Doubleheader for crew shows success

From east to west Pennsylvania, the Carnegie Mellon rowing club proved a force to be reckoned with as it recorded strong performances in two 2000-meter races — the Murphy Cup Regatta held in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill River last Saturday and the University Athletic Association (UAA) Regatta held at Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park north of Pittsburgh yesterday.

Despite optimal weather conditions the previous day, Saturday proved to be cold and cloudy, although not too windy, which made it hard for the rowers to warm up between events. With numerous East Coast schools in attendance, the Murphy Cup proved to be a success for the Tartans, as the men’s lightweight varsity 4+ team of senior Brian McGraw and sophomores Justin Perry, Sean Lubner, and Ed Burns claimed first place with a time of 7:02.26, finishing ahead of NY Maritime, University of Pittsburgh, and St. Joseph’s University.

“In the heats, we had a lot of power, but we didn’t have a good rhythm,” Burs said. “So although we were able to scrape through to finals, we knew it wasn’t going to be enough if we didn’t row together and with power. Luckily, we managed to get it together on the warm-up before the final. I think it’d be an understatement to say we were very happy about the race.”

The women’s varsity 8+ brought home a third-place finish in a time of 7:40.42.

The women’s varsity pairs of seniors Natalie Weir and Judith Vogel claimed first place, with juniors Megan Larcom and Alyssa Fogel taking second and sophomore Hilary Baribeau and senior Danielle Millet finishing fourth.

“It was definitely tough for [the duo], being the first race of the season,” Weir said. “But we had great competition and we’re happy with how the race turned out — it gave us a good benchmark of where we’re at and where we need to improve.” Weir and Vogel also went on to win the same race at the UAA regatta yesterday.

To conclude the regatta for the Tartans, the novice men’s 4+ team of first-years Chris Burchhardt, Grant Wilson, and Brice Relaford; sophomore Jonah Coste; and first-year coxswain Chris Shellhamer brought home fourth in a time of 7:23.78.

The less-than-desirable weather carried over to Sunday’s races, even delaying starts an hour due to thunder and lighting. Once the races commenced, the conditions only got worse as the wind created turbulence on the water and one of the Tartan pairs flipped their boat. Overall, the rowers were not satisfied with their performances, but the Tartans still managed to record notable wins. Weir and Vogel tallied another varsity pair first-place win, and the men’s varsity lightweight four with the same rowers as the previous day also claimed third.

Carnegie Mellon presented the Milikowsky Cup to the winning men’s lightweight 4+ team from Washington University in St. Louis. The cup is given in honor of late Carnegie Mellon novice coach Jonathan Milikowsky, who died of cancer at the age of 23.

The team will compete in the Car-Du-Pitt Regatta at Washington’s Landing this Saturday.