Spring Season in progress for IC Crew!

Greetings Ithaca Crew Alumni, Parents and Friends!

The Ithaca Crews have been working hard since the beginning of the spring semester, and are looking forward to upcoming spring break at the end of this week, and getting back on the water in Georgia. We definitely hope there will be much warmer weather! Land workouts since January to this point have included extensive ergometer and weight training, along with pool-station sessions in the A&E center, along with the traditional roadwork runs and yoga.

The Crew held our annual Row-For-Humanity fundraiser on January 28. This year the format included keeping 8 ergs spinning throughout the day in the Campus Center with the plan to accumulate 1 million meters, each erg contributing its 125,000 – and this was met with some to spare. Thanks to our many generous supporters, pledges totaled a record $28,000+, with some $5400 being designated for the IC Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Kudos to all those who contributed and the rowers who kept the ergs humming all day!

This year’s spring break training will once again be in Gainesville, Georgia, rowing out of the Olympic Rowing Center. The men’s and women’s group will include 86 rowers and coaches, leaving after classes on Friday 3/8 with the bus ride overnight and arriving at the boathouse late Saturday morning. The itinerary directions include: Route 96B south to Owego.  Route 17 east to I-81 south.  Proceeding on I-81 South through PA, MD, WV, and a long way into VA.  Then I-77 south toward Charlotte, NC, and I-485 bypass west toward Spartanburg and I-85 south.  Take I-85 south through SC and on to GA (towards Atlanta).  Exit 137 for route 129 west towards Gainesville.  As you approach Gainesville, turn left onto the I-985north entrance and proceed north, go one exit to exit 24.  Turn left off the exit ramp, proceed on Jesse Jewell Parkway through one traffic light, turn right at the second, Limestone Parkway.  Proceed to Clark’s Bridge Road and turn right, proceed to the boathouse located on the left just after the bridge.

Buses will go directly to the boathouse (Sat. 3/9 – Approx. 11 am). We will unload trailer, clean & rig equipment, and take a short row.  After the row (about 2:30pm) we will re-board the buses and go to the hotel for check-in.  The route to the hotel takes the buses back to Limestone Parkway and Jesse Jewell, turning right and following into the city several blocks, then left at Queen City Parkway. Hotel is immediately on the right, our lodging will be at the Guesthouse/Lanier Inn & Suites, 520 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501, ph 770-535-8100. Our contact at Lake Lanier Rowing Club is John Morrison, ph 770-287-0077

Post-practice meals will be at Brenau College dining.

Double-session practices begin Sunday, the general schedule format as follows:


Board bus at 7:30 am       Row 8:30 – 10:30 am       eat at 11:15 am.

Board bus at 2:30 pm       Row 3:30 – 5:00 pm          eat at 5:45pm


Board bus at 6:45am        Row 7:45 – 10:15 am,      eat at 11:00 am.

Board bus at 2:45 pm       Row 3:45 – 5:30 pm,        eat at 6:15 pm.

*Wednesday we will plan for a longer morning practice and the afternoon off.

The Wednesday pm meal may be a team picnic. Breakfast is free take-out every morning at the hotel before practice.

SATURDAY 3/17 (tentative)

Women board bus at 7:30 am, row 8:15 – 10:00, eat at 10:30.

Men board bus at 7:15 am, row 8:15 – 10:15, eat at 11:00 am.

End-of-week scrimmages may impact practice times. Final practice will be Saturday morning, 3/16.  Hotel check-out will be at 12:00 noon.   Buses will then return to the boathouse for equipment loading, final team meeting, free box lunch and estimated departure by 3pm. Buses will return to Ithaca campus 9am Sunday morning, 3/17.

Tentative Spring Race Schedule:

Sat 3/30           Cayuga Duals                                                  Ithaca

Sat 4/6             RIT, Rochester                                                 Ithaca

Sun 4/7            St.John Fisher, Geneseo                                Ithaca

Sat 4/13           Knecht Cup                                                      Mercer, NJ

Sat 4/20           at WPI, Trinity, Colby, UNH                           Worcester, MA

Sat 4/27           at Hamilton, Colgate, Marist                         Rome, NY

Fri 5/3             Liberty League Championships                      Saratoga Springs, NY

Sat 5/4             NYS Championships                                        Saratoga Springs, NY

5/7-10             Final Exams

Sun 5/12          NICR League Championships                          Worcester, MA

Sun 5/19          Commencement

Fr/Sat 5/31-6/1      NCAA Womens Crew Championships  Indianapolis, IN

(by selection)

We omitted from our previous post last fall regarding the National Team November Speed order trials that Karina Feitner ’18 competed in the Women’s Single events. In her first year after graduation, Karina placed a highly competitive 25th of 30 entrants in the 6k erg testing, and on the 2nd day improved to 21st of 30 in the on-the-water time trial. Congrats to Karina!

