Great Weekend For IC Crew!
April 14, 2014
Men’s Varsity 8 – Knecht Cup in Mercer, New Jersey
Men’s 2V, 3V, 1F, Varsity 4 and Women’s Team – Home against St. Lawrence, Skidmore and Smith
Conditions: Both venues had favorable conditions on Saturday. Sunny and warm with light tailwind. Knecht Cup conditions on Sunday were Sunny and warm, however with a varying cross-wind making rowing conditions a little tougher.
Men’s Varsity 8 Results (Knecht Cup):
Heat – Ithaca: 5:58.49 Delaware Lwt: 6:02.88 Trinity: 6:05.19 Fordham: 6:07.22 Rhode Island: 6:08.89
Semi – Ithaca: 5:57.94 Delaware: 6:01.60 George Mason: 6:05.04 Boston College: 6:05.60 Rhode Island: 6:07.40 Mercyhurst Lwt: 6:10.09
Grand Final – Hobart: 5:57.35 Drexel: 6:02.05 Ithaca: 6:04.72 Delaware Lwt: 6:07.41 Bucknell: 6:10.35 Delaware: 6:13.24
Men’s Team Results vs. St. Lawrence and Skidmore:
Varsity 8 – Ithaca 2V: 6:19.91 Skidmore 1V: 6:21.63 St. Lawrence: 6:38.28
Second Varsity 8 – Ithaca 3V: 6:33.71 St. Lawrence: 6:40.14
Frosh/Novice 8 – Ithaca: 6:27.67 Skidmore: 7:18.17
Varsity 4 – Ithaca: 7:16.0 Skidmore: 7:21.0 St. Lawrence: 8:09.0
Women’s Team Results vs. St. Lawrence, Skidmore and Smith:
Varsity 8 AM:
Ithaca: 7:02.0 St. Lawrence: 7:27.4
Smith: 7:18.6 Skidmore: 7:43.8
Varsity 8 PM:
St. Lawrence: 7:24.45 Skidmore: 7:38.95
Ithaca: 7:10.0 Smith: 7:30.0
Second Varsity 8 – Ithaca: 7:08.0 Smith: 7:21.0 Skidmore: 7:47.0
Third Varsity 8 – Ithaca: 7:28.67 Smith: 7:49.59 Ithaca 4V: 8:01.81
Frosh/Novice 8 – Ithaca: 7:34.8 St. Lawrence: 7:36.7 Skidmore: 8:05.1
Second Frosh/Novice 8 – Ithaca: 7:55.0 Ithaca 3N: 8:02.0 Smith: 8:27.0
This weekend was nothing short of successful for IC Crew! The Men’s Varsity 8 boat traveled to Mercer, New Jersey in order to compete in the Knecht Cup. On Saturday, they won their morning heat with a time of 5:58.49 beating out top lightweight program Delaware and rival Trinity. The afternoon brought even more success as they won their Semi-Final as well with a time of 5:57.94 in order to solidify their position in the Grand Final on Sunday. In their Grand Final on Sunday, the Men’s Varsity boat took the bronze in a great race against really competitive boats! Their time of 6:04.72 was only bested by Hobart and Drexel and they were open water ahead of the other crews in the race.
Meanwhile, while the Men’s Varsity Boat saw success in New Jersey, they rest of the team swept the competition against St. Lawrence, Skidmore and Smith. Due to the fact that the Men’s Varsity Boat was not racing at home, the Second Varsity and the Third Varsity Boats raced a level above their normal competition with the Second Varsity 8 racing in the 1V category and the Third Varsity 8 racing in the 2V category. The Men’s Second Varsity 8 had a close race with the Skidmore 1V and ended up winning by about 2 seconds with a season best time of 6:19.1. The Men’s Third Varsity 8 also had a great race against the St. Lawrence 2V, and they ended up winning by 7 seconds with a season best time of 6:33.71, which was a whopping 21 seconds faster than their time the previous weekend against RIT. The Freshman boat dominated in their race against Skidmore winning by 51 seconds with a time of 6:27.67 which was also a season best time for them! And finally the varsity 4 had a really close and competitive race against the Skidmore Varsity 4. After trailing for most of the race, they put on a great sprint in order to beat the Skidmore Varsity 4 out by 5 seconds with a time of 7:16.0 which was 21 seconds faster than their time of 7:37.7 that they posted against the University of Rochester the week before.
The women also swept all of their events! Since St. Lawrence, Skidmore and Smith all brought Varsity boats to the event, the Women’s Varsity raced twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon in a heat and final style of racing, with the winners of the morning heats racing each other and second place team’s racing against each other. Ithaca dominated their morning heat, winning against St. Lawrence by 25 seconds and posted a time of 7:02.0. In the afternoon they raced against the winner of the other morning heat, Smith. Ithaca put on yet another dominating performance posting a time of 7:10.0, which was 20 seconds faster than Smith. The Women’s Second Varsity boat raced in a 3 boat race in the morning against Smith and Skidmore, and they won with a time of 7:08.0 which was 13 seconds faster than second place Smith and 39 seconds faster than third place Skidmore. The Third Varsity 8 also won their race against Smith by 21 seconds, and the Second Novice Boat won their race, beating the Ithaca 3N by 7 seconds and Smith by 32 seconds. The closest race of the day came between the Ithaca 1N and the St. Lawrence 1N. Ithaca was down most of the race, however in the last 300 meters of the race, they put on a great sprint to edge out the St. Lawrence 1N by 2 seconds to take the victory.
After the racing was completed, some members from the team decided to celebrate the great weekend of racing and take advantage of the great weather by jumping into the inlet. With parents and friends watching, they ran from one end of the dock to another and jumped into the freezing cold water. Some, even decided to jump in twice. It was a great way to end a fantastic weekend of racing and celebrate the last home race of the season.
Out of the past 3 home races the Ithaca Bombers have had, only the RIT Men’s Novice boat has been able to beat an Ithaca Boat. Ithaca swept all events against St. John Fisher and SUNY Geneseo, they swept all events against St. Lawrence, Skidmore and Smith and they won 7 out of their 8 races against the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology. And with the Men’s Varsity 8 also taking home the Bronze from a very competitive weekend of racing at the Knecht Cup, it is safe to say that IC Crew is off to a fantastic start to the season! Starting next week, the Bombers will head on the road to begin the traveling portion of their season. The team travels to Worcester, Massachusetts to take on teams such as Trinity, WPI, Holy Cross, Colby and others. For everyone that can make it, please come and support Ithaca College Crew as they continue their campaign to continue regular season success and States and ECAC Medals!