachmann (left) with the winner Masato Miyagi and last year's winners Steph Merlino & Abby Sevier.
The students provided a nice introduction to the agenda and followed up current rowers Anna Thomsen and David Fulton providing a
testimonial of what rowing on the team means to them. Next up was Aaron Marcovy, the head coach, providing an update to the team's
progress over the previous year. Doug Rathburn's presentation included an overview of SARA accomplishments, handing out the
Spartan of the Year award to Masato Miyagi, and announcing a couple major gifts. You can view his presentation
Masato's award was prefaced by an outstanding Oscar-like intro from last year's winners Abby Sevier and Steph Merlino.
The major unveiling during the dinner was the history book project led by Tim Marcovy and Meg Grady Attenweiler. The 200-page book was
shown to the public for the first time and Tim said a few words about the project. The book features passages from each head coach of
the program supported by anecdotes and photos provided by alumni from each of those eras.
The other major unveiling, coupled with significant financial support from alumni, was the re-naming of the SARA coaching endowment in honor of Tim.
Tim has been a stalwart of Case Crew for its full 25 years. Even if he wasn't actively in a coaching launch he was always supporting the team somehow.
The main coaching endowment for the team is now the "Timothy A. Marcovy LAW'77 Rowing Coach Endowment".
The raffle underway at the 2016 Case Crew Alumni Dinner. It was a fun evening!
To wrap up the evening Doug announced another major gift from crew alumnus Paul Buchheit. Mike and Trish Krofcheck also ran a hugely successful
raffle of crew merchandise to support the team that raised a ton of money. The overall support of the team this year has blown every
previous year's results out of the water.
Thank you to everyone that made the day's events special and for everyone's overwhelming generosity to the team. Go Spartans!
Race results for the Alumni Regatta can be found HERE.
Case Crew Dominates Homes Schools for 5th Year in a Row!
April 23, 2016: Aurora Lake in the Cleveland suburbs played host to the 14th running of the Cleveland Collegiate Regatta.
Case won the Cleveland Cup sponsored by the Cleveland Rowing Foundation for the fifth year in a row losing only one of the eight
events contested -- overall 8 times in the history of the event.
Men's Varsity 8+ at the 2016 Cleveland Collegiate Regatta in Aurora, Ohio.
Miyagi (c), Smith (s), Fakult, Hausladen, Cronin, Hoye, Norchi, Mann & Ryu (b)
The annual challenge sees cross town rivals from CWRU, Cleveland State
and John Carroll race for Cleveland bragging rights. The weather for the regatta was a
bit chilly with temps in the 40s, but racing was fair and conditions relatively calm along the course. This was the first year the event was moved
from the Cuyahoga River location. Parents showed up in force and provided food and refreshments to the team. The alumni regatta and racing were
also held in conjunction with Home Schools with an alumni/student mixed 8+ event held during intermission.
The lake is managed by the Aurora Lake Association and we have been developing a relationship with the lake association after holding an event there
last spring too. The lake affords 4-lane 2,000m straight line racing. The lake association provided on-site support that also included the use of a pontoon boat for spectators.
The University of Toledo and
University at Buffalo Men were also invited to participate
necessitating the better course. Buffalo backed out the day before due to a last minute administrative issue.
In terms of racing, Case dominated the event. The team won everything on the women's side by open water and the men's team only lost the
Men's JV/Novice 8+ to Cleveland State. The race actually pitted CSU's varsity squad against Case's undersized frosh squad in what was the
closest race of the day. The men's varsity 8 beat John Carroll by over a minute and the men's fours took the top two places in both the
varsity and novice races.
The event was a good test of a larger event on Aurora Lake utilizing SARA's new dock. The successful event also helped cement the relationship
with the lake association in the hope it becomes the more official home race course of Case Crew. We hope to see you at an event on Aurora Lake
in the future!
Captain Liam Hoye accepting the Cleveland Cup.
Race results for the Home Schools can be found HERE.
