Fall season is ON!
UChicago Crew has started its fall season in full swing. With the start of the school year, the team has also started their 2016 recruitment season. Novices are already coming to practice at the Lincoln Park lagoon and the varsity squats are preparing for the Head of the Rock, Rowtoberfest, the Chicago Marathon and the Head of the Charles, all later this month.
UChicago Crew wraps up their spring season with a great banquet!
|The UChicago Men.||The UChicago Women.|
On June 1st, the UChicago crew team, parents, alumni and friend gathered at the Grand Ballroom of the Women's athletic club in downtown Chicago for the First Annual Crew Team Gala. The evening included speeches by head coach Trish Brubaker and team president Benjamin Lyo.
The team also honored graduating seniors Mark Sands, James McDonough, Andrew Stier and Leah von Essen, who in turn committed to giving back to the team in years to come. During the Gala, the team held a successful silent auction with great prices like the naming rights to the single used by senior James McDonough during his successful races at ACRA 2015 and ACRA 2016.
At the end of the night, the team gathered for pictures and a toast for a great year of training and racing.
UChicago Crew took the Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational by storm
|The MJV8+ won the Gold medal.||UChicago Crew took back the women's team trophy.|
The Women's team took back the title of best women's team in Illinois with the women's points trophy that had been theirs in 2013, 2014, and is now back in their hands in 2016.
The Varsity Women's 8+ and Varsity Men's 8+ both took home bronze, and both the Varsity Women's 4+ and Varsity Men's 4+ took silvers. The Men's JV8+ took home gold against formidable opponents Illinois Rowing.
UChicago Crew can next be seen at our championship regattas - Dad Vail on May 13-14 in Philadelphia, and ACRA on May 28-29 in Gainesville.
UChicago Women Take 5th Place at 51st Head of the Charles Regatta
|From L to R, in boat order: C Mark Sands, Maddie Quam, Caileen Moran, Ratuja Reddy, and Suzanne Lechner.||UChicago Women's 4+ wins 5th place at the 51st HOCR.|
The University of Chicago Women's 4+, made up of Maddie Quam, Caileen Moran, Ratuja Reddy, and Suzanne Lecher, and coxed by Mark Sands, took 5th place in the Collegiate division at the 51st Head of the Charles.
They defeated teams including University of Cinncinnati, Franklin and Marshall, Clemson, Trinity, Philadelphia, Georgia Tech, Penn State, and Amherst, to name a few. They were 7 seconds ahead of the 6h place team.
With a time of 20:08.09, they were 4 seconds behind 4th place Bowdoin College, 26 seconds off of 3rd place and former champion Barry University, 36 seconds behind 2nd place Nova Southeastern University, and only 0:37.19 behind 1st place University of New Hampshire.
UChicago coxswain Diego Bejarano also made a guest appearance for Lincoln Park Boat Club, coxing one of their women's 4's in the Club division. With a bow number of 41, their boat ended up placing 17th with a time of 20:08.15.
October 14: UChicago Holds Their Own. Lightweight 4+ wins Bronze at Head of the Rock Regatta
|The Men's Open Lightweight 4+ won bronze on Sunday. (L to R: Ryan Kidman, Pablo Oyler, Krishna Mukkavilli, Andrew Xue, and Lincoln Park coxswain Daniel Izguerra)||University of Chicago Crew fight to the finish line at the Head of the Rock.|
Last Saturday, University of Chicago Crew held their own at the Head of the Rock Regatta in Rockford, Illinois against such competitors as Northwestern, Marquette, Purdue, and University of Wisconsin, despite having being on and off the water for a week due to boathouse construction at their Eleanor Street site.
The Men's 4+ raced first, placing 9th out of 20 teams. They were 1:08.44 off 1st place, and were only 4 seconds off of Illinois, beating Marquette with solid 9.5 seconds and Northwestern by 32 seconds.
UChicago Crew had two Women's 4+ entries at the Rock. One, stroked by Maddie Quam, placed 4th after University of Wisconsin, pulling ahead of Drake by 2 seconds, another Wisconsin boat by 15, and Marquette by 53. The other Women's 4+ was head-to-head with Northwestern for almost the entire 5k, losing to them by only 10 seconds in what was a tough, pacing battle for 4.5k, and placing in front of Marquette and Toledo. They lost to Illinois by only 1 second.
The Men's Open Lightweight 4+ won 3rd and a bronze medal, decisively defeating teams such as MSOE, St. Louis U, and Marquette, with a nearly 18 second margin of victory. They were 57 seconds off 1st place Michigan RA and less than 40 seconds off Minnesota.
Later in the day, University of Chicago's 8+ boats took to the water. The Men's 8+ took 12th out of 18, defeating Northwestern by 3 seconds and a Minnesota boat by 20. The Women's 8+ took 5th, defeating Drake in 6th by 17 seconds, and also beating such teams as Marquette, Illinois, and Northwestern.
University of Chicago's first Women's 4+ will be at the Head of the Charles next weekend in Boston, MA.