Ithaca Crew Competes at The 50th Head of the Charles!

Regatta: Head of the Charles
Date: October 18th and 19th, 2014
Location: Boston, Massachusetts (Charles River)
Participating Schools: Many different teams from around the country! (44 entries in Men’s Event, 30 entries in Women’s Event & 42 entries in Alumni Event)

This past weekend, 18 current Men’s and Women’s Varsity Team members and 9 Ithaca Alumni traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to compete in one of the most prestigious regattas in the world, The Head of the Charles. Established in 1964, The Head of the Charles is the largest 2 day regatta in the world, attracting over 9,000 athletes from 36 different states and 32 different countries who compete in an estimated 1,900 boats in 61 different events. It is also estimated that more than 300,000 spectators come to the Charles River over the course of the two day regatta to watch! Needless to say, the atmosphere at this regatta is truly un-matched, and it is a unique experience for every athlete involved.

The racing for Ithaca began on Saturday, October 18th as the Women’s Alumni 8+ took to the water to compete against 41 other entries from around the United States. They had a strong race, finishing 17th out of 42 entries with a time of 18:17.40 beating entries from Williams, MIT, Wellesley, Marist, Boston College and more! Their top half finish means that they automatically qualify for next year, so look out for our Women Alumni at the Charles in 2015!

On Sunday, October 19th, the Ithaca Men’s and Women’s Varsity Boats headed out on the water to compete in the Men’s and Women’s Collegiate 8 events! The Men competed in a tough field, racing against crews such as Williams, Michigan, Hobart, Grand Valley State, Virginia and more! Starting behind Marist and ahead of Bates, they had two great crews to compete against the entire way down the course. They were able to row a strong race, and they finished 28th out of 44 entires with a time of 16:22.89. The Women had the same level of competition! They raced against crews from Bates, Trinity, Williams, William Smith and more! They looked strong throughout the entire race and were able to come in 10th place out of 30 entries with a time of 18:11.19! This was their 2nd top 10 finish at The Head of the Charles in the past 2 years! They beat crews from William Smith, Bates, Wesleyan and other Northeast Rivals! This was a strong showing for them!

Overall, Ithaca had two out of the three competing boats qualify for the regatta next year! Even though the Ithaca Men did not automatically qualify for next year, the still rowed a quality race against stiff competition! Ithaca Men’s and Women’s Crew travels to Saratoga, NY next weekend to compete at the Head of the Fish! With teams such as Marist, WPI, Boston College, RIT, and Williams competing, it will be a great day of competitive racing! If you are around the area, please come and support Ithaca College Crew!

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Head of the Charles Itinerary

ITHACA COLLEGE CREW – RACE ITINERARY

Race;  10/18-19/2014 – leaving Friday 10/17

Location; Head-of-the-Charles, Boston.

Participating schools:  too many to count

Participating athletes:  Men’s & Women’s varsity crew; travel party = 18 athletes + 2 coaches.

Departure Time – location  Meet vans on Friday at A & E Center at 9:00 am.  Drive directly to race course, rig shell and row on the course.  Rig and row; 3-6:00 pm.  Shells will be on the Cornell trailer.

Directions to Race Course; To FALS (finish area launch site) – Route 79 east to route 206 east to I-88 east to I-90 east (becomes Mass Turnpike) to exit 18 (Cambridge, on the left).   Follow signs to Cambridge. Stay straight through several traffic lights and turn left on Soldiers Field Road. Do not cross the river.  Proceed on Soldiers Field Road (fast-pace traffic) past the football stadium on left, bearing left at the following traffic light intersection, river on right, eventually FALS will be on the right.  It would be helpful to consult a parking map or course map to assist with directions.*

  • Friday, 10/17 rig and practice row 3-6pm.  Sunday racers practice first.  Saturday racers practice immediately after.
  • Saturday, 10/18. Women alumni race at 12:39.  Be at shell by 11am.  Ready to launch by 11:40 Sunday, 10/19.  Men collegiate 8 race at 2:37  Be at shell by 1pm.  Ready to launch by 1:40.  Women collegiate 8 race at 2:54pm.  Be at the shell by 1:15.  Ready to launch by 2pm.

Race notes  Race is 5K.  Huge crowds, 200,000+ spectators, be on time and plan for congestion.                

Other Information:  Don’t forget your uniform.  Bring sleeping bags, pillows, other bedding.  BE PREPARED FOR BAD WEATHER.  BRING A FULL WATER BOTTLE.  Plan extra time to get around.  There is limited parking near FALS so follow posted parking instructions.  Bring extra money for snacks and souvenirs (major crew shopping!!).