April 9-10, 2016: Blustery winter conditions met Case Crew at their first-ever appearance at the
21st Annual Don Lubbers Cup in Spring Lake, Michigan. The Lubbers Cup is a two-day round robin set of
races hosted by Grand Valley State University. The main players are the large, dominate club
programs in Michigan and they invite a few other clubs to fill out the program. Based on Case's
impressive performance last year at MACRAs and Vails, the team was extended an invite.
Lindstrom, Warren, Nutt & Saint Clair with cox Kabins and the Scott Cup for MN4+
The weather was not favorable to rowing this weekend. Temperatures were in the 30's for all races and the wind was severe.
Races during Saturday morning program were shortened to ~1300m after the varsity races. Then there was a long break,
almost 6 hours, before the winds died down enough to hold eights races. Sunday morning saw the wind shift direction
to a brutal 18-20mph cross headwind that proved difficult for rowers and coxswains. Sunday morning it also snowed
sporadically making for fun viewing in near white out conditions for the varsity eights.
The team's best result came from the men's novice four that only got to race on Saturday morning over the shortened 1300m course.
The event results for each boat class were determined by margin of victory. So if a crew won your race they received 0 points
and those trailing were awarded a point for each second they were behind. Therefore, the winner was the crew with the lowest
total of points across all of their races. The men's four handled the deteriorating conditions extremely well and beat the
University of Illinois by 34 seconds and
University of Cincinnati by over a minute. The other two flights of the men's
four on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning were cancelled so these margins of victory stood and the crew brought home
the Coach Jim and Chris Scott Cup!
The women's varsity 8+ had a strong showing winning their Saturday morning race against DePaul
and Illinois in convincing fashion of a shortened course. In their second flight Saturday afternoon they were paired up with Grand Valley
and Purdue who were ranked as the 1st and 3rd best 8's in the country going into racing.
The crew didn't quite have the juice to hang onto these crews, but they did hang on! On Sunday morning it was a similar story with the
women's V8 racing against varsity programs Drake and
Robert Morris. Case led RMU into the 1000m mark, but just could not
hang on to the speed with the incredible headwinds to finish third.
Team photo at the 21st annual Don Lubbers Cup in Spring Lake, Michigan.
The men's varsity 8's came on the wrong side of a couple close races. In the first flight of the weekend they were 3 seconds
off Illinois and one second off DePaul. They had a second shot at Illinois in the second race and came up a couple inches short.
You can see the finish line photo HERE.
The MV8 saved their best race for last finishing only 5 seconds off Notre Dame
and well ahead of Michigan State.
The JV eights for both men and women were a bit mixed. In each race on the men's and women's sides the JV squads finished off the pace.
The depth of the other programs was just a bit too strong, and our second boats didn't handle the rough conditions as well as the top eights.
As the coaches finalize the line ups going into the MACRA and Dad Vail championships having some race experience in tough conditions
will help those trying to grab a seat in the top eights.
Race results for the Lubbers Cup can be found HERE.
April 2, 2016: The Spartan Navy took to the waters of Eagle Creek in Indianapolis this past weekend against UAA
rivals from Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Chicago
for the 9th running of the URA Championships. Strong winds churned the waters
of the lake, but the Case rowers persevered to win almost every race they entered. The team took home the men's
and women's team point cups -- a first for both in team history!
The women's team led the way winning every event they entered. The varsity 8 took the top 8 from Chicago in just over 20 seconds.
The women's varsity 4 also took Chicago by over a minute, which bodes well for the team since UC was faster than Case last spring.
The women's novice 8 also looked strong and confident in the rough water to beat a struggling UC crew by 3 minutes, which also
won the team the Barry Cup. More info on the regatta trophies can be found here.
The JV and novice fours were also on form taking wins by significant margins of UC and WashU crews.
The men's team took home gold in both the novice 8 and novice 4 events. The novice 8 won by over two minutes against a
UC crew that struggled in the rough water. The novice 4 looked convincing with a couple length win over both UC and WashU, which
also won the team the Kesten Cup. Coach Marcovy threw together a new line-up in order to place an entry into the JV 4+ event,
but the crew had a rough go of it in the conditions to finish at the back of the pack.
