News Archive from the Spring 2009 Season

Spring 2009 Regatta Recap

Below is the spring 2009 racing schedule for Case Crew with links to the results and photos for each event. For a write up about each event continue to scroll down.

Date: Event: Location: Results: Photos:
January 31 Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints Pittsburgh, PA results photos
February 22 Hammer Ergatta Cleveland, OH results photos
March 29 URA Championships Butler, PA results photos
April 4 Home Schools Regatta Cleveland, OH results photos
April 18 Alumni Regatta Cleveland, OH results photos
April 25 West Virginia Governor's Cup Charleston, WV results photos
May 8-9 Dad Vail Regatta Philadelphia, PA results photos


Rochester's Women Become Varsity with Help of Alumni

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July 1, 2009: The University of Rochester announced that their women's rowing team will become a varsity sport this coming fall. Rochester has always proven to be a very fast club winning 4 of the 6 women's URA Championships. The men's team will maintain club status.

An interesting point in the university press release is the credit the school gives to alumni. One of the main inspirations for creating SARA was the success of Friends of UR Crew. We have modeled much of our operations on theirs. From the press release:

?his longstanding dream of achieving varsity status for women? rowing would not have been possible without the dedicated Rochester alumni, friends, and parents constituting the Friends of UR Crew, said Dr. Edward Fox ?1, ?5 MD, President of the Friends of UR Crew.

Read the full press release here (html) or here (pdf).

Trailer Fundraising Update - We did it!!!

June 12, 2009: We've raised enough donations to buy the trailer from Lesley University! We'll post more details as they come in.

Thank you to everyone that made a pledge!

SARA and Case Crew always have ongoing expenses so you can donate any time. Another way to help is to shop on Amazon using our link.

Trailer Progress

We are buying a two year old Vespoli 36' Transporter trailer from Lesley University.
Photos of the trailer can be found here.

Details for the Alumni Victorious Campaign and a listing of previous donors.

Miranda Cullins invited to USRowing National Team Pre-Elite Camp

May 23, 2009: Case Crew rower and coach Miranda Cullins was invited to the USRowing Women's National Team Pre-Elite Camp. This past season she has been coaching the team while completing her graduate studies. Much of her spring training was done in SARA's new Hudson single, the sustain. She was selected as part of a group of 13 collegiate women from across the country that will train at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

From the press release:

The camp is focused on developing athletes who have the potential to contribute to future Under 23 and Senior National Teams. The goals of this camp are to introduce and develop sculling, improve technique focusing on small boats, gain fitness and increase strength-to-weight ratio, and acquire skills necessary to compete at the elite level. Athletes will train intensely with two to three practices per day, and they will have opportunities to race throughout the summer.

Click here for the full press release or (pdf).

Miranda Cullins


As part of her summer camp experience Miranda competed in both the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia and USRowing Club Nationals in Oak Ridge, TN. At both events she competed in both the intermediate double and intermediate quad. Four races and four medals including gold in the 2x in Philly!
Click here for results: Independence Day Regatta and Club Nationals (includes photos).

Case Women's 4+ Miss Semis by 2.3sec at Vails

May 8, 2009: Case Crew sends its top boats each year to the Dad Vail Regatta to match up against the fastest small programs in the country. Vails is the culmination of a long season for most teams and is recognized as the de facto national championship for teams like Case. This year saw Case entering two boats: a women's varsity four into the newly created DII & DIII event along with a men's pair. The men's pair suffered an illness and scratched so it was up to the line up of Meg Grady, Jessica Schneider, Margaret Wilkes, Katie Puttmann and Nina Ma (cox) to carry the Case banner into Philly.


The regatta organizers faced significant risk with the weather this year. The typical format for heats on Friday is 6-abreast, 2000m racing with the top few boats advancing to the semi-finals on Saturday morning. A long week of rain leading up to the race resulted in too much water flowing down the Schuylkill River Thursday night and practice was cancelled. Fearing more issues with rain, the organizers shortened the distance to 1500m and used a time trial format -- with the top 18 crews in Case's event advancing.

