Meghan Musnicki Selected to Deliver 2015 Commencement Address!

Ithaca College was excited to announce publicly on Thursday, November 20 that Meghan Musnicki was chosen to deliver the 2015 Ithaca College Commencement Address, scheduled for May 17, 2015! Meghan graduated Ithaca College in 2005 with a degree in psychology, and while rowing for the Bombers, helped Ithaca win back-to-back NCAA D3 National Championships! She was inducted into the Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. Musnicki also rowed for the United States National Rowing Team in the 2012 London Olympic Games and helped the United States Women’s 8 win the Gold Medal! She has also won Four World Championship Titles in the Women’s 8 in 2010 (Karapiro), 2011 (Lake Bled), 2013 (Chungju) and in 2014 (Amsterdam)!

“Meghan offers our graduating seniors a shining example of the value of hard work, persistence and commitment to the success of a team,” said Tom Rochon, President of Ithaca College.

Following her graduation from Ithaca College, Musnicki continued her rowing training while also preparing for Nursing School. After not being immediately chosen to train full time with the National Team, she continued to attend Selection Camps and to train hard. The hard work and determination paid off when she was offered a spot in the United States Women’s 8 in 2010! She has since won four World Championship Events and a Gold Medal in the London Olympic Games. On top of those achievements she also helped the 2012 United States Women’s 8 row to a World Record!

Jonathan Cummings, Co-President of the 2015 Senior Class commented on the selection by saying, “Meghan exemplifies what it means to have true commitment to excellence, and we are proud to have her deliver the Commencement Address to our Senior Class.” Mia Obrien, Co-President of the 2015 Senior Class also commented saying, “Having met Meghan when she was inducted into the athletic hall of fame, I have seen first hand her willingness to share advice and support the IC Family. Not only is she a young alumna who can offer tangible, immediate advice to to seniors, but through her athletic career and being a second generation Ithaca College Student herself, she truly understands what it means to be a Bomber.”

Musnicki and her family have been a big part of Ithaca Crew. In 2005, Ithaca Crew dedicated the Bill Musnicki III ’75, in honor of her late father. Also, following her Olympic Gold Medal victory in London, Musnicki attended the open house and dedication of the brand new Ward Romer Boathouse and Robert B. Tallman Rowing Center, where she signed autographs and posed for pictures with rowers and their families with her Gold Medal.

Meghan is a huge inspiration for all Ithaca Crew athletes, both old and new. Her drive and dedication to reach the top level of rowing is something that should be appreciated and valued by all rowers. It shows that you do not need to be an athlete competing at a well known D1 program to earn a spot on the National Team. She has represented Ithaca College Crew extremely well, and all Ithaca College Crew athletes are extremely proud of everything that she has been able to accomplish. It is truly an honor to have her deliver the Commencement Address, and all Ithaca College Seniors, athlete or not, will value what she has to say.

Ithaca Crew Heads into Winter Training!

After a great Fall Season for Ithaca College Crew, both the Men’s and Women’s Team’s are headed indoors to participate in Winter Training before heading back out on the water in the Spring! The thought or even sound of the words “Winter Training” does not sit well with most athletes. The long erg workouts, runs in the frigid Ithaca temperatures and rigorous sessions in the weight room produce thoughts of painful winter training workouts in the past. Even though Winter Training may not be the most enjoyable aspect of rowing, it is absolutely necessary. Our competition is doing the same thing. Winter Training is all about fighting for every inch in order to surpass the competition in order to beat them on the water come Spring! Ithaca Crew has it’s goals set very high for this Spring Season, so it is going to be very important that athletes stay relentless and committed during workouts, with Medals and Betting Shirts in mind.

The Ithaca Men’s Team had a very successful Fall Season overall, which created some great momentum going into the Winter Season. Winning medals at every race with the exception of the Head of the Charles showed great competition and depth amongst all boats, both Varsity and Novice! The Spring Schedule is a tough one, racing teams early on such as Hobart, Michigan, Trinity and Cornell, however the Men’s Team is up for the challenge. They have their sights set on a State Championship and ECAC Medals, so competing with the top competition will be necessary to achieve those goals!

