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Sunday, April 20, 2014

SU Women Out-Race Seeding at Clemson

The No. 18 Syracuse women's rowing team out-performed its seeding in two of three NCAA races on day one of the Clemson Invitational on Saturday.

The Department of Athletics Communications has posted more info on the ongoing Clemson Invite on, including comments from women's head rowing coach Justin Moore.

"To out-race our seeding, finishing with open water on Dartmouth and overlapping decks with Radcliffe," Moore said "This was probably the best race we've had in the O'Leary Cup in quite some time. We had a real barn-burner of a grouping and felt really good about how the team raced." 

To get more of the explanation of how SU out-raced its seeding and see the Sunday racing schedule, click here.

More Info on Goes Trophy

The Department of Athletic Communications has posted more info on yesterday's Goes Trophy on

Recapping yesterday's 1V race, men's head rowing Coach Dave Reischman said that Cornell got out to an early lead: "The crews maintained their positions throughout the duration of the race after Cornell established a lead in the opening 250 meters with Navy second and SU third, though the Orange gained on the Midshipmen in the second half of the race.

"I thought we rowed a good a third 500, Reischman said. "We got down in the second 500. We then made some in-roads into them, but didn't have anything left down the stretch."

Click here to read the full recap and see the boatings.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Raw Results for Clemson Invite and Goes Trophy

Row2k has posted results for today's races involving SU crews. Clearly wind was a factor for both the men's and women's teams.

Clemson Invite

Varsity 8:
Indiana     7:05.80
Washington State     7:06.60
Harvard     7:09.40
Syracuse     7:12.20
Wisconsin     7:14.40
Dartmouth     7:17.20
Iowa     7:31.90

2nd Varsity 8:
Harvard     7:28.20
Indiana     7:31.80
Washington State     7:32.10
Wisconsin     7:33.30
Syracuse     7:36.70
Iowa     7:50.70
Dartmouth     8:00.40

Varsity Four:
Wisconsin     8:19.50
Syracuse     8:27.10
Harvard     8:28.70
Washington State     8:36.00
Iowa     8:41.30
Indiana     8:51.00
Dartmouth     8:55.70

Conditions: Very Strong Head Winds. It was really windy!! WOW

Goes Trophy
Varsity 8:
Cornell     6:01.7
Navy     6:05.0
Syracuse     6:08.3

2nd Varsity 8:
Navy     6:07.1
Cornell     6:12.1
Syracuse     6:14.9

3rd Varsity 8:
Navy     6:25.9
Syracuse     6:28.8
Cornell     6:37.0

4th Varsity 8:
Navy     6:21.9
Syracuse     6:33.2
Cornell     6:36.3

Frosh/Novice 8:
Cornell     6:19.2
Navy     6:29.2

Conditions: Gusting headwind building over the course. Variable and strong gusts in the last 1000m. Water got progressively worse over course. Minimal to no current.

Stay tuned for analysis.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Race Coverage? You're in the Right Place

Scroll down for results and analysis of:

--The Orange Challenge Cup
--The Kittel Cup
--The San Diego Crew Classic

At the bottom of the page, you can click on Older Posts to see:

--The Cornell scrimmage
--The Princeton-Georgetown Scrimmage

The SARA blog is your home for race results, comments by the coaches, photos and video.

The April Orange Oar Is Here!

--The coaches' thoughts as the racing season picks up speed.
--The House of Pain a.k.a. winter training.
--Get to know new SARA President Lynne Pascale.
--Find out what past President Joe Kieffer's secret is.
--What Tom Darling's doing when he's not smashing erg records.
--Who photo bombed the AD? Read the Backsplash.

Click here to read this month's issue.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Listen to the Goes Trophy Race Online or on the Phone

Syracuse Alumni Rowing Association (SARA) is excited to provide live audio broadcasting of Men’s and Women’s  races.  Our announcers follow the races in the chase launches, providing a stroke by stroke account of the races from the start until the finish.

Tiffany Macon '12 kicked off our coverage with the recent Kittel Cup win in Boston.

This weekend Syracuse broadcasting legend John Nicholson '68 will be in the chase boat in Ithaca for the Goes Trophy against host Cornell and Navy.
Here's how to tune in, along with the race schedule:

Via Phone / Conference Line : 
(712) 432-4418    

Via Twitter: Follow the races on for real time updates and results - @SyracuseRowing

Via Internet/ Smart Phone:

Men’s Rowing – Goes Trophy – Ithaca, NY
Syracuse University versus Cornell University and United States Naval Academy

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Race Schedule: 
9:00 3V
9:20 JV
9:40 V
10:00 1F
10:20 4V

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coach's Comments on the San Diego Crew Classic

Syracuse men's rowing head coach Dave Reischman has distributed his post-race report. Here are excerpts:

If you are looking to gain some “six boats across” racing experience and put your crew in to a couple of good battles down the race course you can usually get it in San Diego.  The racing is a two day format with heats on Saturday and Finals on Sunday.

In the heat on Saturday, Cal has an outstanding crew this year and we suspected they would be out front. With some good work early in the race we thought we could control the other crews and finish second. What we did not plan on was one of the guys losing his seat and spending the first six strokes of the start scrambling to climb back on. Better now than later in the year.  I thought the guys did a good job of staying composed and, although we were well down after the start, quickly found a nice rhythm and moved into second about 750m in the race. The cadence was a bit low, 34ish, but there was good length and the boat was moving.  Cal was moving steadily away and we were able to keep our eye on the rest of the crews all the way down the course to finish in second place and advance to the grand final.

Some crews have the experience and skill to row the higher cadences down the race course early in the season and other crews take a while to develop the proper rhythm to do it. Most crews at this race are at 36-37 with some of the “warm weather” crews even rowing 38. Water time in February helps. This crew has very good endurance but we really haven’t done a lot of cadence work yet.  We had a much better start for the final and settled in at 35 spm to try to grind out the middle part of the race.  We were in 6th place coming through the 1000m but still had a good shot at 4th.  The guys really did a nice job in the 3rd 500m to get even with GWU and UBC and come level for fourth with about 500m to go but we spent a lot of energy doing it.  When it came time to sprint we didn’t have the legs left to change the boat speed and we finished 6th just about a 1/3 of a length down on GWU and UBC.  

We will continue to work on developing our racing cadence and we certainly need to have a little more juice off the line.  The last 500m will come as we get closer to Sprints and the IRA. 

All in all a good trip for us.  A special thanks to the San Diego area alums who came out to support us at the race.  Hopefully we can get back to the Crew Classic in the near future!

Next up for us is the Goes Trophy.  We are down in Ithaca this year and both Cornell and Navy have been racing well in the early season.  Racing starts at 9:00 am and you can find directions and other info on the racing as it becomes available at CORNELL ATHLETICS.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Photos of SU's 1V Victory in the Kittel Cup

Thanks to Josh Stratton '01 for these pics. SU is in the far lane.