Daily outline;

Friday, leave Ithaca, travel to site, practice, travel to overnight accommodations.

Saturday, return to race course about 10am, some will race, others will go for a team run.  There will be time for souvenir shopping and event sight-seeing.  Men’s team has a dinner reservation at 4:15 pm with the Enright family.  Return to overnight accommodations at 6pm.

Sunday, return to race course about 12 noon.  Some will race, others will have off-time.  All athletes will help de-rig and load at 3:30pm.  Depart for home by 4:30pm.

ETA Ithaca College – 11:30 pm.

Ithaca Sculling Competes at Seven Sisters Sculling Head Regatta!

Regatta Name: Seven Sisters Sculling Head Regatta
Location: Hadley, Massachusetts (UMass Amherst Boathouse)
Participating Schools: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Tufts, Smith & Ithaca
Condition: Foggy in the morning, however cleared up throughout the day!

This past weekend, the Women’s Varsity Sculling Team travelled to the University of Massachusetts Boathouse in Hadley, Massachusetts to compete in the Seven Sisters Sculling Head Regatta! The race was an all day event, consisting of two 5k’s, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Unlike the Head of the Genesee, where the times from the morning and afternoon are combined for one total result, both 5k’s were considered separate.

When the athletes arrived at the race course, there was a dense fog hovering over the venue and race course. As a result of this, the racing was delayed by 15 minutes, to make sure the athletes had safe enough conditions to compete. The fog did eventually clear and the conditions turned out to be fantastic and favorable for racing!

In the morning, Ithaca had four entries in three events. In the quad event, Xan O’Neill, Kellie Palladino, Rachel Brogle and Tara Malone, coxed by Lynn Smith, raced to a second place finish, completing the course in a time of 19:50.7! They were only bested by the entry from Tufts. There were two, 2x entries as well. The entry of Jennie Peterson and Delaney Pfohl completed the course in a time of 19:15.8 which was the fastest time of the morning in that category! The second entry of Rachel Dowd and Katie Ely finished 6th out of 17 entries, finishing the course in a time of 20:05.7! In the 1x event, Emily Morley rowed to a 7th place finish out of 19 entries, completing the course in a time of 21:10!

After taking a break in-between races, athletes went back out in the afternoon to compete in yet another 5k! The afternoon quad of Emily Morley, Jennie Peterson, Katie Ely and Delaney Pfohl, also coxed by Lynn Smith, completed the course in a time of 18:31! In the afternoon 2x category, Kellie Palladino and Rachel Brogle placed 5th out of 13 entries, completing the course in 20:20.5! Competing as lightweights in a category with both heavyweight and lightweight entries, they should be extremely proud of that result! The second entry of Xan O’Neill and Tara Malone placed 11th out of 13 entries, completing the course in 21:08.4. In the 1x event, Rachel Dowd placed 5th out of 14 entries and completed the course in a time of 23:07.5!

Overall, it was a very strong showing for Ithaca Sculling! Taking into account both 5k races and warm-ups, all athletes rowed a total of 22k! Ithaca showed great diversity and competitiveness by rowing in different line-ups, boats and events in the morning and afternoon! It was a long day, however Ithaca showed up to compete and they represented their Bomber Pride well!

Boat Christening This Weekend!

This Saturday, October 11th, Ithaca College Crew will be christening one of our new shells, the Neal Brodsky, at 12:00pm! This weekend is also the 10 year anniversary of the class of 2004, which Neal Brodsky was also a part of! If you are in town, please come down to the boathouse to celebrate a fantastic rower and one of our new shells! If you can’t make it, please spread the word for those who could possible make it, the more people that attend, the better! Thank you, and hope to see you down at the boathouse on Saturday!

Great Weekend for Ithaca Crew at the Head of the Genesee!

Regatta: Head of the Genesee
Location: Rochester, New York
Date: Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Participating Schools: Hobart & William Smith, Williams, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Clarkson, University of Buffalo, Mercyhurst, Binghamton and more!
Conditions: Cloudy with on and off drizzling in the morning to sunny in the afternoon. Cooler with temperatures in the low to mid 60’s with a consistent tailwind throughout the day.

This past Saturday, athletes boarded the bus at 5:30am to head to Rochester in order to compete in the Head of the Genesee! With another week of training under their belts, athletes were excited to take to the race course to see how much their efforts had paid off since last weekends race. The Head of the Genesee is always a fun race to attend due to the fact that in addition to a 5,000 meter head race in the morning, crews get paired up with another crew similar to their speed based on the morning results, and they participate in a 1,500 meter sprint in the afternoon. Their afternoon sprint time is tripled and then added to their morning head race time, and the crew with the lowest combined total time wins.