The Case women put in a strong effort and felt they had a fast row. When the results were posted they saw that they beat three other teams that were in their originally scheduled heat -- implying they would have advanced to Saturday racing. However, the 21st overall position in the time trial meant they would not advance to the Saturday semis. UAA rivals from U. Chicago garnered the final qualifying spot posting a time only 2.3 seconds faster.

Comments from coxswain Nina Ma '09 regarding the race:

The 4+ really came together and bonded in the last several weeks of practice. Right before we left for Vails, it was noted that we had come to trust each other and believe that each of us were really pushing and giving it our all. The race was incredible and over as soon as it started. (1500 m is really short when you want the experience to last forever. ) We rowed a great race. It was probably this boat's best row and we had a kind of power that we never had before. I could feel the shift in power when I called a ten. The rate went up two beats and it felt like someone had just put an engine in the stern of the boat. It flew and it felt amazing. We were disappointed that we didn't get a chance to race again, but we tried our best and none of us would've changed anything about the row. Even though two of us are graduating this spring, we're hoping this lineup will row together again at Head of the Cuyahoga and the Alumni Regatta next spring.

Race results can be found HERE.

2009 Dad Vail Regatta Photo Gallery

Three Times a Charm in Charleston for Case Crew

April 25, 2009: Three crews took home three medals from this year's West Virginia Governor's Cup in Charleston, WV. The team's performance on this hot and sunny day garnered them a seventh place overall finish out of 15 colleges. The medals came in the Women's Varsity 8+ Dash (bronze), Men's Frosh/Novice 4+ (silver) and the women's collegiate pair (bronze). While the sun was out and the usual festival atmosphere was present on shore, the wind proved a tough competitor that threw up white caps for most of the day.

On the alumni front, Chris Shoemaker and Doug Rathburn jumped in a pair and finished at the back of the pack. The pair were in second place to the 1000m mark, but their lack of fitness and time together (this was their first time ever in a pair together) left them struggling to hang on to the pack for the second 1000m. Later that morning, Doug jumped in his single and finished in second place in the 1000m Open 1x event.

WV Gov Cup 2009

In the women's varsity fours and eights Case had to qualify in order to compete in the grand final. In the eights heat they battled with cross town rival, Cleveland State, all the way down the course but ended up just behind to capture the third and final qualifying position. Finishing less than 2 seconds off Cleveland State was all of the motivation the women needed and put in strong performance in the finals to finish fourth overall and 10 seconds ahead of Cleveland State. The improvement in the eights was such that they were only 2.5 seconds off UAA rivals Carnegie-Mellon for third. Just a couple weeks prior Carnegie-Mellon beat Case at the URA Championships by 26 seconds. The crew then turned and headed up river for the traditional 500m dash. The team gained one spot to finish in third -- this time beating Carnegie-Mellon by 5 seconds.

In the Varsity 4+ heat Case finished ahead of Old Dominion and Wittenberg for a place in the final. The crew of Nina Ma (cox), Katie Puttmann (stroke), Margaret Wilkes (3), Jessica Schneider (2), Meg Grady (bow) struggled with the rough water and came back to the dock soaked to the bone after finishing fourth of six. The first three places went to Carnegie-Mellon, Miami and Cleveland State, but the women were able to beat the local team (and varsity program) from the University of Charleston.

The Case women took advantage of the SARA small boat fleet and entered the pair and double events. Katie Puttmann (stroke) and Margaret Wilkes (bow) hot seated from the fours into the pair and finished third against three entries from Carnegie-Mellon. In the 1000m open double event, Sarah Rubin (stroke) and Laura Boucher (bow) took on one team from Carnegie-Mellon and were hanging on the entire race and finished just 4 seconds off the pace.

The men's frosh/novice event was split into two flights and the entry from Case Crew finished a strong second to Carnegie-Mellon while beating crews from Old Dominion and Duquesne. The line up of Matt Moss (stroke), Nick Beese (3), Dan Seery (2), Adam De Guire (bow) and Matt Goldenberg (cox) are a young dedicated group of guys that will form the nucleus of the men's team for the seasons to come.

