Ithaca Men’s Crew Takes on the Seneca Canal!

On Saturday, September 20th, members of the Ithaca College Men’s Varsity Crew Team met down at the boathouse at 8:00am to drive to the end of Cayuga Lake to embark on a 55k trip to Seneca Lake. The row was supposed to occur the weekend before on September 13th, however, due to inclement weather, members of the team and coaching staff agreed to post pone the row to the following week.

Upon arrival at the boathouse, members of the team gathered in 5 cars and began the drive to the launching sight at the North End of Cayuga Lake. Even though it was a sunny and relatively warm day, there was still one concern that was going to make launching the boats a bit of a challenge, and that was the wind. The wind was causing white cap conditions on the lake, which would make launching and rowing very difficult. After arriving and failing to launch from the first two locations, the team made one last effort to go to one last location in an effort to get on the water!

At around 9:45am, the team arrived in Seneca Falls. Even though the wind was still gusting at times, the water was flat at the launch area, which meant that it was possible to get the boats on the water safely, and the row was still going to occur! Unfortunately, launching out of this sight meant that it subtracted about 16k round trip from the row, however, the team was thankful to get on the water at all that day! After rigging the boats and getting through a complicated launching process on a rather high dock, the crews were finally on the water and rowing through the Canal.

The weather was fantastic. With temperatures in the mid 60’s and relatively flat water, it was a great day to be on the water, despite the wind, which died down a significant amount compared to the beginning of the day! After rowing 8k, the two crews were met with a surprise, a lock! Both crews eagerly rowed into the lock and after about two minutes, the doors closed and they began to raise about 30 feet! After the crews were raised completely, the doors opened and they continued to row along the canal! After about another 8k, both crews arrived at the docks of the Hobart and William Smith boat house, where they were met with water and Subway sandwiches. The original plan was to row an additional 1,000 meters to Seneca Lake, however due to the windy conditions, the lake would not have been safe to row to.

After a short lunch break, the two crews launched once again and began the row back to Seneca Falls. The crews were only able to do a couple full pressure pieces, due to the fact that the canal was filled with a significant amount of weeds which kept getting caught in the rudders of the boats. This was giving the coxswains a great deal of trouble. Both crews went back down in the lock and they rowed back to the Seneca Falls dock. It was a great day of rowing, and even though the original plan of rowing from lake to lake fell through, rowers were still able to get a solid 30k in on the water with great weather conditions (minus the wind).

Both Ithaca College Crew Men’s and Women’s Teams compete at Hobart against William Smith, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher on Saturday, September 27th. If you are in the area, or want to take the trip, please come out and support Ithaca Crew in their first race of the season/year! Our campaign to State Championship and ECAC titles starts now!

Canal Row 2

Canal Row

Both Crews in the Lock!

Participating Rowers/Coxswains:
Kristen Handal – Junior
Alex Martin – Sophomore
Charlie Enright – Senior
J.P. Kelly – Sophomore
Jake Korinko – Senior
Joey Allegra – Senior
Ryan Tomanocy – Senior
Will Brown – Sophomore
Johnston Tucker – Sophomore
Ben Zerivitz – Freshman
Matt Dorio – Senior
Branden George – Junior
Kevin Davie – Senior
Dan Brauchli – Senior
Keith MacDonald – Senior
Paul Cassaro – Junior
Dylan Kershaw – Senior
Alex Lynn – Junior

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