The most interesting event of the day was the first event. Inexperience on top of inexperience between the aligner, coxswains
and chase launches pointed the race away from the finish line. It wasn't until about the 1500m mark that everyone realized
that progress was in the wrong direction. WashU made the correction first with UC pushing Case further away from the finish tower.
Case and Chicago were clearly the class of the field but ended up finishing in 2nd and 3rd, respectively, due to their late
Conditions prevented the men's pair and varsity four from racing.
Sam Nutt, Will Warren, Wyatt Saint Clair, David Fulton with cox Oona Haffey and the Kesten Cup for Men's Novice Fours
Look back at past results of URAs and you will never see such a dominating performance. Historically Case has not managed to
hang onto the sterns of Chicago and WashU. However, this year's speed bodes well for the rest of the spring. Go Spartans!
Race results for the URA Championships can be found HERE.
March 6-10, 2016: Case Crew headed south to Gainesville, Georgia and Lake Lanier for spring break training.
Coaches Aaron Marcovy and Rachel Stanley shepherded the 44 rowers and coxes that attended the trip.
Much of the week focused on technical drills, long steady state pieces, and a few faster AT pieces as they progressed later in the week.
The team was able to get in some preseason racing in with the men scrimmaging
Marietta on Wednesday and the women went up
against High Point University on Friday morning.
The men have faced Marietta a couple times this year and have come up short each time. However, during this trip the gap closed
slightly showing an improvement in speed. The varsity eight were just off the pace of the Pioneer varsity. Also, our
JV 8 similarly were off the pace of their JV squad.
The women fared better in their outing against High Point. The Case Varsity pulled 7:19 for 2km vs. 7:48 from High Point.
The High Point second boat took our second boat after our ladies struggled after taking wake from a launch.
Rower Sean Mann put together this excellent highlight video from the week:
February 26-27, 2016:Case Crew completed its annual 24-hour
Erg-a-thon on campus pulling just over 848km as a team. The team started rowing on Friday afternoon and a flywheel kept spinning
until the following day. The event is an annual fundraiser where parents and friends chip and the students also run a bake sale
The total of 848,008 meters rowed over the 24hr period blew away our goal of 'rowing to Dad Vails' (which was only 682,362m).
Chris Ryu erged a full marathon, while Joyce Chu and Andy Swyers both rowed half marathons. Liam Hoye racked up the most
meters over the ergathon with 66,666m total. In general, rowers signed up for hour-long shifts over the 24 hrs to make sure that
someone was on the erg at all times.
30 different people (non-rowers) competed in 500m sprints to win gift cards. About $60 was raised from the 'donate a dollar to make a
rower sprint for 100m' campaign. Unsurprisingly, Daniel Marcovy (at the insistence of his father) was a major donor in this particular
stunt, as the Marcovy family seems to enjoy watching Case Crew suffer on the erg.
Most rowers sent out letters to friends and family asking for donations, but since money is still being sent in and collected,
we don't have an overarching figure on this front as of yet. The goal was for each rower to fundraise $150 for the event.
February 21, 2016:Case Crew set the bar high for Cleveland colleges
during the 27th edition of the Hammer Ergatta. This year's results build upon a strong program instituted by head coach Aaron Marcovy
and saw the team bring home the Hammer Cup for the 2nd straight year.
The Hammer Cup has been contested between Case and John Carroll
since 1995 with Cleveland State joining the action in 2008.
Case leads the series with twelve wins to JCU's 8 and CSU's 2 wins.
This year's event was held in the Student Recreation Center on Cleveland State's campus. The well organized event saw Case take home Hammers (yes,
actual hammers) in almost every event they entered. The women's team had 7 athletes break 8 minutes with Abby Sevier breaking 7:20! In fact,
the Open Women took 5 of the top 6 slots, the Novice Women took three of the top four and the novice lightweights took all three top slots.
The second fastest woman was Joyce Chu in the novice event pulling a 7:37.1 who just learned to row on the erg a couple months ago!
