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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