The Women’s Team also has their goals set high for the Spring Season. With the Sculling Team only competing in the Fall, all of the Sculling Athletes will be competing on the Women’s Varsity Sweep Team in the Spring. This will add even more depth to the Women’s Team for the Spring! With a 10th place finish at the Head of the Charles, they know they are right in the thick of things. They have their eyes on a State Championship and Medals at ECAC’s as well, however the bigger picture is to make it to the NCAA Championships! After not qualifying for them last year, the fire and drive is bigger than ever, and they have the passion to work harder than ever to get there this year.

Start to make plans to come and support Ithaca College Crew through their Spring campaign to championship glory! Thank you for supporting us through a very successful Fall, and we look forward to getting back out on the water after a rigorous Winter Training!

Ithaca Men’s Crew Finish Fall Season Out Strong at Frostbite/Braxton Regattas!

Regatta: Frostbite Regatta – Saturday, November 8, 2014
Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta – Sunday, November 9, 2014
Location: Mercer County Park, New Jersey
Participating Schools: Temple, Drexel, Delaware, NY Maritime, Loyola, Washington College, LaSalle & More.
Conditions: Both Days – Sunny with clear skies. Moderate temperatures, with highs in the mid to low 50’s. 5-10mph varying tailwind for both days of racing.

This past weekend, the weekend of November 8th, Ithaca Men’s Varsity Crew traveled to Mercer County Park in New Jersey to participate in their last two regattas of the 2014 Fall Season. On Saturday, November 8, they participated in the Frostbite Regatta and on Sunday November 9, they participated in the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta. Both days ran on the same racing format. Differing from a typical Fall Race, these regattas ran on a 2,000 meter sprint format, similar to the spring. In each boating category, there were flights, and only the WINNER of each flight would be awarded a medal. There were no silver or bronze medals, which made the stakes for each race much higher.

Ithaca had five boats participate in the Frostbite Regatta on Saturday. Entries consisted of one Varsity boat, two JV boats and two Frosh/Novice boats. The Freshman 8’s took to the water first. There were three flights of freshman boats scheduled for the day. The Ithaca “A” entry was set to compete in the first flight and the Ithaca “B” entry was set to compete in the third flight. The “A” entry raced to a third place finish in their flight with a time of 6:38.34. They beat crews from Delaware, Loyola and Maryland and they were only bested by Lasalle and Drexel. In the third flight, the Ithaca “B” entry raced to a fourth place finish with a time of 7:29.47, beating crews from Lafayette and Binghamton! The two JV entries competed in the Men’s Collegiate JV 8 flights. The Ithaca “A” entry earned fourth in the first flight with a time of 6:36.13, besting crews from Washington College and Lasalle. The Ithaca “B” entry raced to a third place finish with a time of 6:49.47. They had a very close race the entire way down the course with the crew from Temple, however were only bested by them by 2 seconds. The Varsity 8 finished out the day of racing, as they competed in the Men’s Collegiate Varsity 8 flight. They completed the course in a time of 6:22.46, which earned them a third place finish, besting Colgate by four seconds. Overall it was a competitive day of racing for Ithaca with some good results to show!

On Sunday at the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta, Ithaca entered eight boats! There were three Varsity 4 entries, two Frosh/Novice 8 entries, one JV entry, one lightweight 8 entry and one Varsity 8 entry! The Varsity 4’s took to the water first in the morning. There were three flights of Varsity 4 races, and Ithaca had one entry in each of the flights! The Ithaca “B” entry of Alex Martin, Devin Dyson, J.P. Kelly and Keith MacDonald took first in their flight with a time of 6:51.52! The Ithaca “A” entry of Joey Allegra, Kevin Davie, Charlie Enright and Jake Korinko raced to a third place finish in their flight with a time of 7:09.09! Last but not least the Ithaca “C” entry of Branden George, Milo Alexandra-Young, Scott Irish-Bronkie and Taylor LeBlanc raced to another third place finish in their flight with a time of 7:03.52. They were only .9 seconds off of Temple and 2 seconds off of Loyola!

