Category Archives: Spring

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

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.


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

Dad Vail Regatta leaving Philly for New Jersey

The end of an era?


The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA – A college rowing event that has been held in Philadelphia for more than a half-century is moving to New Jersey for 2010.

Spokesman Harry Stinger confirms Tuesday that next May’s Dad Vail Regatta will be held 90 miles northeast of Philadelphia in Rumson, N.J.

Organizers say city costs have doubled and corporate donations have dipped, and Rumson offered to contribute $250,000 to next year’s race. John Ekdahl, mayor of the Monmouth County town, says officials are thrilled and think the event will benefit Rumson and other towns along the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers.

Stinger says the Dad Vail was actually held in Rumson one year in the 1930s. Held in Philadelphia since 1953, the two-day event attracted 122 schools last year and draws about 30,000 to 35,000 spectators.

The original article can be found here.

Update on Alumni Row and BBQ

Times for the Row and BBQ  have been set:

Row: 9 AM, pick up from campus at 8:20AM.  Pick up will likely occur at Henry Crown.

BBQ: 1 PM at the Point.  Remember the days of FREE FOOD? You can live them again!

If you wish to make your own travel arrangements to the row or have any questions, please contact Chris Quintos.

So sign up today!

PS: Did I mention there would be free food at the BBQ?

Dad Vails is just over the horizon!

Don’t forget that May 8-9 is the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. If you are able to attend, or would like to provide housing and/or refreshments for the team, please contact the Parent/Alumni Chair Chris Quintos.

Chicago crew takes medals at CIRC!



Miles Betley

UChicago Crew

UChicago Crew Competes at Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships

Chicago, Illinois, 02/28/09 – This past Saturday at Horner Park on the north side of Chicago, the UChicago men’s and women’s Crews competed at the 11th Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships (CIRC’s), the sole competition for their winter quarter. The Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships draws competitors from Chicago-area clubs such as Lincoln Park Boat Club to as far as Marquette and the University of Iowa, competing on indoor rowing machines to finish 2000m (a little over a mile) in as little time as possible.

Both the men and women’s teams acquitted themselves extremely well at CIRC’s. Garrett Allen, men’s captain Hayden Hudson, and second-year Sean Beyers placed first, second, and fourth in the always competitive Collegiate Open Men’s division. “Winning the Collegiate Open weight was fantastic,” said third-year Garrett Allen, who rowed his 2000m race in 6:26.4, a time that would have placed him 4th in the Open Men’s division. “Though what was even better was seeing that University of Chicago men took several of the top spots in both open and lightweight divisions.” Senior Luke Matthews took second in the Collegiate Lightweight Men’s division with a time of 6:41.4, and first-year John Kohler won the Collegiate Novice Lightweight Men’s division by over six seconds with a 6:54.1.

For the women’s crew, who ended their fall season with a top 15 finish at Head of the Charles, the world’s largest regatta, results were equally impressive. First-years Ariel Pomputius and Annabelle Gonzalez-Aranda placed first and second in the Collegiate Novice Lightweight Women’s division with times of 8:02.0 and 8:33.1, and women’s captain Ngiste Abebe and third-year Sonya Ringer placed third and fourth in the Collegiate Open Women’s division, Abebe just beating Ringer by three seconds with a time of 7:36.4. “It’s so great to see the women’s team having solid performances this year, particularly after last year,” Sonya Ringer said. “The women’s team seemed to be falling apart last year, and it’s exciting to be part of a young, but increasingly strong team this year.”

The men and women’s crews also competed in a 2500m relay, where each competitor rows a 500m leg in a fashion similar to Olympic 4×100 and 4×400 relays in track and field. Both relay teams did very well: the women’s relay team, consisting of Ngiste Abebe, Sonya Ringer, second-year Angela Hwangpo, first-year Chelsea Steffen, and first-year Diana Federova came in a heart-breaking close second in the final 500m after dominating the entire race, losing to the relay team from Marquette University by 0.7 seconds with a time of 8:38.8. Still, the women were optimistic: “I’m really pleased with our relay,” said captain and fourth-year Ngiste Abebe. “We haven’t placed as high as second since my first year.”

The men’s relay team rowed an outstanding race, but still ended up losing to the more experienced club team from Lincoln Park Boat Club, who medaled in the Club 8+ division at Head of the Charles this past October. Garrett Allen, Hayden Hudson, senior Miles Betley, Luke Matthews and Sean Beyers competed for the men’s relay team.

This year’s CIRC’s noted the conspicuous absence of one Chicago stalwart: UChicago’s cross-town rivals Northwestern University. “Not having Northwestern there definitely detracted from the feeling of intensity,” said Ringer. “It’s different having them there than having Marquette, for example, because we actually race Northwestern on the water.” Garrett Allen agreed, saying, “It was unfortunate that we didn’t get to see Northwestern this year, but between Iowa and Marquette there was still enough competition to go around.”

The men’s and women’s crew team plans to start rowing on the Chicago River for their annual spring training in two weeks, and all squads are looking to having a successful spring season. “It was rewarding to witness and be a part of our success this year at CIRC’s,” said senior Hayden Hudson. “This year was a testimony to the strength and promise of our program, and I can’t wait to show that strength off on the water this spring.”