Spring Trip Itinerary

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CREW – SPRING TRIP ITINERARY, 2015

 Who       Ithaca College men’s and women’s crew – 108  participant
Contact Dan Robinson, 607-274-1266, iccrew@ithaca.edu.

When     Leaving Friday, 3/6 – meet outside the A & E Center, 5:00 pm for bus loading.  Eat dinner first.  Returning Sunday, 3/15 – E.T.A. 9 am.

Where   Gainesville, GA                                               lodging: Guesthouse/Lanier Inn & Suites

Contact person; Brian Ransom                     520 Queen City Parkway

(770) 287-0077club/785-770-7888cell          Gainesville, GA   30501

Lake Lanier Rowing Club                               770-535-8100

DIRECTIONS:  Route 96B south to Owego.  Route 17 east to I-81 south.  Proceed on I-81 South through PA, MD, WV, and a long way into VA.  Take I-77 south to Charlotte, NC.  Take I-85 south through SC and on to GA (towards Atlanta).  Exit 137 for route 129 towards Gainesville.  As you approach Gainesville, turn left onto I-985 and proceed north, go one exit to exit 7.  Turn left off the exit ramp, proceed through one traffic light, turn right at the second, Limestone Parkway.  Proceed to Clark’s Bridge Road and turn right, proceed to the boathouse located on the left.

What      Buses will go directly to the boathouse (Sat. 3/7 – Approx. 11 am). Plan a snack, dinner isn’t until 5:00 pm.    We will unload trailer, clean & rig equipment, and take a short row.  This generally all takes 2-3 hours.  After the row (about 2:30pm) we will re-board the bus and go to the hotel for check-in. Buses may stop at the Grocery store.  Dinner is catered in the hotel conference room.  No charge.  Women will eat at 5pm.  Men will follow at 5:30 pm.

SATURDAY NIGHT – TURN CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE STARTING SUNDAY  - SUBJECT TO CHANGE

SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY – WOMEN – bus

Board bus at 6:45 am       Row 7:45 – 9:45 am          eat at 10:45 am.

Board bus at 3:00 pm       Row 4:00 – 6:00 pm         eat at 6:45 pm

SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY – MEN – bus

Board bus at 7:30am         Row 8:30 – 11:00am, yoga & video,            eat at 12:30pm.

Board bus at 3:15 pm       Row 4:15 – 6:15 pm,        eat at 7:00 pm.

*Wednesday we will plan for a longer morning practice and the afternoon off.  The Wednesday pm meal is either a team picnic or “on your own.” – TBA

SATURDAY 3/14 (tentative)

Women board bus at 6:45 am, row 7:45 – 9:30, eat at 10:30am.

Men board bus at 7:00 am, row 8:00 – 9:45, eat at 10:45 am.

End-of-week scrimmages may impact practice times.  Final practice will be Saturday morning, 3/14.  Hotel check-out will be at 12:00 noon.   Buses will then return to the boathouse for equipment loading, final team meeting, free box lunch and estimated departure by 3 pm.

MEALS:  Breakfast is free take-out every morning at the hotel before practice.  Eat lightly.

Lunch is pre-paid at Brenau College immediately after AM practice.  The team will attend together.  Dinner is pre-paid at Brenau College immediately after PM practice.  There will be some exceptions.  Other meals or snacks will be “on your own.”  Additional “on your own” expenses will be meals while traveling and misc. snacks.

WHAT TO TAKE?   Essentials include extra money for meals while traveling, snacks, some meals “on your own,” and misc. (maybe $50-$100).  Bring plenty of workout clothing (especially socks) for weather that may range from sunny and 80 to rainy and sub-freezing.  Early morning practices will be cold!  Also, bring swimsuit, extra towel, sunscreen, water bottle, and hat.  Consult with your assigned roommates for alarm clock, music, and other items you won’t want to duplicate.  Leave unnecessary valuables at home!  Keep your cash hidden and a credit card for emergencies may be useful.  If your hands are tender you may want to invest in leather sport gloves.  Questions?  Ask your coach.

Winter 2014-2015 Information – Men’s and Women’s Crew

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CREW
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR WINTER 2014-15

Classes begin Tuesday, January 20.  The returning men will meet on Monday, 1/19, at the A & E Center for a run at 4:30pm.  There will be a Spring Crew informational meeting for the returning women at 4:30 pm as well that day.  New recruits are welcome.  Anyone interested in joining should contact the coach at room 140a in the A & E Center or by e-mail at iccrew@ithaca.edu.  Athletic physicals for new recruits will be offered by Friday, January 30.  Be in shape BEFORE you begin.  Check with your coach for training guidelines during the holiday break.

Row for Humanity/Crew Erg-a-thon will be held on Friday, January 30.  This is a fund-raiser for the team and Habitat for Humanity.  A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the I.C. chapter of Habitat for Humanity.  The remainder will be used toward $100 of crew gear for every participant, miscellaneous supplies, crew capital, and expenses from the spring trip.   Event instructions and related information is available from Coach Becky.  Sign-up sheets for rowing time-slots will be posted outside the crew office by January 26.  Mailers are due back on December 10.  TURN IN YOUR MAILERS PROMPTLY!

Spring trip, March 6-15, Lake Lanier, GA.  The entire squad will travel south for on-the-water (OTW) training.  We will leave after classes on Friday, March 6, drive through the night, and arrive on Saturday morning.  Transportation will be by two charter buses.  Please share the information in this hand-out with your parents.

               The cost of the trip is mostly paid by the participants.  A fee of $425 will be collected by Feb. 6.  Contact your coach with questions about this fee.  The fees cover the following;

Bus transportation                          $170 (non-refundable after Feb. 7)

Hotel/breakfast for 7 days              $130

2 daily meals at Brenau U.             $115

Boathouse fees                              $  30

Truck & launch gas & misc.           $    5

Total                                             $450 – you owe $425.

The college provides about $65 meal money per athlete that should cover remaining costs listed above.  Your only additional costs will be meals while traveling, souvenirs, and miscellaneous items.  A detailed itinerary of this trip will be distributed in mid-February.  Call Coach Dan with questions or concerns at (607) 274-1266 or e-mail to iccrew@ithaca.edu.

SPRING RACE (and other important dates) SCHEDULE (subject to change)

3/28       Cayuga Duals  Home, women vs William Smith, Mercyhurst, Canisius.

Men vs. Hobart, Trinity, Michigan, Cornell lites and heavies.

4/4         Home vs RIT & University of Rochester.

4/5         Easter Sunday

4/11       Home vs  Skidmore, St. Lawrence, and Smith (women).

4/12       Home vs St. John Fisher and Geneseo.

4/18       At Worcester, MA, vs. WPI, Trinity, UNH, Conn., and Colby

4/25       Home duals vs Hamilton, Colgate, and Marist.

5/2         NYS Championship at Saratoga Springs.

5/5-8, 11 Exam week…plan accordingly.

5/10       ECAC National Invitation Championship at Worcester, MA.- season over for men.

5/17       Graduation Day.

5/29-30 Women’s NCAA Championship, at Indianapolis, IN…who will qualify?

“Everyday is a new opportunity.  You can build on yesterday’s success, or put the failures behind

and start over again.  Don’t save anything for tomorrow.  Tomorrow it may rain.”

BE A FACTOR IN THE CREW FACTORY

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!

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