Successful Liberty League and NY States Regattas. Next up – NIRCs

The Ithaca Crews were quite busy last weekend at Saratoga Springs, with Liberty League Championships on Friday, then the New York State Championships on Saturday. With NCAA bids at stake for the Women’s Crews, they pulled through solidly, winning the Varsity event and placing second in the 2nd Varsity race. The Men’s Varsity placed a strong second to Hobart. Conditions were challenging, strong headwinds keeping the races long.

Liberty League Championships results

WV8:     IC 7.40.4, WmSmith 7.52.6, RIT 8.03.4, St.L 8.13.9, U Roch 8.25.1, Union 8.46.1, Skidmore 9.01.4

W2V8:   RIT 8.12.7, IC 8.17.6, WmSmith 8.33.6, St.L 8.48.7, Union 9.47.3

MV8:     Hobart 6.49.2, IC 6.53.1, Union 6.56.9, RIT 6.57.8, U Roch 7.24.2, Skidmore 7.29.2, St. L 7.31.0

Saturday’s States races saw all but one Ithaca entry earning a grand final’s slot. The Varsity women confirmed their ranking with open water wins in their heat and Grand Final. The Women’s 2V earned bronze in the 2V grand final, with the 3V winning the petite final for that event. The Novice Women won their heat, and took silver behind Army in their final. The Women’s Varsity Four also took a silver in their grand final.

The Men’s crews were all grand finalists, the Varsity 2nd in their heat, but having an off-race finishing 4th in their final. The Novice eight gained on St. Lawrence every time they raced, taking 2nd to them in their heat, and cutting the margin to less than a length while taking silver in the grand final. Both men’s fours, essentially lightweights, rowed strong heats to make their grand finals, the Varsity Four 3rd in their heat, and 6th in a grand final with some of the strongest headwinds of the day. Lastly, the Novice Four earned a well fought win in their heat, but struggled with the headwinds to place 5th in their grand final.

NYS Championships

WV8 heat:           IC 7.28.1, WmSmith 7.36.7, Union 8.18.6, Geneseo 8.42.1, St. L NTT, Renns NTT

WV8 Gr Final:    IC 7.13.8, Hamilton 724.3, WmSmith 7.25.5, RIT 7.28.1, Army 7.58.4, Union 8.15.9

W2V8 heat 1:     RIT 7.51.7, WmSmith 8.00.3, St. L 8.26.6, IC3V 8.20.1

W2V8 heat 2:     Hamilton 7.50.7, IC 8.09.3, Vassar 8.41.6, Union 9.08.0

W2V8 p final:     IC3V 8.44.1, Union 9.37.5

W2V8 Gr Final:  Hamilton 7.52.2, RIT 7.59.0, IC 8.02.7, WmSmith 8.11.1, St.L 8.35.5, Vassar8.56.9

WN8 heat:          IC 7.50.2, Army 8.00.1, Binghamton 8.42.6, Buffalo 8.50.6, Nazareth 8.59.8

WN8 Gr Final:    Army 8.18.6, IC 8.28.6, RIT 8.54.5, St. L 8.55.1, Albany 9.32.0, Binghamton 10.08.2

WV4 Gr Final:    Hamilton 8.57.1, IC 8.58.0, Clarkson 9.15.1, Oswego 9.40.8, Renns 9.53.2


MV8 heat:           Army 6.23.3, IC 6.51.7, St.L 7.04.0, Renns 7.37.7

MV8 Gr Final:     Army 6.36.6, Hamilton 6.39.8, RIT 6.41.9, IC 6.45.5, St. L 7.17.3, Skidmore 7.33.3

MF/N 8 heat:     St.L 6.48.9, IC 7.15.0, Renns 7.17.1, Albany 8.03.8, Manhattan 8.44.7

MF/N 8 Gr Fin:   St.L 7.11.3, IC 7.15.0, Army 7.24.6, RIT 7.28.5, MerMarine 7.46.1, Renns 7.55.7

MV4 heat:           Army 7.21.6, U Roch 7.32.4, IC 7.39.6, Manhattan 8.06.5, St.JFisher 8.07.1

MV4 Gr Fin:        Army 7.32.0, Bing 7.40.0, Buff 7.47.5, Clarkson 7.49.9, U Roch 7.56.8, IC 8.02.8

MN4 heat:           IC 8.14.0, Army B 8.24.2, Army A 8.32.4, Vassar 8.36.9

MN4 Gr Fin:        Geneseo 8.10.1, U Roch 8.12.1, Hamilton 8.16.6, Canisius 8.31.4, IC 8.45.2, ArmyB 9.17.5

On both days the Big Blue Family Tents were busy and exceedingly well stocked with refreshment for the crews. Many thanks to the DiCostanzo family for organizing the parents group, with generous assistance from the Demiris, Maturo, Southworth, Philip, and Doran families.

The crews now battle through the end of exam week and head back to Worcester, MA, on Thursday for a Friday full of heats and finals at the NIRC League Championships on Lake Quinsigamond. Travel and hotel logistics (Days Inn Shrewsbury) will be essentially the same as for the April 21 race, but the regatta will be headquartered at Regatta Point Park, just north of the finish line on the Worcester (west) side of the lake. Traveling east on Rt. 9, spectators should turn left at the last light before the bridge over the lake (Lake Avenue), and the park will be immediately on the right, with directions for parking on the left. The crews and trailers will be in the Park parking lot, with tents along the shore. Parents and friends who would like to assist with the Big Blue Family Tent can coordinate at this link:

Friday race schedule ( as of 5/9)      report 90 minutes prior to race time, launch 45 min. prior.     7:00 am                 regatta meeting for coxswains and coaches.

8:24 am                 M4          heats, 1-3 to final, others to petite.

8:48 am                 W3v8     heats, 1-3 to final, others to petite.

9:24 am                 W2v8     heats, 1-2 to final, 3-4 to petite, others to 3rd level final.

10:24 am              Wv8       same as W2v8.

11:00 am              Mv8       same as W2v8.

1:12 pm                 M4          finals

1:36 pm                 W3v8     finals

2:12                        Wn8       final

2:24                        Mn8       final

2:36                        W2v8     finals

3:56pm or 4:20    Wv8       finals

4:08 or 4:44pm    Mv8       finals

Following the racing the crews will load the trailer, leaving for Ithaca about 6:30 pm to get back to campus around midnight.

Saturday, the Crew will hold our annual Banquet, at the Hotel Ithaca, Cayuga and Clinton Streets, beginning at 11 am. Parents and friends are welcome, please contact the coaches at

Next week – NIRC results, looking ahead to NCAA championships at the end of May.

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