IC Crew Starts off Fall Season at Challenge on the Canal!

Regatta Name: Challenge on the Canal
Host: William Smith
Participating Schools: William Smith, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology & St. John Fisher
Conditions: Sunny & warm with a light headwind and head current

This past weekend, after a long summer and four weeks on the water, Ithaca Men’s Varsity Crew and the Ithaca Women’s Varsity Sweep team travelled to the Hobart and William Smith boathouse in Geneva, NY to kick off their 2014 Fall Season! With sunny and warm conditions with little to no wind, it was a great day for all crews to get some great racing done!

It was an early morning, with athletes boarding the bus at the A&E Center at 6:30am. The early wake up call was worth it however, as athletes arrived at the race course with the water resembling glass, the sun rising and the wind blowing lightly.

After quickly unloading the trailer and getting all the boats rigged, 12 Varsity Men quickly launched on the water to head to the start line to participate in the first race of the day, the Men’s Varsity Four. The three Ithaca varsity fours had a great showing in their race, placing first, second and fourth out of six boats! Once those athletes arrived back at the docks however, they quickly had to get some water and a quick snack, because they were headed back out to participate once again in the Men’s Varsity 8 event. The Ithaca Men had a respectable showing with Ithaca taking third in the Varsity “A” category and first and third in the Varsity “B” category! Overall it was a good showing for the Varsity Men as they showed long time rivals University of Rochester and Rochester Insitute of Technology that Ithaca remains a force to be reckoned with.

The Women’s Varsity Sweep Team also had a very respectable showing on the water against some very tough competition. Ithaca took fourth out of five boats in the Varsity “A” category and fourth out of four boats in the Varsity “B” category. Many athletes, similar to the Men’s team, then had to get off the water and launch once again to participate in the Women’s Varsity Four category. In the Women’s Varsity 4 category, the Ithaca “A” entry finished second, only 6 seconds behind first place crew William Smith! Out of nine crews, the Ithaca “C” entry placed fourth and the Ithaca “B” entry finished eighth!

Overall, with many athletes racing twice, it was a very strong day for both Ithaca Men’s and Women’s Crew! Next weekend, Ithaca Crew heads to Rochester to participate in the Head of the Genesee. Some of the top crews in the North East such as Hobart, William Smith, Williams, Rochester, RIT, Mercyhurst and many others will be there, so it should be an exciting and competitive day of racing. With another week on the water, Ithaca will look to make strong improvements and will set their sights on the medal stands next week, so if you are in the area, please come and support Ithaca Crew!

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