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Carnegie crew team rows to victory

The men’s novice-four team rows down the Muskingum River. The Tartans took first in the 2000-meter race. (credit: Courtesy of Russell Kirmayer  ) The men’s novice-four team rows down the Muskingum River. The Tartans took first in the 2000-meter race. (credit: Courtesy of Russell Kirmayer )

The Carnegie Mellon rowing team showed considerable strength on April 3 at the Marietta Invitational in Marietta, Ohio. The tournament was held on Muskingum River, which runs besides Marietta College. Although they have never raced on these waters before, the Tartans blasted past competitors, putting two boats in first place.

The men’s novice A-boat took first in a 2000-meter race. The boat consisted of four rowers: senior Brian Aebersold and first-years Brendan White, Juan Medina, and Oscar Chahin, rounded out by first-year coxswain Josh Harvey. “It was a good race. We worked hard and outlasted the other crews,” Harvey said after the race.

The women’s varsity A-boat also took first in a 2000-meter race. This boat consisted of rowers junior Emily Lesinski, sophomore Liz Mahaffa, first-year Paige Wilson, and junior Claire Herdeman. Sophomore Gabbi Coloyan coxed for the boat.
Tartan rowing also had an admirable finish in the men’s varsity 2000-meter race, placing second after reaching the finish line in 6:37. The four-man boat consisted of juniors Jonah Coste, Justin Perry, Sean Lubner, and Andrew Kojzar, with junior Nadja Yacker coxing for the Tartans.

Carnegie Mellon also sent a women’s pair to Philadelphia to compete in the 2010 Murphy Cup Regatta. In the heat of battle, the two-person boat rowed strong and raced into first place for their division, crossing the line with a time of 8:13.
The boat consisted of seniors Megan Larcom and Alyssa Fogel.

The team’s recent successes can be attributed to the members’ strong work ethic. The crew team trains twice a day and is out on the Allegheny River in the evening. To prepare for the races, members practice almost every weekend; they practice steady-state rowing, sprints, intervals, and race training.

The crew team looks to uphold its good performance for next week, when the team will be heading to Camden, N.J. to compete in the Knecht Cup.