Crew shines at championships

The Carnegie Mellon crew team once again hit the water after a break from last semester’s Head of the Occoquan meet, this time participating in the 18th annual Pittsburgh Indoor Rowing Championships. The rowers’ hard winter training paid off. The crew team took the top spots in many of the events to earn an overall second place with 102 points, only 18 behind the winner, the University of Pittsburgh.

The Tartans took the top spot in the open mixed six-person relay, crossing the finish line of the 3000-meter course in 9:46.40.

Other notable highlights included senior Megan Larcom’s and junior Claire Herdeman’s taking third and fourth for the lightweight open women’s event and a top-three domination of the lightweight open men’s event, with juniors Jonah Coste, Edward Burns, and Sean Lubner at first through third, respectively.

First-year Russell Kirmayer was optimistic about his team’s results, and has high hopes for the future. “Overall we did excellently. We might not have won when comparing points, but as a team we had many excellent times, and many people, including myself, improved their 2000-meter time by a significant amount,” Kirmayer noted. “At Heart Attack on the 27th, I’m hoping we will do just as well and win the majority of races like we did at the indoor races last weekend. As a novice team, we are doing two workouts a day and making sure we stay flexible with yoga sessions, and overall we are trying to stay healthy and not overwork ourselves too much.”

Tartan excellence did not stop at the varsity level. In the novice category, junior Brian Aebersold took first in the 2000-meter open novice men’s event, rowing to a finish in 6:34.10. First-year Brendan White nabbed a solid victory as well, with a 6:54.60 time in the lightweight open novice men’s contest.

The crew team will take a three-week hiatus as the members prepare for the Carnegie Mellon Heart Attack Indoor Sprints, an indoor meet joined by the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, and several other university-level rowing clubs, set to take place in Wiegand Gym on Feb. 27.