In other alumni news, for the 2nd year Erik Frid ’14 organized an alumni team competing in the Concept 2 Virtual Team Challenge for the month of January. This year’s competition included 691 teams world-wide, with 8,937 competitors. The IC Alumni team of 27 members placed 35th in total meters, led by Tom Pfaff with 1,079,911 meters, the team total being 5,309,430 meters, for an average of 196,650 meters per member, 7th place of all team averages. Only one other team had fewer members in the top 50 rankings. In the same competition, a team of current rowers on break, with 24 members led by Hunter Flamm ’20, placed 75th in the team rankings, with 2,635,225 total meters, averaging  109,801 per member.

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Crew Store Open till Tuesday March 5th

Crew Store W19

Greetings Bombers & Bomber Crew Families!

It’s time to order yourself some new crew & sculling gear from our TEAMSTORE!

We have a nice little selection of tees, 1/4 zips, vests, & hats to help you show your team spirit on campus & on the road.

Items will ship 3-4 weeks after the store closes.

Current team members and IC Boathouse regulars can opt for in-store pickup when you get to the shipping page. Once the orders are in, we will pick them up from Cortland and bring them to the boathouse.

Happy Shopping!

2018 Summer (yes Summer) Newsletter

Have you ever had that project that you put off and put off and it was so close to being done?  Well that is exactly what happened to the 2018 Rowing and Sculling Newsletter.  All I can say is that 2018 ended on such a high after celebrating 50 Years of IC crew that our energy petered out when it came to writing about all of the great reunions and gatherings that occurred over a 12 month period!!   But we rallied.  Dan wrote and Becky formatted.  We hope you enjoy reading  the overdue NEWSLETTER recapping the 2017-2018 year!!

Fall Crew Wrap-up

Greetings Ithaca Crew Alumni, Parents and Friends!

The Ithaca Mens Crews completed their fall racing season over the weekend November 10-11 with regattas on the 2000m Cooper River course in Camden, NJ. In Saturday’s Frostbite Regatta, Ithaca entered three eights, Varsity, 2V and Frosh/Novice. Conditions were extremely rough, with a strong tailwind and whitecapping through most of the course. In the varsity race, Ithaca fell behind strong crews from Penn Lightweights, Colgate, Temple and Delaware, with a similar outcome for the Ithaca 2V. Ithaca turned the tables in the Frosh/Novice race, well ahead of Temple and Delaware. Results:

V8        Penn Lt 5.55, Colgate 5.56, Temple 6.01, Delaware 6.04, Ithaca 6.35

2V8      Penn Lt 5.56,  Temple 5.59, Delaware A 6.00, Delaware B 6.10, LaSalle 6.15, IC 6.44

F/N8    Ithaca 7.03, Temple 7.23, Delaware 7.36

Conditions improved significantly for the Braxton Regatta on Sunday, with only a slight tailwind and much better water. Ithaca entered two fours in the morning competition. The Varsity Four placed 2nd in their section behind Colgate, with the third fastest time of from both V4 sections. The Frosh/Novice 4 won their race, gaining the second IC medal for the weekend.

Fours results:

MV4:   Colgate 6.44.1, Ithaca 7.03.7, Stony Brook 7.33.4, Maritime 7.36.6, Marietta 7.54.0

F/N4:   Ithaca 7.23.3, Maritme 7.53.8, Marietta 8.11.5, Manhattan 8.50.3, Stony Brook 9.38.1

In the afternoon eights competition, Ithaca improved their margins, placing 3rd in the Varsity and 2V, and 2nd in the Frosh/Novice. Results:

MV8:   Colgate 6.02.0, Marietta 6.08.1, Ithaca 6.22.2, Binghamton 7.59.0

M2V8: Marietta A 6.21.4, Marietta B 6.21.8, Ithaca 6.46.2, Maritime 6.52.7

F/N8:   Colgate 6.48.8, Ithaca 7.18.5, Scranton 7.45.7, Binghamton 7.52.4, Manhattan 8.25.7, Maritime 8.45.4

Many thanks to the parents and friends of the Crew who contributed to the trailer food tables throughout both days (clear weather eliminated need for the tent). Ithaca crews were also glad to have a visit from alum Erik Frid ’14, who earlier this month competed in the East Coast Speed Order trials for the 2019 US National Team. In his 6k erg test, Erik placed 6th of 41 entries of men’s scullers, and in the next day’s 4.25 head race time trial, placed 7th of the 41 entries at Princeton. Cheers to Erik!

After the race weekend, it was a short week of land training and preparing the Boathouse for land workouts before the crews headed home for the Thanksgiving week break. The remainder of the fall will include 3 weeks of classes and land workouts before exam week, and winter break begins December 22.