With rumors during the week of the weather being less than ideal for racing, athletes arrived at the race course quite surprised to find that the wind was in fact a tailwind and the rain was being contained to a light on and off drizzle. After quickly unloading the trailer and rigging all the boats, the first crews took to the water to begin their day of racing.

The Men’s team entered 5 boats in 3 different categories: 2 boats in the Men’s Collegiate 8+ category, 2 boats in the Men’s open 4+ category and 1 boat in the Men’s Collegiate Novice 8+ category. In the Men’s Open 4+ category, the Ithaca ‘A’ entry posted the fastest head race time of 18:14.98 and the second fastest sprint time of 5:10.95 in the afternoon, only being bested by the University of Buffalo by a little more than a second. With their sprint time being tripled and added to their head race time, their combined time was good enough to give them the gold medal by 20 seconds! The Ithaca ‘B’ entry posted the 5th fastest head race time of 19:03.29 and the 5th fastest sprint time of 5:19.95 in the afternoon, winning their head to head sprint race by 8 seconds! Their overall combined time put them in 5th overall out of 8 boats respectively.

The success continued in the Men’s Collegiate 8+ category for the 2 Ithaca entries. The Ithaca ‘A’ entry posted the fastest head race time in the morning of 16:03.11 and the second fastest afternoon sprint time of 4:26.14, only being bested by Williams by less than a second. The Ithaca ‘B’ entry also held their own in the category of ‘A’ and ‘B’ boats combined, posting the 11th fastest head race time of 16:58.83 and the 10th fastest afternoon sprint time of 4:43.85. They were able to edge out opponent Mercyhurst by .09 seconds! Overall, the Ithaca ‘A’ entry won the category by 2 seconds over Williams, and the Ithaca ‘B’ entry finished 10th out of 23 boats in the category!

Ithaca also entered 2 boats in the Women’s Collegiate 8+ event! The Ithaca ‘A’ entry posted the 7th fastest head race time of 18:44.60 and the 6th fastest sprint time in the afternoon of 5:10.62. They were able to beat their opponent William Smith ‘B’ by 6 seconds in the afternoon sprint! The Ithaca ‘B’ entry posted the 11th fastest head race time of 19:21.06 and the 9th fastest afternoon sprint time of 5:19.29. They were also able to beat their afternoon sprint opponent, Rochester Institute of Technology ‘B’, by 3 seconds! The afternoon sprint times saw hopeful results, with small margins of loss or victories against rivals we go against in the spring! Overall, their total times earned the Ithaca ‘A’ entry 7th and the Ithaca ‘B’ entry 11th place out of 16 boats!

Ithaca Crew also brought a Men’s and Women’s novice boat! After learning how to row for the past 5 weeks, they were able to take to the water and see how much their efforts have paid off! The Men’s Novice 8+ entry finished 6th overall out of 14 crews with a head race time of 19:37.84. The Women’s Novice 8+ entry also did well, finishing 5th out of 12 boats with a head race time of 21:07.77! The novice categories unfortunately did not have an afternoon sprint so their results were based solely on their head race time. After only being on the water for 5 weeks, these results should be encouraging to the novice teams, as they continue to further skills throughout the rest of the season!

The Ithaca Women’s Varsity Sculling team also raced at the Head of the Genesee and saw some fantastic results as well! The team of Emily Morley and Jennie Peterson posted the fastest morning head race time of 20:21.03 and the 2nd fastest afternoon sprint time of 5:51.92. The team of Delaney Pfohl and Rachel Dowd posted the second fastest head race time of 20:41.39 and the fastest afternoon sprint time of 5:48.47. Emily Morley and Jennie Peterson posted the fastest combined time and were able to take home the gold, with Delaney Pfohl and Rachel Dowd taking home the silver medal! Ithaca also had 3 more entries compete in this event! Ithaca ‘C’ (Kellie Palladino & Rachel Brogle), Ithaca ‘D’ (Tara Malone & Katie Ely) and Ithaca ‘E’ (Chloe Lewis & Xan O’Neill) finished 4th, 5th and 6th out of 7 entries respectively!

Next weekend, the Varsity Sculling Team will travel to Amherst, Massachusetts to compete at the Seven Sisters Regatta, and the weekend after that, both Men’s and Women’s Sweep teams will be sending their top 8’s to the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts. There will also be a Women’s Alumni 8+ entry competing as well! If you are around either of those areas during those weekends, make sure to go support Ithaca Rowing & Sculling!

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