Full results from this year's race can be found HERE (html).

2009 West Virginia Governor's Cup Photo Gallery

Alumni Regatta Results; New Shells Added to Spartan Navy

April 18, 2009: Cleveland reserved the best weather of the spring for the 4th annual spring alumni regatta, and a number of alums showed up to enjoy the fine weather and racing. The students through together a great BBQ after racing. With full stomachs everyone joined to christen some new shells into the Spartan Navy. Before heading home the alumni present held the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for SARA to discuss results from 2008 and plans for the coming year. Then later that evening everyone adjourned to Great Lakes Brewery for some fine brew.

Alumni Regatta 2009

The alumni men weren't present for the coach's and coxswain's meeting, but they thought they heard that the starter's commands were only suggests. The single elimination, bracket-style racing saw the alumni men's 4+ knocked out in the first round even with a healthy couple seat lead off the start. They were then left to contend for third place. The men's pair of Chris Shoemaker and Tom Attenweiler won their two races against the fours to take home the trophy. Tom will be teaming up with freshman Adam De Guire from the 2nd place crew at this year's Dad Vail Regatta and will hopefully contend with the big boys.

Racing on the women's side of the bracket saw three fours contend for the trophy. Alumna Agata Toborek, currently in med school in Louisville, powered her 4+ to a win in the women's event. The winning men's and women's boats each received a trophy. Per tradition the trophy is meant to be passed between crew members througout the year. Passing the trophy serves as a reminder to everyone keeping in touch with boatmates is an important aspect of the sport -- and fosters involvement with SARA.

Alumni Regatta

After racing concluded, Tom Attenweiler fired up the grill and everyone feasted on some tasty hamburgers. Everyone then helped dedicate five new shells to the Spartan Navy: two eights owned by Case Crew and a pair/double and two singles donated to SARA. The students decided to name their two eights after their two recently departed head coaches -- Chris Sheridan and Tim Marcovy. Photos from the dedications can be found in the photo gallery.

The alumni regatta also serves as an opportunity for alumni to learn about SARA during the organization's Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM alumni hear about the last year's results and plans for the coming year. They also elect the board of directors. SARA assets currently stand at about $50,000, which is primarily made up of the four shells we own. Donations for 2008 exceeded $27,000! The next capital campaign priority is a trailer. If you'd like to know more check out the AGM Meeting Minutes.

Full results from this year's alumni regatta can be found HERE (html).

2009 Alumni Regatta Photo Gallery

Streak Ends for Case Crew at Home Schools Regatta

April 4, 2009: The three year winning streak for Case at the Home Schools Regatta ended this year against tough competition from Cleveland State and John Carroll. The pre-season regatta is hosted by Cleveland Rowing Foundation and consists of side-by-side racing along a 1500m bendy part of the Cuyahoga River. The racing schedule is determined every year by the number of boats each team can muster, and the winners of each dual race are awarded a point. Case ultimately took third place this year.

On a day more like winter than spring, racing proved difficult -- temperatures were in the 40's with a fine Cleveland breeze. Case did not win any of the races for points, but won both exhibition events. This year's dominating win for Cleveland State was their first-ever in seven years of the event. As a primarily commuter school their performance hopefully bodes well for the future of that program.

Full results from this year's race can be found HERE (html).

2009 Home Schools Photo Gallery

Rough Weather, Tough Competition at URAs

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March 29, 2009: Case Crew took a number of crews to Butler, PA to race their conference rivals at the 6th annual URAs. The men's pair, rowing the another new SARA shell, placed 5th out of 8 behind perennial Dad Vail finalists from Rochester, WashU and Carnegie-Mellon. The Men's JV four beat the CMU entry to place 5th while the fresh crop of novices in four finished off the pace. The women's team raced in the varsity 8+, Varsity 4+ and Varsity Pair events but finished last in each event. True to form, the early spring event brought with it cold and gusting weather that threatened to cancel the race on a few occasions.

