Ithaca Crews head into Championship Season!

Greetings Ithaca Crew Alumni, Parents and Friends!

Ithaca Crew now heads into the championship season, with Liberty League and New York States Championships this Friday and Saturday, and NICR league championships next weekend.

But first – recap of the home racing last Saturday, and 50th Anniversary activities last weekend. Ithaca hosted Colgate, Hamilton and Marist in double dual format Saturday morning. Most notably, the Ithaca Women’s Varsity vaulted into #3 ranking in the national Division III poll, with solid wins over Hamilton and Marist. The Ithaca Men’s varsity lost narrowly to Hamilton in the fast morning tailwind racing. Later in the day, the wind began to swirl, with periodic rough water approaching the finish line. Complete results:

WV8 heat              Ithaca 6.38.5, Hamilton 6.48.8

WV8 final               Ithaca 6.33.4, Marist 6.37.5

W2V8 heat            Ithaca 7.04.4, Hamilton 7.04.5

W2V8 final            Marist 7.03.1, Ithaca 7.06.5

W3V8                     Marist 7.14.0, Ithaca 7.16.6

WNov8                   Ithaca 7.33.0, Hamilton 7.58.5

WNov4                   Hamilton 8.14.9, Ithaca 8.22.0

MV8 heat               Hamilton 6.02.96, Ithaca 6.04.92

MV8 p final            Colgate 5.47.9, Ithaca 6.07.9

M2V8/Nov8          Hamilton 2V 6.22.97, Ithaca Nov 6.32.76

MV4                        Colgate 7.08.34, Ithaca 7.20.73

MNov4                   Hamilton 7.21.44, Ithaca 7.28.44

Following the races, the Ithaca Crews recognized their Seniors and cheered the traditional Senior Leap into the inlet. Later that evening, some 300 Alumni and Friends gathered to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Crew at Ithaca College, with members of the original crew and Founding Coach Gary Kilpatrick. See more reporting in separate posts. The weekend concluded Sunday morning as 7 alumni eights took to the water in brisk conditions, following christening of the newest men’s eight, the Gary Kilpatrick.

This Friday, the Ithaca Crews head for Saratoga Springs for the Liberty League Championships on Friday afternoon, and NYState Collegiate Championships on Saturday. There will be finals only, with Ithaca entering Women’s Varsity 8 and 2V8, and Men’s Varsity 8. These crews will leave from Ithaca 9am, going directly to the Saratoga Race Course. The itinerary takes the bus to Rt. 88, then to I-90 to exit 24 at Albany, then I-87 north to exit 14. Left at this exit onto NY 9P east toward Saratoga Lake. Continue to the bridge over the lake inlet, and turn left into the park immediately after the bridge. Look for the Ithaca trailer in the large parking area, and the Big Blue Family tent near the course finish line, and follow directions for spectator parking. Friday’s Liberty Schedule is as follows, crews launching 45 minutes prior to race time.

Women’s 2V8       4pm        St. Lawrence, Ithaca, WilliamSmith, RIT, Union

Womens V8          5pm        Skidmore, Union, WilliamSmith, Ithaca, RIT, St. Lawrence, Rochester

Men’s V8               5:10        Skidmore, Rochester, Ithaca, Hobart, RIT, Union, St.Lawrence

Following the races, these crews will head to the hotel, Comfort Inn & Suites, 99 Miller Road, Castleton, NY (518-479-3217). From Saratoga, the itineray returns to I-87, south back to I-90 East, and the hotel is directly at exit 10 off I-90. There, they will be joined by the remaining Ithaca States Championship entries, who will leave Ithaca following classes Friday afternoon, and travel directly to the hotel.

On Saturday, all the crews will travel to the race course very early for rigging the remaining shells and Regatta Meeting for coaches and coxswains at 6:30am. Racing begins at 8am, crews launching 45 minutes prior to race time.

WV8 heat 1           8am        Rensselaer, Union, WilliamSmith, Ithaca, St. Lawrence, Geneseo

MV8 heat 1           8:16        Rennselaer, Ithaca, USMA, St. Lawrence

MV4 heat 1           8:48        StJohn Fisher, Ithaca, USMA, Rochester, Manhattan

WNov8 heat 1      9:04        Binghamton, USMA, Ithaca, Buffalo, StJohn Fisher

MNov8 heat 1       9:20        Albany, Ithaca, St.Lawrence, Renselaer, Manhattan

WNov4 Final         9:36        Oswego, Geneseo, Ithaca, Hamilton, Clarkson, Rensselaer

MNov4 heat 3       10:00     USMA B, Ithaca,  USMA A, Vassar

W2V8 heat 1         10:08     Ithaca B, Rochester, WilliamSmith, St.Lawrence

W2V8 heat 2         10:16     Union, Hamilton, Ithaca A, Vassar

WV8 finals             12:19pm, 12:27

MV8 finals             12:35, 12:43

MV4 finals             1:07, 1:15

WNov 8 finals       1:23, 1:31

MNov 8 finals        1:39, 1:47

W2V8 finals           1:55, 2:03

MNov4 finals         2:11, 2:19

Crews will plan to load the trailer and leave following the races, expected to be back on campus 8pm.

Next week, report on the weekend’s racing and preview of the NICR championships at the end of exam week, Friday, May 11 in Worcester, and Crew Banquet in Ithaca the following Saturday.

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