Domination by Hannah Olson-Williams (2nd), Steph Merlino (3rd) & Abby Sevier (1st) with the coaching staff looking on. photos •
The men's team also showed speed and depth. The men had ten athletes break seven minutes with junior Liam Hoye leading the way with
a 6:21.5 to win the Open Men's category. The Case men took all top 5 slots in the Open category. The novice men's category
has Case taking all three top slots with Freshman Ryan Norchi taking the golden hammer in 6:44.0. The lightweight team shows some promise
with the novices taking all 6 top spots with Wyatt SaintClair winning in 7:05.4. Take a look at
20 years of Hammer results to see just how fast and deep this
The last event of the day was the Sledgehammer 6x500m mixed relay. The official results show Case in 2nd, 4th and 9th, but the winning squad was all
men while every other team was mixed. The top two teams were varsity Case squads and the third team were novices. The fastest Case relay team
completed the 3km in 9:41.7 to take home the silver sledgehammer.
Jim Ridge of WRRA and Share the River created this wonderful video from the event to highlight the variety
and intensity of the racing. Zach Lewis of the Plain Dealer also raced and did a write up about his experience here on
here in PDF
Race results for the Hammer Ergatta can be found HERE.
Please consider our virtual team for this year's Concept 2 Virtual Team Challenge (VTC).
We've had teams entered since 2010, and it's a good way to stay in shape in the winter and also try and beat our rivals from the University of Chicago.
Also as in past years we will have gifts for rowers that post meters at the 50km, 100km and 200km levels. The 200km level, in particular, is a custom
embroidered Case Crew hat that is truly worth the effort!
To join the team follow the instructions on this page. Our team name is
"Case Crew - Spartan Alumni". If you've competed in the past you must go into your logbook and "opt in" to the challenge.
Status as of February 2 at 10am
Case Crew - Spartan Alumni - 8,383,625 meters
University of Chicago Crew - 6,488,814 meters
Purdue University Crew - 5,526,667 meters
U Chicago Alumni Crew - 3,302,144 meters
Grand Valley Rowing Alumni - 1,094,699 meters
Notre Dames / Olden Domers - 699,955 meters
Fat Cats-Princeton Alums - 230,607 meters
Varsity 8's Place in Top 5 at the Head of the Hooch
November 7-8, 2015:Case Crew men's and women's varsity eights
headed to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the last great head race in the fall - The Head of the Hooch. The early November event draws
thousands of competitors from across the South and Midwest to the beautiful 5,000m downstream course on the Tennessee River. Case sent their two
top eights to race on Saturday with the women taking fourth out of 30 crews and the men places fifth out of 28 crews.
The coaches seat raced the squads during the weeks after the Charles to identify the fastest potential line up. This included allowing the frosh/novice
squad to participate in the mix. The final line ups included two rower each from the frosh/novice squad. The women's 8+ line up of Emily Schnittmann (s),
Steph Merlino (7), Abby Sevier (6), Colleen Kennedy (5), Hannah Olson-Williams (4), Jen Roberts (3), Anna Thomsen (2), Maya Monroe (b) and Masato Miyagi (cox)
were first up in the morning. The crew finished in fourth with only four crews finishing with a sub-18 minute time. Taking the top three spots were
community rowing from Boston, Clemson University and the Chicago Rowing Foundation. Trailing the Spartans were a full list of UAA and Division I colleges.
Rain fell most of the day Saturday, but it didn't slow down the crews. The men's line up of Matt Holdren (s), Phil Smith (7), Liam Hoye (6), Kevin Cronin (5),
Sean Mann (4), Ryan Norchi (3), Chris Ryu (2), Luke Fakult (b) and Liana Kabins (cox) took 5th overall. The crew were only 18 seconds off the winners
from UNC Chapel Hill. Adrenaline was at play with the team reporting sub-1:25 splits off the start. The pace tapered a bit as the boys settled down
to beat another long list of UAA and DI schools in Chattanooga for the race.
The race marked the end of the Case rowing careers of a number of team stalwarts. With spring racing not allowing grad students, the phenomenal performances
at the Hooch capped marvelous careers for Abby Sevier, Steph Merlino and Matt Holdren.
