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.


IC Crew Celebrates Dad Vail Champions!

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Gathering of the 1976 gold medalists and current rowers that medaled at the 2016 Dad Vails.: Top row: Coach Jerry Dietz,Jill Bartikowsky, Julia Rife VanHassent, Ellen Andrew, Margaret Cooney Kearns, Barb Brumet, Laurie Creelman Heflin, Mary Ann Sprague Erickson, Julie Volk Thorpe, Debbie Kimball.  Bottom row: Catlynn Frank, Karina Feitner, Libby Burns, Emily Campagna, Victoria Demiris, Colby D’Onofrio, Rachel Dowd, Monica Schaffstall, Meghan DiCostanzo.
The women of Ithaca Crew no longer row in hand-me-down, wooden shells, sized and rigged for the men’s team, but the memory of heavy, ill-fitting equipment is as fresh as ever for the members of the 1976 crew. Rowing is one of the oldest collegiate sports in the country, but it wasn’t until 1976 that women’s rowing events were included in the popular Dad Vail collegiate championship, or even the Olympic Games.  In that historic year, it was the newly established women’s crew from Ithaca College that stroked it’s way to Dad Vail gold.  
Last Thursday, the Dad Vail winners of 1976 gathered at the edge of the Cayuga Inlet to kick off a weekend of crew celebrations with a reunion dinner.  Also in attendance were recent medal winners: athletes from the 2016 squad who used the win from 40 years prior to inspire their season goal of repeating as Dad Vail Champions. Coach Becky Robinson arrived by coaching launch with the recent medalists, reading a statement of appreciation across the water.  She thanked the original crew for their role in establishing the tradition of excellence in IC Women’s Rowing, and then sent the 2016 rowers forward with commemorative medals for their counterparts.  The ’76 crew wasted no time in aiming questions about sides and seats rowed, heights and callouses at the ’16 crew, demonstrating perfectly the sense of connection and community that rowers share.   
In these days of carbon composite boats and Title IX compliance, it’s almost shocking to realize that the pioneers of women’s sport are not only still here, but still fit, current, vital women, established in their careers and joking with their kids about the possibility of grand-kids. They show up to dinner in their old racing jerseys with stories about world travel and current athletic pursuits. In 1976, they faced some resistance, but weren’t specifically trying to be pioneers.  They just wanted to improve and compete, to relish the the joy that squeezes into the cracks of hard work. They assigned each other nicknames.  They teased the Cornell coaches during practice for looking so serious. 
It wasn’t so different or so long ago. 
A debt of thanks is owed to those first crews and their coaches.  Thank you to Jill Bartikowsky, Julia Rife VanHassent, Ellen Andrew, Margaret Cooney Kearns, Barb Brumet, Laurie Creelman Heflin, Mary Ann Sprague Erickson, Julie Volk Thorpe, Debbie Kimball, and coaches Jerry Dietz and John Romain, for celebrating with us and for believing that the benefits of rowing should be shared.  Your resilience and success in the face of equipment sharing, surly professors, and the inevitable Ithaca weather is example to us all.  We couldn’t be more proud to be Bombers like you. 
Beth Greene ’00

Legacy Challenge for the IC Crew Endowment


To help us reach our 50th year campaign goal, a donor has thrown down the following challenge to the IC Crew Family! For every 2K raised between Tuesday May 1st and Saturday May 5th, that amount will be matched with an additional $1000 (up to $6,000). The challenge is on from now to May 5th, so make your gift count for even more and join in reaching the 50K goal for our 50th year! Together we can get this done! Click here to give.

Update: 50th Anniversary Activities

The Activities page for the 50th Anniversary has been updated.

There will be a documentary showing of 2000 Meters Out: about Emily Morley ’16 Olympic Quest.  Showing time is Saturday 5:30PM in the BH Mezzanine.  Come early and enjoy the show!

We are starting to organize alumni rows for Sunday!

April 21 Race Results, April 28 Race Preview

Last weekend the Ithaca Crews raced in Worcester, MA, on the Lake Quinsigamond course. There was a moderate tailwind resulting in some chop in the last 1000 meters, and crosswinds at the start made for tricky alignments. Ithaca’s mens crews raced three eights (1V, 2V, and 3V, with novices mixed in the 2V and 3V) fast competition coming from Trinity and WPI. The women’s events included heats and finals for the 1V and 2V, with finals only for the 3V and Novice 8. Ithaca’s 1V and 2V women won their heats, with the 1V going on to win the final, along with a victory for the Novice 8.

Men’s results:

MV8: Trinity 6.04.15, WPI 6.05.31, IC 6.10.45, Colby 6.10.62,  UNH 6.37.31

M2V8: Trinity 6.17.2, WPI 6.17.44, Colby 6.24.92, IC 6.37.74, UNH 6.54.69

M3V8: WPI 6.32.2, IC 6.37.9

Women’s Results:

WV8 heat: IC 6.57.7, UNH 7.03.71, Trinity 7.23.87, ConnCollege 7.28.41

WV8 final: IC 6.41.36, WPi 6.51.09, UNH 7.00.68, WilliamSmith 7.08.12

W2V8 heat: IC 7.20.8, Colby 7.26.01, UNH 7.43.57, ConnCollege 7.50.09

W2V8 final: WPI 7.04.08, WilliamSmith 7.10.94, IC 7.17.74, Colby 7.26.97

W3V8 final: WPI 7.19.4, IC 7.38.74, Colby 7.49.9, Trinity 8.25.98

W4V8 final: IC Novice 7.27.7, WPI 7.45.99

This weekend Ithaca celebrates 50 years of Ithaca Crew, and description of the events starting Friday may be found on the 50th Anniversary link on the main blog page. Race schedule for Saturday morning is listed below, and visitors/spectators should check the Visiting Teams link above for parking/viewing directions, as Boathouse parking will strictly be limited to visiting team trailers.

April 28 Saturday regatta; Ithaca (IC), Hamilton (HC), Colgate (CU), Marist (MC)

9:30am                 Lane draw         9:45am                 Regatta meeting

11:00am               Wv8       CU          MC

11:08                     Wv8       IC            HC

11:16                     Mv8       CU          MC

11:24                     Mv8       IC            HC

11:32                     W2v8     CU          MC

11:40                     W2v8     IC            HC

11:48                     M8         IC nov   HC 2v

11:56                     Mn4       HC          IC

12:04                     Wn8       HC          IC

12:12                     Mv4       IC            CU

12:20                     Wv4       MC         CU

12:40                     Wv8       grand final

12:48                     Wv8       petite final

12:56                     Mv8       grand final

1:04                        Mv8       petite final

1:12                        W2v8     grand final

1:20                        W2v8     petite final

1:28                        W3v8     IC            MC

1:36                        Wn4       IC            HC

Weekend activities will include Senior Recognition, Saturday evening 50th Celebration, Sunday Alumni Row, and christening of a new men’s eight.

We are happy to report that Erik Frid ’14 placed 2nd overall out of 40 competing in the Spring National Team Speed Order competition for men’s singles on Mercer Lake, New Jersey. Over the 3 days of racing, he qualified from the time trial for 40 entries, then placed 2nd in his heat to advance, then 3rd in the semifinal that same day, to make the grand final. Second place in the grand final is a big step toward this year’s national team and World Championships – congrats to Erik!

Coming next week, results from Saturday and preview of Liberty League and States Championship Regattas.