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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

$13,000 after 500 Meters in Endowment Annual Campaign

We are 500 hours down (20 days) into our 2,000 hour piece and we have already raised almost $13,000! A special thanks to those from the class of 1965, 1967, 1980 and 2002 for the leadership gifts. We have received 9 donations  that are between $500 and $5,000. So far, we already have 20 separate class years contributing in this year’s SARA Men’s Crew Endowment Annual Campaign. While 8 class year teams are off and racing, we still have 4 class years teams still sitting on the blocks. It is time for everyone to put their oar in the water and get your check book out.

The class years of 1980 – 1984 lead both in number of contributions and dollars contributed. Can anyone catch them (as they were 2 years ago by the class of 1990 – 1994)? Remember shirts for the winning class years. We cross the line on June 18, 2014 at 8am. 

We will continue to give update every 10 days via email and the SARA blog. Below is the link to or address to donate to the SARA Men’s Crew Endowment. If there are any questions, please contact Joe Kieffer ’88 – 267-228-1341  or Thank you in advance for your support of Syracuse Rowing. 
Checks can be made payable to:
Central New York Community Foundation
Memo line: SARA Endowment

And mail to:
Central NY Community Foundation
431 East Fayette Street, Suite 100
Syracuse, New York 13202
Or donate by credit card or bank transfer at:


Goes Trophy Race Report

Men's head rowing coach Dave Reischman has distributed his comments on Saturday's race against Cornell and Navy. Here are some excerpts:

Conditions:  Moderate head wind that became more of a factor in the second 1000m.  All in all a decent day for racing, though.

Varsity Eight:  In our earlier races we were falling behind in the first 250m and our plan was to try to get out and run with Cornell and Navy in the early going.  I thought we did a nice job of that.  At the 500m mark when we started to loose ground to both crews, Cornell was rowing 38 1/2 to 39 spm, with Navy at 37, and our crew at 35 to 35 1/2.  If you were listening to John Nicholson’s call on the internet, you know we made a nice push back into Navy in the 3rd 500m, but we spent a lot of energy doing it.  We couldn’t change our speed anymore in the last 500m and Navy pulled out to a full length by the line.  Cornell was a length in front of them.  As bitter as it is to lose this race I thought it was our best effort down the race course to this point in the season.  We just need to keep finding more speed.

Second Varsity Eight:  This race was a tale of the two thousands for our 2nd varsity crew.  In the first 1000m we came out of the stake boats hard and settled into an aggressive rhythm and did a great job of moving the boat. We just didn’t have the same level of attack in the second 1000m as we did in the first.  Finding the consistency we need to stick a rhythm for the full 2K is going to be a key to this boat moving forward.

Third Varsity Eight: I thought it was a pretty decent battle.  We would cut in to the Navy lead by a few seats and then they would counter back with a move of their own.  We kept on them all the way to the finish and I really liked the effort this crew put in.  Navy usually has very good depth and I was happy to see our young guys stay with them. 

Fourth Varsity Eight:   Navy’s depth really showed in this race as they got out early and kept going down the course.  Our guys looked a little scrambled against Cornell, but then as they started the second 1000m seemed to relax and find their rhythm.  By 500m to go we were even with Cornell and moved through in the last 500m to about 3/4 of a length up on them.   A decent effort from the 4V.

Next Up:   This weekend we race at home against BU and Columbia. You can find directions HERE.

Sunday Results from Clemson Invite

The Department of Athletics Communications has posted the final results and analysis from the weather-shortened Clemson Invite.

After finishing fifth in its first race Sunday morning, Syracuse's top boat, the varsity eight, finished the day with its strongest performance of the weekend, finishing second to No. 15 Wisconsin. The second varsity eight, after a disappointing finish on Saturday, turned in a pair of inspired performances on Sunday, finishing second in both its races. SU's varsity four continued its stellar rowing, winning its only race of the day, while the third varsity eight placed third in its race.

For comments by women's head rowing coach Justin Moore, click here to go to the

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.