Thanksgiving is over and, while the stores are readying themselves for Christmas, we, amongst the alumni, look beyond this minor celebration and focus on the most important holiday season of all: the January Virtual Erg Challenge. Every year we compete against the Spartan Alumni Rowing Association from Case Western Reserve and a team fielded by the University of Chicago Varsity with a little trash talk on the side to make things fun. If you haven’t participated in the past, create your logbook at the Concept 2 website and start logging meters (its on the honor system, cheating would be kind of pathetic):
Don’t forget to add yourself to our team, U Chicago Alumni Crew. If you’ve done the challenge in the past, don’t forget to activate your logbook for this years challenge. Concept 2 is jumping the shark and trying to run challenges all year round, so feel free to get in practice during the “Holiday Challenge” which is a non-team event that runs now through 12/26. January is all that really counts. We’ve been growing in participation since it started in January of 2006. It would be awesome if we could reach new records in numbers of rowers and meters rowed!
In other news, the men’s alumni team was fortunate enough to get into Philly just ahead of Sandy and pull together for a swift race in the Open Men’s Club Eights at the Head of the Schuylkill. The weather, at least for the time we were on the water, was terrific. This was the sixth year that we’ve fielded an alumni boat, which seems like a pretty amazing thing. Over the years that we’ve been doing this, there have been rowers in the boat who I wouldn’t have known, but for rowing with them at this race. I think it reminds all involved that it’s a fantastic thing to row a boat together. Anything that you might think of one another before the race, good or bad, goes out the door in the course of the event and at the end there’s little left except for the unity of having completed the race together, knowing that could not have been accomplished without every one in that boat. Again, that’s pretty amazing. But, we, being former U of C rowers, are not satisfied. We’d very much like to get more people involved for next year. John Bretscher AB ’83 put forward the idea of helping to subsidize a boat of younger rowers next year and a number of alumni have signed on. So, if you’ve been thinking about it in the past, think on it a little more in the future and get in touch as the time for next years Schuylkill draws closer.
Albert A. Bowers AB ’01
Alumni Eight at Head of the Schuylkill 2009. Top row (l-r): Chris Phillips, Dan Carney, Jeff Hreben, Matt Healy, Mike McGowan, Chris Noto. Bottom row: Albert Bowers, Seth Hillbrand, Lissa Krawczyk.
This past weekend an alumni men’s eight competed in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, PA. Through wet conditions and a rapid warm up on the way to the start, our boat crossed the finish line with a time of 16:54, coming in 29th out of 30 (beating University of Delaware). Not bad considering we were racing all young-uns. The official lineup from stern to bow:
Lissa Krawczyk (cox), AB’03
Albert Bowers, AB’01
Mike McGowan, AB’03
Matt Healy, Brooks’99
Chris Noto, SB’01
Dan Carney, AB’01
Jeff Hreben, AB’05
Chris Phillips, AB’02
Seth Hillbrand, AB’00
Great job everyone, and special thanks to Lissa for stepping up on short notice!
Is there a race somewhere you’d like to organize an alumni boat for racing? Let us know!
For those of you unfamiliar with this race, we’ve put together alumni boats to race in the Head of the Schuylkill for the past few years. It’s always a lot of fun and a great way to meet new alumni or reconnect with old friends.
The following is a message from Albert Bowers, our perennial race organizer:
Right, so, registration has opened for the Head of the Schuylkill. It’s still over 2 months away, but we’ve gotten a fair amount of new interest and I know that some of those who rowed with us before already know that they’re going to be otherwise engaged during race weekend. Plus we’ve got to make sure we’ve got a boat and everything else. So let’s get it started.
Who’s in for this years Schuylkill? Men’s open club eights race on Saturday 10/24 and all master’s events are raced on Sunday 10/25. If there were sufficient interest we could field boats on both days. Likely it would still be best to try to get in a practice on the Friday. E-mail me as soon as possible and let me know if you’re in or out and, in general, if you’re in good health.
Also, if you know anybody from the team who might be interested in rowing, who I have not included on this list, please forward them the e-mail. I know Jeff Hreben is interested, but I don’t have his contact info. It would be great if we could get some of the newer alums into a boat if possible. So, if anyone (perhaps Chris Quintos) is capable of passing on this e-mail to them, that would be great.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
-Albert A. Bowers BA ’01
Contact Albert if you are interested in participating. I hope to take part this year and encourage you to do so, too!