The regatta was formulated as a dual race between Case and the University of Chicago, but it quickly blossomed into the de facto University Athletic Association crew championships. The regatta is organized and run by alumni and coaches. While each team from the UAA has attended the race in the past, the 2009 installment was the first time all eight teams showed up. The depth and size of the regatta continues to increase.

This year's overall winners were Rochester for the women and Emory for the men. The Case men finished 7th overall in the conference, and the women finished 8th. Full results from this year's race can be found HERE (html).

2009 URA Regatta Photo Album

Case Crew Hosting 24-Hour Erg-A-Thon on Campus

Case Crew will be hosting a 24-hour Erg-A-Thon on campus this weekend. The event is the team's primary spring fundraiser and helps cover a number of team operating expenses. The goal is to row 682,362 meters -- the distance between Cleveland and the Dad Vails course in Philadelphia -- over a 24-hour period. Rowing will commence at 7pm on Saturday Feb 28th and conclude at 7pm on Sunday March 1st in the Wade Multipurpose Room.

As many of you know, each team member is responsible for raising a certain amount of money each year as a requirement to maintain sports club status with the university. SARA has been trying to offset as many expenses as we can, but the students still raise significant funds themselves. If you would like to sponsor a rower or the event please contact Nicholas Beese.

Results: Over the 24-hour period the team was able to row 484,989 meters. Click here for a list of individual results.

2009 Erg-A-Thon Appeal Letter
2009 Erg-A-Thon Announcement Flier

Case Crew Throws the Hammer Down in Cleveland

February 22, 2009:  The annual Hammer Ergatta was held on John Carroll's campus this year. Case Crew standout Miranda Cullins also set the team's new best-ever time pulling a 7:00.0. Novice strong man, Nicholas Beese, pulled a time that would have won him the open men's event. Case Crew also won all but two of the events they entered.

Unfortunately, these stellar personal results did not translate into team success. Cleveland State won their first-ever Hammer Cup this year with Case Crew taking second. This year's loss puts the overall record even at seven wins apiece between Case and JCU with one win for Cleveland State. The archive of past Hammer Cup results can be found HERE (html).

Case walked away with 3 individual gold medals and one team gold. Here's a list of the best Case Crew finishers in each event:

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Open Women:1st of 12 Miranda Cullins 7:00.0 » Team Record
Open Men:4th of 6 Tom Attenweiler 7:01.7  
Open Nov Women:1st of 6 Nicholas Beese 6:46.1  
Open Nov Women:2nd of 8 Monica Ionescu 8:21.8  
Ltwt Nov Men:1st of 4 Adam Deguire 7:20.0  
Mixed Open Relay (6x500m):1st of 5 CWRU - A 10:06.3  

The race venue rotates between John Carroll and Case every year, and full results from this year's race can be found HERE (html). An article about the race from Cleveland State's student newspaper, The Cauldron, can be found HERE (pdf).

2009 Hammer Photo Gallery

Women and Alumni Tops in Pittsburgh

January 31, 2009: Miranda Cullins dominated the Open Women's event at this year's Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints taking the gold medal by 25 seconds over her nearest rival from Carnegie-Mellon. Miranda's win was her third in a row in this event and continues the winning streak by Case oarswomen since 2006. Katie Puttmann pulled a 7:45.5 to take the bronze medal in the Open Women's event.

On the men's side, Nicholas Beese pulled a 6:49.1 to take bronze in the Open Novice Men's event. His performance is a strong indicator of the potential for the men's team this spring. The men and women then combined forces in the Mixed 6-person Relay to take third place behind teams from Carnegie-Mellon and Pitt.

Not to be outdone by the Case Crew rowers, a couple alumni also decided to test themselves against the machine. Alumnus and Case Crew founder, Tom Hudak '92, pulled a 6:52.7 to take home gold for the second year in a row in the Master Men's event. Patty Wolford, rowing under the SARA banner, beat out two other rowers in the Lightweight Master Women's event to take home gold. Congratulations to everyone!


Race results can be found HERE (html).
2009 Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints Photo Gallery



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