The Men’s Varsity 8 was the next boat to race for Ithaca in the Men’s Collegiate Varsity 8 Flight. They raced to a gold medal in the second flight with a time of 6:10.62, beating out crews from NY Maritime, Penn State, Villanova and Loyola! The Men’s JV 8 raced next in the Men’s Collegiate JV 8 flight. They raced to a third place finish with a time of 6:36.87! The Men’s Frosh/Novice entries then took to the water to race in the Frosh/Novice 8 Flights. The Ithaca “B” entry finished third in their flight with a time of 7:55.12! In the next flight the Ithaca “A” entry raced to another gold medal with a time of 6:31.28 beating crews from NY Maritime, Marietta and Villanova! In the final race of the day for Ithaca, the Men’s Varsity Lightweight 8 entry raced in the Bill Braxton Memorial Cup. Even though it was only a two boat race, the Lightweight Boat raced in a very close race against the NY Maritime lightweight 8! In the final 500 meters, the lightweight boat executed a great sprint, winning the race by seven seats to take home the Bill Braxton Memorial Cup!

Overall it was a great way for Ithaca Men’s Crew to finish of their fall season! Taking home four gold medals from the weekend was a great accomplishment and it built some good momentum going into winter training. The countdown to Georgia begins. See everyone back out on the water in 16 weeks! Follow out Twitter and Instagram Pages for more updates throughout the year! @iccrew is the name you will want to search for!

Ithaca Sculling & Ithaca Crew compete in the Cornell Autumn Classic!

Regatta: Cornell Autumn Classic
Date: Saturday, November 1st, 2014
Location: Ithaca, New York (Cayuga Inlet)
Participating Crews: Women: Ithaca & Cornell Men: Ithaca, Cornell, Hobart, Syracuse & Mercyhurst
Conditions: Cold, with temperatures in the low 40’s to upper 30’s. Building headwind in each progressive 1,000m of the 3,000m race course. 6-12mph with varying gusts and chop. 300 meter super sprint was done in a straight tailwind.

This past Saturday, both the Ithaca Sweep and Sculling Teams headed down to the inlet to participate in the Cornell Autumn Classic. This was the second year Cornell ran this event, hosting crews from Ithaca, Hobart, Syracuse and Mercyhurst. The regatta itself was run as follows:
1. Two “flights” of racing. One in the morning and another in the afternoon.
2. Each flight consisted of a 3,000 meter head race, followed by a 300 meter super sprint.
3. Rankings were determined by multiplying the 300 meter super sprint time by three, and adding that time to the 3,000 meter head race time.
4. Frosh/Novice Crews did not participate in the 300 meter super sprint.
Racing against some of the top programs in the country, the racing proved to be fast and competitive.

The first Ithaca Boats to compete on the race course were from the Varsity Sculling Team. Members of the sculling team competed against Doubles and Pairs from Cornell. Ithaca entered four doubles and two singles into the event of 11 boats and Ithaca held their own against the entries from Cornell! The Women’s 2x “A” entry of Emily Morley and Jennie Peterson completed the 3,000 meter course in a time of 13:20.3 and completed the 300 meter super sprint in a time of 1:10.9. Their total time of 16:52.9 gave them a fourth place finish overall out of 11 entries. The Women’s 2x “B” entry of Catie Ely & Rachel Dowd completed the 3,000 meter course in a time of 14:06.2 and finished the 300 meter super sprint in a time of 1:15.2. They finished with a total time of 17:51.8 which gave them a seventh place finish out of 11 entries. The Women’s 2x “C” entry of Kellie Palladino & Rachel Brogle completed the head race in a time of 14:17.4 and completed the super sprint in 1:13.7. Their total time was 17:58.7 which was good enough for eighth overall. Last, but certainly not least for the doubles, the Women’s 2x “D” entry of Xan O’Neill & Tara Malone completed the 3,000 meter course in a time of 14:28.5 and completed the super sprint in a time of 1:13.7. Their total time of 18:09.6 gave them a 10th place finish. The two single entries also raced in the double and pair category! The Women’s 1x “A” entry of Delaney Pfohl, finished the 3,000 meter course with a time of 14:22.4 and finished her super sprint with a time of 1:13.9. Her overall time of 18:04.0 gave her a ninth place finish overall in the category. The Ithaca 1x “B” entry of Chloe Lewis completed her head race in a time of 16:16.8 and her super sprint in a time of 1:23.3 which gave her a total time of 20:26.8, placing her 11th.

