Entries for this race are due while we are at Camp Bob, Coach Laci will make a limited amount of entries and seat race for those entries. Not everyone who wants to go to this race will be able to participate. Please indicate your interest but do not pay a deposit. You will be informed if you are attending. There are Novice, JV and Varsity sculling 1x, 2x, and 4x's. Load the trailer Thursday, April 19. Bus/vans leaves Friday, Apr 20 at 5:00 am, return Saturday night after racing April 21. Unload trailer upon return. Rigging on April 23 at practice.
John Bennett Regatta, Buffalo, NY – May 5&6, 2012
This is a new race for us. They have 2x's and 4x's as well as sweep events. We will load on Friday, May 4 at practice. We will leave after the SAT testing on Saturday, May 5 for Sunday racing. Team will return on Sunday night, unload trailer. Rigging on May 7 at practice. Everyone can participate.
Top 3 finishing boats in Varsity events at MJRC earn racing seats at the USRowing Youth Nationals. For Midwest, trailer loading on May 17 at practice, 4:00 pm at the boathouse. Athlete transportation leave(s) on Friday, May 18 at 7:00 am. Please arrive to the boathouse by 6:45 am to load into vehicles. The athletes travel directly to the race site. Coaches Lucy and Matt will be driving the SCRC Van and Mr. Shaffer will be driving the SSA athletes. When we arrive to the race site, the athletes unload trailer and practice the race course. Racing is all day Saturday and Sunday, see link to racing schedule below. After the last race on Sunday at 4:15 pm, we load trailer, return to boathouse and unload trailer. We should be home around 10:30 pm if everything is on schedule. Please realize that there may be weather delays or other causes for delays. Rigging on Monday, May 21. Everyone can participate as there are also JV and Novice events.
The tent parents for the trip are Bill and Lori Fox. They will provide food for the athletes at the team tent for Breakfast and Lunch. Please bring spending cash for dinners Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the road home. Please check the SCRC website for what to bring.
Parents attending may make reservations at the Team Hotel:
Parents, please let us know if you are attending and we will connect you with other parents who are for carpool opportunities.
Scrimmage with North Allegheny – May 26, 2012
Scrimmage with North Allegheny at our boathouse from 7:00 am – 12:00. Everyone must participate! Great end of the season event.
USRowing Youth Nationals, Oakridge, TN – June 7-10, 2012
Boats that qualified at Midwest will be eligible to race at this event. Trailer loading on Wednesday, June 6. Team travels on June 5 leaving early in the morning. Team travels home on Sunday, June 10. Rigging on June 11 early in the morning to be available for Summer Camp. For More infomration Click Here.
Row for Humanity
Row for Humanity (R4H) is a national fundraiser between Habitat for Humanity and rowing teams across the USA. The SCRC holds its erg race at Pittsburgh Mills, and gold medals are awarded for each category. Twenty percent of what is raised benefits Habitat For Humanity. In past years, over $40,000 has been raised for Habitat. Locally, SCRC has raised over $1000 for Habitat and $4,000 for SCRC, that has been used to purchase equipment.
C.R.A.S.H.- B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championship
This is considered a world championship event. The Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints is a qualifier for this event. If the qualifying time is achieved at the Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints, then CRASH-B offers free transportation to the event. Crash-B Website
*We do all that we can to keep costs to a minimum. The costs listed for each race is an estimate and will refund if we are able. We also reserve the right to ask for additional fees if we have underestimated. Just a fyi - race cost do go down if there are more participants.
*Junior-level races will be entered solely at the discretion of the Steel City coaching staff. Only those who are enrolled in the spring membership may participate in the spring races. Rowers will be accompanied, in all cases, by Steel City coaching staff. Expenses plus Steel City overhead associated with the race (to include those expenses incurred by the Coaching Staff as outlined below) will be the responsibility of the junior rowers (and families).
*Race fees: All fees associated with a race are calculated and divided up by the number of participants. Based on previous years, an estimate is determined and is included with the membership forms. If we are over or under by more than $15/race we will rebill or reimburse. The fees associated with a race include: race entry fees, coaching and coach's expenses (travel, hotel, etc), Tent parent hotel expenses (if appl), trailer expense (if appl.), food (parent committee supplies tent with food for lunch and all day at the race), athlete hotel (if appl., away races needing hotels always include breakfast), admin (includes coordination & race entries. Admin time increases when forms are not turned in on time or not filled out correctly. To minimize questions, please attend team scheduled meetings and fill out forms by the deadlines.
*If an away race, team members are required to travel with the team as assigned by the coaches and remain with the team at all times. Attendance at all team meetings required.
