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.

June 4: UChicago Crew has wrapped up their spring season!

WN8+James McDonough after medaling at Nationals - photo thanks to row2k.comUChicago Crew Seniors

On the weekend of May 8th and 9th, University of Chicago Crew brought the Women's V4+, the Men's Light V4+, a Women's V2-, and both the Men's and Women's Novice 8+s, to the 77th Dad Vail Regatta. Both Annie Lee ('16) and Pamela Yeshewas ('15) in the Women's Pair and the Women's V4+ moved on through their first heats into semi-finals, and all boats had good races and a good overall regatta in Philadelphia.

On the weekend of May 23rd, University of Chicago Crew took ACRA in Gainesville, GA. All of our boats had spectacular showings. The Men's LV4+ made their Nationals Grand Final, and the Women's N8+ came within 0.7 seconds of making their own. Jimmy McDonough in particular made waves for UChicago, winning silver in the Men's Single.

UChicago Crew is now winding down their Spring season. At their banquet at the Currency Exchange cafe last weekend, the team said a tearful goodbye with many great memories to six graduating seniors, four of whom have spent their entire college careers on the team: Sara Mohr, Dan Cioffi, Ariel Stevenson, Pamela Yeshewas, Emily Anagnostos, and Holly Zaharchuk. Now, the team is looking forward to the next Fall, preseason, and recruiting season, for a new wave of novices and a new year for UChicago Crew.

April 18: Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational


Last Saturday, UChicago Crew attended the Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational: the state championships hosted by the University of Illinois crew team. The team had great overall team success, coming away with gold medal wins for the men's JV8+, the women's V4+, and the women's V8+; silver medal accolades for the women's JV8+ and the men's lightweight 4+; and bronze medals for the women's lightweight 4+. UChicago Crew placed 2nd in overall points at the regatta next to University of Illinois, followed by DePaul, Northwestern, and Marquette, among others, as well as 2nd in women's team points and 3rd in men's team points.

Next week on April 25th the team will travel to Ypsilanti, Michigan for the 47th MACRA Championship regatta.

April 4: University of Illinois Scrimmage

On Saturday, April 4, UChicago matched up against the University of Illinois crew team members who were in Chicago for their spring break for a friendly scrimmage at Lincoln Park Rowing Club. The scrimmage consisted of a series of 1k sprints, serving to test line-ups and get in race time for both teams as the Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational looms only two weekends away.

The sprints were very successful and full of enthusiasm, the two teams competing head to head with the Chicago skyline as the backdrop on a warm, windy spring day. The novice women's 8+'s were head to head for all 1000 m before U of I took the lead by a nose just at the finish line. UChicago took the women's varsity 4+ race and the men's novice 8+, while U of I won the women's JV 8+ 1k as well as the men's novice 4+. Line-ups on both sides were somewhat thrown together and included some mixed boats in order to get in as many runs as possible, but it was a competitive and fruitful day for both teams.

On April 11, UChicago Crew will take to the water in Aurora, IL in the Fox River Race, a scrimmage against DePaul, Wheaton, and Wash U.

WV4+ Places 2nd at the 50th Anniversary Head of the Charles Regatta

On October 18th, the University of Chicago Crew sent two boats to compete in the collegiate division at the Head of the Charles Regatta, a Men's Varsity 4+ and a Women's Varsity 4+. Although the men unfortunately faced conditions that resulted in time penalties, the women's boat overcame a strong field to earn a 2nd place finish.

The women's 4+ is particularly grateful for all the support received from the many alumni, friends and family who watched at home or who came to Boston to cheer Chicago Crew on in person.

Early Fall Update

This year's novice recruitment is already well under way! We have a new, big group of novices who left their O-Week activities to join us this past week to learn how to row on the dock with Maggie Daley, our women's novice coach, and our new men's novice coach, Brian Hughes. Some experienced novices have joined the team as well, and have gotten the chance to row with the varsity during our more standard practice days.

Meanwhile, the Varsity squad is looking forward to an exciting season with upcoming competition at the Head of the Rock in Rockford, Illinois and of course the 50th Anniversary Head of the Charles in Boston, Massachusetts.

1st Recruitment Cycle: September 2014

Interested in being in the best shape of your life, getting more done before 9am than most people do all day and spending time with an awesome community of competitors?

University of Chicago Crew Novice Practices start Wednesday of OWeek with pickups from Henry Crown Field House at 9:30am.

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14th Annual Milwaukee River Challenge

On September 20th, the University of Chicago Crew traveled to Wisconsin for the Milwaukee River Challenge. There, the women's team had strong finishes, with the WV4+ placing 3rd and the WV8+ finishing 7th. Unfortunately, due to dangerous weather conditions, the MV4+ was not able to compete.