Cornell and Ithaca Varsity and Novice boats combined together in the same race to form an eight boat race! However, unlike the other categories, entries in this race did not complete a 300 meter super sprint. Ithaca entered two Varsity 8’s and three Novice 8’s into this category. The Ithaca Women’s Varsity “B” entry completed the 3,000 meter course in a time of 12:12.1, which was good enough for third overall! They were only 5 seconds behind the Varsity “A” entry from Cornell and finished 39 seconds ahead of the Cornell Novice “B” entry. The Ithaca Women’s “A” entry completed the course in a time of 13:13.5 placing them sixth overall in the category. The Ithaca Women’s Novice “A” boat finished with a time of 12:52.1, which gave them a fifth place finish overall. They only finished 1.1 seconds behind the Novice “B” entry from Cornell! The Ithaca Women’s Novice “B” and “C” entries finished with times of 13:41.0 and 13:53.2 respectively giving them seventh and eighth place finishes.

The Men’s Varsity team started off their racing in the Men’s Varsity 4+ category. The Men’s Team had four entries in this category and went up against crews from Cornell, Syracuse and Mercyhurst. The Ithaca Men’s “A” entry completed the course in a time of 11:24.9 and finished the 300 meter super sprint in a time of 59.6. Their total time of 14:23.5 gave them a 12th place finish out of 18 crews. The “A” entry was 4 seconds faster than the Lightweight “B” entry from Cornell and only .3 second slower than the Mercyhurst Lightweight “A” entry in the 3,000 meter head race! The Men’s Varsity “C” entry completed the head race in a time of 11:49.7 and recorded a time of 1:00.6 for their 300 meter super sprint. Their total time of 14:51.5 gave them a 14th place finish. They were able to complete the course 27 seconds faster than the Mercyhurst Lightweight “C” entry and 31 seconds faster than the Mercyhurst Lightweight “D” entry! The Men’s Varsity “B” entry completed the 3,000 meter course in a time of 12:19.2 and finished the 300 meter super sprint with a time of 58.6. Their overall time of 15:15.2 gave them a 15th place finish. The Men’s Varsity “D” entry completed the course in a time of 12:38.6 and completed their 300 meter super sprint in a time of 1:02.2. Their overall time of 15:45.2 gave them a 17th place finish.

The Men’s Frosh/Novice Team entered two 8s into the Men’s Frosh/Novice 8 category as well! Boats in this category did not compete in a 300 meter super sprint. The Men’s Frosh “A” entry completed the course in a time of 10:45.0, which gave them a fourth place finish out of seven entries. They finished six seconds ahead of the Cornell Lightweight “A” entry and 80 seconds ahead of the Cornell Lightweight “B” entry. They were also only bested by the Hobart Freshman entry by 12 seconds. It was a really great race for them! The Men’s Frosh “B” entry completed the course in a time of 12:26.7, which gave them a 7th place finish.

The Women’s Varsity Team entered four entries into the Women’s Varsity 4 race as well! The Women’s Varsity “A” entry completed the 3,000 meter course in a time of 13:27.0 and finished the 300 meter super sprint in a time of 1:13.8. Their overall time of 17:08.5 gave them a third place finish out of six entries! Their 3,000 meter head race time was the second fastest in the category, besting the time posted by the Cornell Varsity “B” entry by four seconds! The Women’s Varsity “B” entry completed the course in a time of 13:55.9 and posted a time of 1:17.7 for their 300 meter super sprint time. Their overall time of 17:49.0 gave them a fourth place finish. The Women’s Varsity “C” entry completed the course in a time of 15:25.9 and recorded a time of 1:14.1 for their super sprint. They finished fifth overall with a total time of 19:08.3. Last but not least, the Ithaca Women’s entry completed the course in a time of 15:36.1 and recorded a time of 1:17.9 for their super sprint. They finished sixth with an overall time of 19:29.9.

Finally, the Men’s Team entered three 8s in the Men’s Varsity 8 category. They competed against crew from Cornell, Hobart, Syracuse and Mercyhurst. The Men’s Varsity “A” entry completed the course in a time of 10:29.8 and recorded a 300 meter sprint time of 54.5. Their overall time of 13:13.2 gave them a 13th place finish out of 16 entries. The Ithaca Men’s “B” entry completed the course with a time of 10:45.9 and posted a time of 54.4 for their super sprint. Their total time of 13:29.2 gave them a 14th place finish. The Ithaca Men’s “C” entry completed the course in a time of 10:57.6 a recorded a 300 meter super sprint time of 56.3. Their total time of 13:46.6 gave them a 15th place overall finish.

