Crew places 5th, 10th in finals
The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s crew teams participated in the Head of Occoquan in Fairfax, Va. last Saturday along with 25 other East Coast schools — including the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, the U.S. Naval Academy, and Duke — on what is considered to be one of the most challenging courses in the country.
The 6000-meter course was the first away race for the varsity crew teams and the first competitive race for the novice team.
The men’s varsity 4+ took fifth with a time of 18:50, and the women’s varsity team also had a decent finish, taking 10th in 20:45 out of 31 boats for both teams. The race concludes the fall season for the crew teams.
“Our fifth-place finish was an improvement from last year and a good way to end the season,” junior men’s captain Justin Perry said. “Now we know who is still ahead of us, and that will be our motivation to train all winter.”
The Tartans came into this challenging race strong, building off their success from strong finishes at the Head of the Ohio a few weeks back.
The Tartans had boats entered in seven categories that also included men’s and women’s varsity 8+ and men’s lightweight 1X. The men’s team was coxed by graduate student Bryan Cheung and rowed by Perry and juniors Sean Lubner, Jonah Coste, and Ed Burn. The women’s side was coxed by junior Nadja Yacker and is supported by senior rowers Alyssa Fogel and Megan Larcom, junior Claire Herdeman, and first-year Paige Wilson.
Beginner’s luck did not help the men’s novice 4+ team, who managed to finish the race in 23:42 but collided with an opposing boat during the race.
“The race felt really good. We were in a good shape and I think we held our own against the other crews,” sophomore Dmitriy Yakubov of the novice men’s 8+ team said. “I think there is room for improvement and our time could be better, but at the end of the day, I believe everyone in that boat gave all they had to give, and that’s what matters most.”
“The [Head of Occoquan] course was definitely the most challenging course I’ve ever coxed, but the girls in my eight and four were able to power through the turns,” coxswain Gabbi Coloyan noted. “The girls in the four were especially able to crank on the power, and we were able to edge past other boats.”
The crew teams have one scrimmage left against Pittsburgh and Duquesne at Washington’s Landing on the North Shore before they head into winter training.