World Rowing Championships Ends!

What a great event.  Hats off to Sarasota, Nathan Benderson Park and World Rowing.  It was an amazing 8 days of racing.  My favorite races included: watching the young Italian Pair move through the Sinkovic brothers in the last 100 meters, seeing the US women’s pair (both from U. Texas) win silver!, and watching Felice Mueller, the US W1x, win the B Final after being nipped in the semi-final earlier in the week.  Of course the highlight was watching alums Emily Morley ’16 and Erik Frid ’14 compete on the World stage.  GO IC.

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Photo: Watching the Women’s 8+ the final race of the 2017 World Rowing Championship.  All dynasties must come to an end.

I want to make a huge shout out to Alum and 4 year coxswain, Chuck Greenblott ’72 and his wife Shannon who graciously opened their home to me for 10 days.  I was very lucky to have a VERY comfortable place to stay, four dogs to snuggle with and a hostess who took me to the beach for the afternoon on day 9!!! Thank you!  Chuck also contacted his teammates and coach and we spent several evenings and afternoons reliving the beginnings of Ithaca Crew 50 years ago!  All have committed to coming to the celebration in Ithaca, the weekend of April 28th.  Please save the date and start inviting your teammates!

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Worlds Report

Hello again IC Crew community!

We have some updates on our fellow Bombers in Florida: Emily finished with a time of 8:33.01 in Repechage 2 and has a Semifinal race today (September 28th) at 9:50am. Erik Frid and his men’s quad finished with a time of 6:02.24 in Repechage 2 and will race again in the Final on September 30th at 1:20pm. Good luck Bombers and keep rowing fast! Be sure to tune in and cheer Erik and Emily on.

Becky has also continued her efforts to make us all feel like we’re in sunny FL with some more great photos:

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A Becky-eye view of Emily rowing hard

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Erik Frid and the Men’s Quad taking the water

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The beautiful Sarasota, Florida decorated to celebrate all participating nations

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Rowing is like math – a universal language

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Becky’s first glimpse of a gator. Hopefully no one flips in those waters! 

Continue to stay tuned in all of the Worlds action and be sure to cheer on Erik and Emily! Go Bombers!

 

Report from World Rowing Championships

Thanks to Coach Becky’s savvy use of Twitter we have all remained updated on Emily’s progress through Worlds! If you’re not in the “Twitter-verse”, here’s the scoop: Emily finished in her heat with a time of 8:38.57 and will race again tomorrow, September 27th in Repechage 2 (R2) at 11:55am, facing off against USA, China, and Spain. As for our second Ithaca alum Erik Frid, the men’s quad finished with a time of 6:05 and will race again today in Repechage 1 (R1) at 1:20pm. Go Bombers!!

There is no shortage of excitement in Sarasota right now and Becky has been kind enough to share some great photos and stories of all that is happening so far:

 

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Emily was showing her Bomber pride at Worlds during college uni day. It’s almost like she never left! 

 

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Local schools got involved in the fun and had their students study a nation competing at Worlds and design and create a banner for that team. These banners are hung between the parking lot and entrance to the venue in Florida. The students will meet the athletes of their assigned nation on Wednesday.

 

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Team USA’s student-designed banner.

Stay tuned for more great photos and stories from Worlds and don’t forget to tune into Emily and Erik’s races! Updates can be found at worldrowing.com and on IC Crew’s Twitter.

Have fun and row fast in Florida, Bombers!

Ithaca Crew at World Rowing Championships

This year’s World Rowing Championships are being held in sunny Sarasota, Florida from September 24th – October 1st and Ithaca Crew is proud to be involved!

Our Women’s Head Coach Becky Robinson is on her way to FL today to cheer on not one, but two of our very own athletes as they compete in this year’s regatta. Fresh off the waters of Rio, Emily Morley ’16 is off to Florida to represent the Bahamas once again in the Women’s 1x category. Erik Frid ’14 will also be hitting the water in the Men’s 4x representing the U.S.

We are so proud to have our athletes representing their countries and being great examples of hard work, perseverance, and the spirit of Ithaca Crew. We are all rooting for Emily and Erik and wish them the best of luck in their competitions.

Tune into worldrowing.com for live updates on all races, live audio commentary of all races, and live video coverage of all A/B semifinals and A finals. Heats will be drawn Saturday, September 23rd and races begin Sunday, September 24th.

Live updates can also be found on all World Rowing social media:

Twitter: @WorldRowing

Instagram: @worldrowingofficial

Facebook: @WorldRowing

Go Bombers!

Fall Season Underway!

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If this doesn’t show our excitement for the Fall season officially being underway then we don’t know what will!

When our crews returned to the boathouse this August it seemed as though Ithaca’s signature “Fall Chill” was upon us, but South Hill has granted us some unexpected warmth to make those morning practices a little easier to bear!

This year our women’s sweep team welcomed six experienced freshmen to its ranks and has been getting good mileage on the water in preparation for the upcoming head races. After a long row in some summer temperatures on Monday afternoon, the squad treated themselves to a fun trip out onto Cayuga Lake and introduced the new freshmen to Ithaca’s “picture on the lake” tradition as a celebration of some good work. Nothing says you trust your teammates like counting on them to not tip that boat, right?

All of our crews are putting in work every day to prepare for the beginning of the season which kicks off this Sunday for our Sculling team with the Cayuga Sculling Sprints. Next week, our Sweep and Novice women will join the Varsity and Novice men at the Challenge on the Canal in Geneva, NY to kick off their season. We are looking forward to some good races in the coming weeks and hope the warm weather will stick around for just a bit longer!

Stay tuned for race results and hopefully more pictures of our crews in shorts and tanks instead of jackets and pogies.

Go Bombers!