This race marked the end of the Fall Racing Season for the Varsity Sculling Team and the Women’s Varsity Sweep Team. Crews will not be back on the water until the Spring Training Trip in Georgia. The Men’s Varsity Team still has two more races this weekend. The Frostbite Regatta will take place this Saturday, November 8th and the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta will take place this Sunday, November 9th. Both races will be held at the Mercer Race Course near Princeton, New Jersey. If anyone is near the area, come and support the Men’s Varsity Crew Team as they compete in their final race of the Fall Season!

Itinerary for Frostbite and Braxton

ITHACA COLLEGE MENS CREW – RACE ITINERARY

Race;   Frostbite & Braxton Regattas    11/8-9/2014

Location;  Mercer County Park, NJ.

Participating schools:  Temple, Penn State, Delaware, Drexel, Marietta, others.

Departure Time – location  49 athletes and 2 coaches. Meet the bus at 7:30 am at the A & E Center, north side loading dock.  Plan 4.5 hours driving time.  Report to race course by 12:00 noon.

  • Directions to Race Course; MERCER COUNTY PARK, NJ Leave Ithaca College on route 79 east to I-81 south to I-380 in Scranton to I-80 east into New Jersey. Proceed to NJ-94south/us 46 east in Columbia.  Take the US-46east exit from I-80 east.  Get on I-95 north in Hopewell Township from us-46 east, route 31 south, and NJ-31 south.  Continue on I-95 north to Lawrence Township.  Take exit 67 from I-95.  Merge onto U.S. 1 north, turn right onto Grovers Mill Road, turn right onto Quakerbridge Road, turn left on Hughes Drive, turn right into the park.
  • Directions from race course to hotel : Howard Johnson Princeton-Lawrenceville, 2995 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648.  Phone 609-896-1100
  • Take the 1st right onto Hughes Dr
  • 7 mi
  • Turn right onto Quakerbridge Rd
  • 2 mi
  • Take the US-1 S ramp to Trenton
  • 3 mi
  • Keep left at the fork to continue toward U.S. 1 S
  • 1 mi
  • Take the ramp onto U.S. 1 S
  • Destination will be on the right

Race Schedule. Speak with your coach about arrival and launch times.   Everyone should be at the trailer at least 90 minutes before race time.

Saturday (Frostbite – 2000m)

FN8 ( Stew, Kearing)                           3:04, 3:18 pm.

2v8 (Feitner, Dietz)                               3:25, 3:32 pm.

VM8 (OZ)                                            3:46 pm.

Sunday (Braxton – 2000m)                 4’s (Crames, DelLago, Semmler)         8:00 am

VM8 (OZ)                                            9:45 am

JVM8 (Dietz)                                       9:55 am.

FN8 (Stew, Kearing,)                           10:20 am

Light8 (Feitner)                                    10:40 am.

All race times are subject to change.   

Race notes:           All races will include 3-6 crews using a stake-boat start.  Winners in every race go to the awards dock to receive a medal; no runner-up medals, no heats.  Lightweight oarsmen must weigh less than 165

Other Information: Don’t forget your racing uniform. Bring warm clothes, rain gear, and two changes of rowing gear. Changing facilities will be limited.    There will be some post-race snacks available at the race course as well as sandwiches after the Sunday races.   The hotel provides a simple continental breakfast for Sunday morning.

Spending $ will be very handy, particularly for Saturday dinner. Everyone will receive $10 to help with food costs. There are places to eat near the motel.

After racing:         After racing on Saturday we will secure equipment on the trailer for the evening and proceed to Saturday night accommodations.  Most of us will stay at motel listed above.  Bring sleeping bags if you have them.  Return on Sunday at least 90 minutes before your race time. After Sunday’s races we will load the trailer and depart for Ithaca as a group.  No one is excused until after all Ithaca crews have raced.  E.T.A. in Ithaca is 6:00 pm.  DRIVE SAFELY AND LOOK AFTER EACH OTHER.

BUS TIMELINE:                  – Pick up team at the A & E Center north side at 7:20 am, Sat. 11/8.

- Drive directly to the Mercer County race-course.

-                  – 5:15 pm, take group to hotel for overnight accommodations

A room has been reserved for the bus driver.

-                  – Sunday, 11/9.  7:00 am, leave for race (maybe earlier).

  • Load at about 12;00 noon for the ride home, ETA Ithaca College is 5:00pm.
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