Spring Schedule Highlights (subject to change) :

1/22/19           First day of spring classes

1/28                 Row for Humanity erg-a-thon                        Campus Center

3/9-17             Spring Break Training                                     Gainesville, GA

Sat 3/30           Cayuga Duals                                                  Ithaca

Sat 4/6             RIT, Rochester                                                 Ithaca

Sun 4/7            St.John Fisher, Geneseo                                  Ithaca

Sat 4/13           Knecht Cup                                                      Mercer, NJ

Sat 4/20           at WPI, Trinity, Colby, UNH                            Worcester, MA

Sat 4/28           at Hamilton, Colgate, Marist                          Rome, NY

Fri 5/3             Liberty League Championships                       Saratoga Springs, NY

Sat 5/4             NYS Championships                                        Saratoga Springs, NY

5/7-10             Final Exams

Sun 5/12          NICR League Championships                          Worcester, MA

Sun 5/19          Commencement

Fr/Sat 5/31-6/1           NCAA Championships  (by selection)  Indianapolis, IN

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Cornell Classic review, Frostbite/Braxton preview

Greetings Ithaca Crew Alumni, Parents and Friends!

Last weekend was a busy one for the Crews and Scullers, as everyone competed in the Cornell Autumn Classic races on Saturday, and on Sunday it was the annual Rent-a-Rower fundraiser, along with a workday at the Boathouse to give it a good cleaning and prepare the Womens Crews and Scullers equipment for winter storage.

Saturday’s Cornell races included two sections, each consisting of a 3k head race followed by a 300m sprint. The earlier section was mostly small boats with generally a regrouping in the later section of the small boats into eights. The Ithaca women’s scullers were put together randomly in doubles and one single, and it proved to be a very competitive battle to wind up their season in an all-Ithaca event. The Womens sweep rowers also concluded their fall racing, with two novice eights and a varsity eight and four also competing. The sweep rowing competition was solidly dominated by Cornell and Syracuse top entries, Ithaca’s best men’s showing coming in the second section of men’s fours, Ithaca’s two entries sandwiched between Cornell Heavies and Hobart. This experience gives the Ithaca men plenty of motivation to take advantage of this last week on the water and the final weekend of racing coming up. With the change to standard time this week, their practices have an extra challenge, shifting to early morning before classes to have safe daylight rows.

Catching up on an omission from the Head of the Fish results, Ithaca’s Women’s Lightweight single also won that event over 5 other entries, prior to cancellation of the regatta due to the strong winds, and adding to the medal collection for that regatta.

This weekend the Men’s crews travel to Camden, NJ, to conclude their fall racing with the Frostbite Regatta on Saturday and the Braxton Memorial Regatta on Sunday.

Location:                             Cooper River Park – Reservoir, Pennsauken, NJ

Participating schools:                    Temple, Delaware, Drexel, Marietta, many others.

Departure Time – location          37 athletes and 2 coaches. Meet the bus at 7:45 am at the A & E Center for an 8am departure.  Plan 4.5 hours driving time and possibly 15 minutes to park and walk to trailer in the launching area.

Directions to Race Course – Leave Ithaca College on route 79 east to Whitney Point and  I-81 south, follow into Pennsylvania.  Exit I-81 at Clark’s Summit, get on Penn Turnpike south, I-476.  Follow turnpike (toll road) south to the end, through tolls, continue straight on I-476 towards Philadelphia to I-76 east (Schuylkill Expressway).  As you enter the city proceed East on I-676, cross Ben Franklin Bridge (US 30).  Continue on US 30 heading east to route 38 east, Kaighns Ave.  Follow 38, bear right on US 70 (Marlton Pike) heading east, turn right on Cuthbert, then right again on Park Blvd.  The bus drop off for athletes is located along Park Blvd. For spectator parking, follow directions along Park Blvd.

Directions from race course to hotel :  Crown Plaza, Philadelphia-Cherry Hill, 2349 Marlton Pike W.  PH 856-665-6666  –  south-east corner of Cuthbert and Route 70- walking distance to/from race course launching area. We plan on the Ithaca Tent to be located at the trailer.

Tentative schedule Saturday Frostbite (athletes report 90 minutes prior to race time):

FN8 sections      (Feitner)              3:00-3:14pm

2V8 sections       (Oz)                       3:28-3:35

1V8 sections       (KP)                       3:56-4:03

Tentative schedule Sunday Braxton:

V4 sections         (Skip)                    10:48am

N4 sections         (DelLago)             11:06

V8 sections         (KP)                       1:50 pm

2V8 sections       (Oz)                       1:56

F/N8 sections    (Feitner)              2:02

All race times are subject to change! Crews launch 45 minutes prior to race starting time.

Race notes:        All races will include 3-6 crews using a stake-boat start.  Winners in every race go to the awards dock to receive a medal; no runner-up medals.

Other Information: There will be some post-race snacks available at the tent and trailer after the Sunday races. Saturday dinner will be at the Wegman’s next to the hotel, paid for by Coach!

After racing:   After racing on Saturday we will secure equipment on the trailer for the evening and proceed to Saturday night accommodations and dinner.  After Sunday’s races we will load the trailer and depart for Ithaca as a group. E.T.A. in Ithaca is 7:30 pm.

Next week – racing results and preview of spring schedule.

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