Racing in the big boats was complete before lunch on the first day and the team drove back to Cleveland. Chris Ryu '16 hung back in order to race on Sunday
in the Champ Single. The temperatures from Saturday dropped from the mid 60's to the mid 50's on Sunday. The wind also picked up to give the course
a strong cross tail wind, which made progress to the start a bit dicey. Chris finished in 13th place with a time of 19:53.8 in a field of 17 scullers.
Alumni were also in action at the race with SARA racing a men's master quad on Saturday morning. The line-up of Doug Rathburn (s), Aaron Marcovy (3),
Tim Marcovy (2) and Doug Brubaker (b) dusted off the SARA racing shirts (cotton in a rain storm = not a great idea) to finish in 11th out of 14 crews.
Most importantly they beat the alumni entry from WashU. Doug also raced in the master single event on Sunday placing 10th out of 16 scullers.
Race results for the Head of the Hooch can be found HERE.
Women's Varsity 4+ Finish Strong in Boston; Qualify for Next Year!
October 17, 2015: The Case Crew women's varsity four
headed to Boston for the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta. The world's largest regatta
hosted over 10,000 athletes over two days on the Charles River. The women's four of Steph Merlino, Abby Sevier, Colleen Kennedy
and Hannah Olson-Williams with Masato Miyagi coxing finished in 31st place out of 63 finishers. The position re-qualified the
boat for next year's regatta. This performance was the first ever re-qualification for a Case team boats in team history!
Charles Qualifiers: Merlino, Sevier, Kennedy, Olson-Williams and Miyagi with Coach Rachel Stanley
The crew were not lucky with the bow draw. They drew number 64, or last in the line of Women's Club Fours. In order
to qualify they would have to battle through the best clubs and colleges in the country. There are conflicting reports
on how many crews our ladies actually passed, but they were many. The men's club 8+ event started right after them after
a short pause, and no men's crews were able to catch our crew!
Cold and blustery conditions proved difficult for many crews. White caps were reported in the Charles River Basin where the
race starts. Stiff head winds battered against the crews for most of the course leading to unusually slow times across the board.
Temperatures were on the edge of comfort hovering in the 40's for most of the day.
By finishing in the top half of the field, Case is guaranteed an entry in the event for the 2016 regatta. On their way
to the top tier finish, we beat a number of marquee crews including Princeton (!), Bryn Mawr, Penn State, Rutgers, Vanderbilt
and RPI to name a few. Great job ladies!
Race results for the Head of the Charles can be found HERE.
Strong Showing at the Head of the Grand in Lansing, MI
October 11, 2015:Case Crew traveled to Lansing, Michigan for the third year in a row to
test their mettle against the strong programs based in Michigan. The race, hosted by Michigan State,
is an informal head race on the Grand River covering 3,300m. The Sunday event hosted only collegiate crews and both the men's and women's
team placed 4th overall in points behind the likes of Grand Valley,
Michigan State, Notre Dame (men)
and Eastern Michigan (women).
Novice women heading to the water.
The performance versus last year shows the progress the team has made. In the women's varsity 4+ event CWRU's "A" entry was 2:08.5 off of the
gold medal time (GMT) in 2014, while in 2015 they were off 0:57 off the pace with the JV 4+ 1:22.0 off of the GMT. In the 2014 MV8+ CWRU was off
the mark by 1:12.8, and in 2015 were 0:46.0 behind and the JV 8+ were 1:47.0 off the winners.
In 2015 the team fielded double the number of crews as well!
In the women's varsity 8+, Case finished behind both Michigan State entries and Eastern Michigan's "A" entry -- both varsity status programs. They
also were beaten by Grand Valley's "A" entry by 25 seconds to finish in 5th out of nine entries. In the women's novice 8+ it was all Eastern Michigan
and Grand Valley boats with Case tying with two GVSU entries for third place out of 8 crews.
As mentioned above the Men's Varsity 8+ improved greatly over last year's row. They took 4th overall behind Grand Valley and two Notre Dame
crews. However, of note is the team beat both entries from Michigan State, which we believe this is the first time ever for our program!
The men's novice 8+ finished in the middle of the pack against a number of larger program entries. The men's varsity 4+ had a good race finishing
4th in the pack of large schools and far ahead of the smaller schools entered.
