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Another medal at ACRAs

The lightweight varsity men have done it again, placing 2nd this past weekend at ACRAs. They lost to the University of Michigan by a mere 3 seconds, with a final total time of 6:45.7. The boat was composed of third years John Kohler, Sasha Ostapenko, Kenny Oshita, and Emily Lo (coxswain), and second year Dhruv Kedar. This is the same boat that took third at Dad Vails the previous week. See a video of their final race here.

The rest of the team also had excellent performances! The varsity women’s boat placed third in heats to compete in semi-finals and then fifth to go on to the petite finals. Their boat, composed entirely of lightweights, competed in the heavyweight category and represented UChicago Crew well. The varsity women’s boat was made up of third year Aurelie Merlo, and second years Sophia Arabadjis, Emily Chen, Sarah Granger, and Anna Arsenault (coxswain).
Both of our novice boats had good races as well. The novice men’s boat, made up of first years John Fallon, Alex Murray, Hans Glick, Matt Xu, and Garrett Chado (coxswain) fought their way into semi-finals and moved on to the petite finals. The novice women’s boat, filled by third year Krista Kaput, and first years Erin Ferguson, Won Huh, Kathy Stewart and Rachel Richman (coxswain) moved on from heats to petite finals where they came in second in their heat. It was a great weekend for racing for everyone!
Don’t forget, the alumni row and BBQ is coming up this weekend! If you weren’t able to sign up on-line, please shoot me an e-mail if you are able to attend. The BBQ will be held at the point on Saturday from 2-4pm. The row will be held at our rowing site on Sunday morning, 8:30am-11am. If you have any questions or comments about either of these events, please let me know!
Chelsea Steffen

National Learn to Row Day

This Saturday!

Help UChicago Crew Win $10K!

In true UChicago fashion, the crew team has taken an imaginative  turn in their fundraising efforts, entering in a $10,ooo photo contest sponsored by Chipotle restaurants. They are in the finals and currently in the lead! Voting ends on Sunday, May 22. It will take you about a minute or so and will benefit the team.

Click here to vote!

Team takes medal at Dad Vail Regatta

GREAT NEWS! The UChicago men’s varsity lightweight four placed third at the Dad Vail Regatta with a time of 6:46.56. This is the first Chicago boat to medal at Vails in around 30 years. I have heard rumors that the last boat(s) to do this may have been back in the late seventies or early eighties. Way to go guys!!! This is a major accomplishment and something worth celebrating at the annual Row & BBQ this year. Remember, that’s June 4-5 this year.

You can view a photo album of this year’s Dad Vail races here.

Alumni Row & BBQ: June 4-5, 2011

Time to start making plans to attend the annual Alumni Row & BBQ, which will take place in Chicago June 4-5. The BBQ will be held in the afternoon on June 4, with the row the following Sunday morning. We’ve got some big news to announce and the launch of a major fundraising campaign. For the Class of 2001, this will be… our 10 year reunion. Are you coming? Hope to see you there!


Just a quick note to any alumni who might be thinking of heading to Indianapolis this weekend to cheer the team on: MACRAs has been moved to Grand Rapids, MI due to weather making Indianapolis’ site unrowable.¬† They will be racing in Bass River Park, Ottawa County. There is no revised schedule as of yet, but races will probably start around 8am.

Please contact Chelsea Steffen if you need further directions chelsea(dot)steffen(at)gmail(dot)com

2011 Virtual Team Challenge starts tomorrow!

The Concept 2 Virtual Team Challenge starts tomorrow! Last year we fielded a team of 16 alumni for a total of 1.2 million meters. This year’s aim is to reach a mere 2 million. Every bit counts, so sign up today and get your erg on. Registration closes Jan 15. Make sure you’re registered for it as part of the U Chicago Alumni Crew.

We can’t reach 2 million without you. Hop on that erg and fight the battle of the bulge!