Grad student Doug Brubaker brought his single along and raced an exhibition against eight pairs to finish 7th!
We cannot stress the progress the team is making. In the overall team point category, both squads finished fourth behind
the larger schools with Case finishing with double digit points finishing in the mix within all races. Take a look at the results
for yourself below...
Medals for Varsity Women and Novice Men in Rochester
October 3, 2015:Case Crew passed on the Head of the Ohio for the first time
since 1993 seeking tough Division III competition in Rochester, New York at the Head of the Genesee. The competition on offer, regatta organization
and recent weather in Pittsburgh prompted the move to Rochester. The two-day Head of the Genesee plays host to most of the upstate
New York teams - both club and varsity sponsored programs -- and the Saturday events are college only. The Case women's four of Steph Merlino (s), Abby Sevier (3), Colleen Kennedy (2), Hannah Olson-Williams (b) and Masato Miyagi (c)
walked away with the Margaret Bodenstedt Cup for open fours. The Novice squad also posted solid results finishing with silver in the men's eight and
fourth in the women's eight. The men's varsity eight finished in the middle of the pack behind mostly varsity programs and just off the heels
of UAA rival Rochester -- closer than a Case men's 8 has ever been to Rochester.
Merlino, Sevier, Miyagi, Kennedy and Olson-Williams with the Margaret Bodenstedt Cup for Open Fours
As the east coast was being battered by a tropical storm, wind and rain forced the postponement of the event. The organizers eventually re-grouped and
instead of holding the 4,000m event on the Genesee River moved it over to the Erie Canal. The dead straight, two-boat wide Erie Canal served Case
well for racing and putting down fast times.
Case entered two women's fours into the open event. And as noted before took home the Cup while the JV squad took 10th overall out of 14 crews.
Overall there were nine varsity crews in the event with our JV crew beating three. The regatta typically plays host to a handful of Division I schools
that were not in attendance this year. Take a look at the names of the previous cup winners in the
gallery: Cornell, Syracuse, Brock, McGill, etc. During
the awards ceremony the announcer was pleasantly surprised to be handing the cup to regatta newcomer CWRU!
The men's novice squad fielded two crews and the coaching staff split experienced rowers with true novices. The crews finished second and seventh
out of nine crews claiming the second medal for Case. The boys are eager to see how they hold up against the Michigan teams at the Head of the Grand
All smiles from the men's novice 8+ with their Head of the Genesee silver medals!
The women's novice squad finished 30 seconds out of the medals in fourth out of 11 crews. DIII Varsity powerhouses Ithaca and Rochester took the
top two spots with club team SUNY Geneseo claim the bronze. Behind the Spartans were four other varsity squads from RIT A & B, William Smith
and Rochester B.
Case Crew Alumnus Honored by Case Alumni Association
Case Crew alumnus Ram Fish '95, MS '95 has been honored with the Meritorious Service Award
by the Case Alumni Association (CAA). All of the 2015 alumni award winners will be honored on campus during homecoming weekend
The CAA citation reads:
After completing both his bachelor's and master's degree in computer engineering at the Case School of Engineering, Fish received an MBA from
Yale University's School of Management in 2001. With more than 20 years experience in developing products, Fish has become a true leader
in his field. Previously, Fish worked for Apple and Nokia and founded two successful startups, BlueLibris and Fonav.
In his role at Samsung Electronics, Fish was responsible for driving new initiatives focused on disruptive technologies and platforms
for the health and wellness market, including wearable technology.
Ram is still an active rower when time permits at the Bair Island Aquatic Center in Silicon Valley.
He has extended an open invitation to alums wishing to row if ever in town. He went out for a practice with the varsity men and you can
see the photos here.
Students Claim Cuyahoga Medals in Every Event; Alumni Not-so-much
Alumni Men's 8+ at the 2015 Head of the Cuyahoga L-R: McCormick, Juengling, Pfahl, Krofcheck, Uber, Bachmann, Brubaker, Rathburn and Monroe (cox)
The Spartan Alumni Rowing Association was in force and entered the Masters Men's 8+ and 4+ events. The alums put on a brave performance,
but a lack of performance and age handicap saw both crews finish well down the pack. However, there were lots of smiles and delusions that
they would be faster next year. The eight was made up of a mix of alumni along with inactive & active rowers while the four of Uber, Rathburn,
Krofcheck and Bachmann did not go faster due to their all-alumni status.
On the women's side, a brewing rivalry is being formed between Case and Miami of Ohio. The teams met up last spring over 2000m on
Aurora Lake and Miami got the best of the Spartans in the big boats.
Miami came north for the HOTC and took the Open 8+ gold over Case who were 9 seconds off the pace. In the varsity 4+ Case lost out to last year's
event winners from Upper Arlington by 50 seconds for silver.
Most of the novice women's squad picked up an oar three weeks ago and did not quite have enough juice to keep up with the Cleveland State
squad filled with mostly novices from the spring. The novice women's 8+ took silver ahead of Westerville RC,
but were still over 1.5 minutes off the CSU pace. In the novice women's 4+ Case took third behind Cleveland State and
Greater Columbus Rowing Association.
The Men's squad faced off against Marietta College, a varsity program, in the V8 and V4. Case fielded one 8 and Marietta brought their varsity and JV crews.
Case drew bow number 1 and held off Marietta's V8 all the way to Collision Bend, but a wide course around the turn brought the crews level.
The SARA 8 was in position to watch the crews race to the old boathouse, but Marietta was just too strong and passed Case under Carter Road.
The final verdict had Case just under a minute off the winning pace and ahead of the Marietta JV 8+ by over a minute.
In the men's varsity 4+ a similar result was in the cards with the Case top four of Holdren, Cronin, Liam Hoye and Ryu taking silver in between the
varsity and JV crews from Marietta. Case's JV four finished in 7th place ahead of crews from Cleveland State,
Orchard Lake, Miami, Ohio and John Carroll.
Engine Room of the Case Men's Varsity 8+ L-R: Fakult, Hausladen, Cronin, Hoye, Ryu, Holdren and Kabins (cox)
The men's frosh/novice recruiting class was fill with rowers that had experience in high school. The experience showed in the novice 8's and fours.
Case fielded two novice 8's with the more experienced crew winning over John Carroll and the three-weeks-into-the-sport novices finishing behind JCU
in third. The lone novice 4+ entry also on their event ahead of crews from Cleveland State, Ohio University and a high school composite crew
A number of current CWRU grad students also entered a handful of small boat events with James Wehn taking gold in the Masters C 1x and Doug Brubaker
placing 2nd in the Open 1x. In the women's open pair former U. Chicago rower Aurelie Merlo and Christina Liu
formerly of Emory placed a respectable fourth in the event.
The duo try to squeeze in a few outings between medical and graduate school commitments and are extremely appreciative of the team and SARA equipment.
Current and former coaches also got into the act. Assistant Coach Bob Gannon and former head coach Patty Wolford raced the mixed double
for WRRA. Assistant Coach Tim Marcovy was also spotted in a couple WRRA shells throughout the day.
Rathburn '97 & Vroege '17
At the conclusion of racing alumni, students and parents gathered to celebrate the addition of three(!) eights to the
Spartan Navy. The shells were acquired by SARA from
Ithaca College and
Cornell University this summer and have been put into daily use by the crew
since classes started. SARA acquired a 2007 Pocock lightweight 8+ for the women's team and two matching
1999 heavyweight Resolute eights for the men's team.
SARA provided the funds and a number of alumni and parents stepped up to defray some of the costs. The women's eight was sponsored by team founder
Tom Hudak '92 and named after his wife. Tom wasn't in attendance so we did not officially christen this shell and will wait until he is in
town next spring. Seven of the seats in the women's eight were ultimately sponsored by parents and alumni.
The Resolute 8's were also both sponsored and both were christened at the event. The family of current rower Lucas Vroege '17 dedicated the
"Don McGrath" who was Lucas' grandfather. Doug Rathburn '97 provided the funded to name the second eight the "Alumni Victorius".
You can see photos of the christening here.
Thanks to everyone that came to the race, braved the weather and provided for a wonderful christening ceremony!