*Team members are required to stay with the team at all times while at the regatta site. No athletes will be allowed to leave the site.
The coaches work very hard to make sure to put-together winning boats. (When we say “boats” we mean the crew in the boat.) We weigh several factors:
How hard rowers have worked and how consistently they have practiced
Their attitude and respect for the team and their coaches
Their performance—including proper technique, how hard they pull, and ability to blend and work with others.
In addition, we need to do some very complicated work in determining who can actually be available for a particular race. If you are rowing in a single at 9 a.m., will the quad you also want to race need to be at the starting line while you are still rowing in your single? And will we have the right combination of equipment (oars, boat) to even enter that race? Multiply that times two dozen individual races at one event and you can see how tricky it can be to make everyone happy.
This means that you are bound to be disappointed in your boat at least some of the time. This happens to everyone on every team. If it seems that you are consistently in boats that do not challenge you, speak with one of the coaches.
A few days before the race (when the coaches have compiled all of the pertinent information) look for a detailed e-mail from SCRC. It will specify travel arrangements, food arrangements, etc.
Parent volunteers coordinate travel arrangements to races. Most often, we go together in vans. Other times, parents car pool. We usually leave from Verona, but not always.
We typically leave early the morning before the first day of racing and return the evening of the last day of racing—but that varies by the race.
For SCRC rowers, the cost of travel is built-in to the “race fee” you will pay in addition to membership. For W.T. rowers, the school pays for transportation.
Bring your racing clothes. This includes:
SCRC or W.T. unisuit (SCRC sells these; W.T. provides these)
SCRC or W.T. crew shirt (also called “J.L.s”)—SCRC sells these, W.T. provides these)
Jacket (both SCRC and WT have these, for purchase)
sweat pants and sweat shirt, like a hoodie (SCRC sells these)
several changes of socks
hat & gloves, if it is cold
shoes to wear on the dock
pogies, during cold weather (these cover your hands and fit over the oars)
water bottle (not neoprene—the softer ones that won’t damage the boats)
homework, which you can do between races
your race schedule—you are responsible for keeping an eye on the clock to get to the launch site on time, since the coaches are at the launch site, getting each crew ready to go
Parent volunteers coordinate food. The cost of breakfast and lunch at the races is built-in to the race feel you will pay in addition to membership. W.T. rowers—check with the Athletic Director to see if this is included or if you need to chip-in for food.
Some regattas require chaperoned, overnight stays at a motel, typically four rowers per room. Which brings up conduct: It is essential that every rower understand that they represent their family, their school, Steel City Rowing Club, and our region. Therefore, they must behave maturely. The rules of conduct for juniors are specified in the “Junior Contract” that each rower and his/her parent/guardian must sign. Among the key aspects of this agreement are that:
Rowers will be in their rooms by curfew time
No females in male rooms or vice versa—ever.
If rowers violate these or other parts of the contract, their races will be cancelled and they will be sent home.
The cost of hotels is also part of the “race fee” connected with each race.
Typical Race Day & Week
Two days before, we take the rigging off the boats, wash them, and load them onto a large trailer that we take to the race.
Day before, meet at SCRC or other departure point to go together to race
Park trailer, unload boats, rig them
When possible, row the course the day before
Day of the race: arrive at race site at early in the a.m. for meeting with race officials, who will go over rules (can be as early as 6 a.m.)
Weigh-in at a weigh-in tent, for lightweight rowers and coxswains??
Go to launch site with your crew
Check rigging, etc.
Boat is checked-over by race officials. Please plan time to check your equipment for safety items before the race.
Row to starting line
Race to finish line
Row boat back to launch site for other rowers to use
Know when you race and be at the launch site on time, ready to race
Help your crew with whatever they need—which can include running to get an extra oar, etc.
Be respectful of race officials at all times
Each race has different rules. Rules are listed per race on Regatta Central.
Independence Day Results 2012
Men's 1x Light Dash - Matt Maddamma - GOLD
Men's Junior B 1x - Jake Snyder (GMS) GOLD
Open Mixed 2x - Matt and Suz Maddamma - GOLD (45 seconds ahead of the 2nd place boat!)
Men's Junior B 2x - Jake Snyder (GMS) and Ron Bertasi (unaffiliated) - GOLD
Women's Intermediate 1x - Suz Maddamma - 2nd place
1st: 8x-Octuple (Jen Odle, Matt Maddamma, Karla Isenburg, SJ Gottfried, Dominique DeRuebeis, Keith, Langston MacDiarmid, Katie Ashwood, Hunter Wise)
2nd: 8+ (Kiera, Maddy Pollock, Suz Maddamma, Max, Natalie Sebastian, Bill Fox, Wes Fox, Ali Simmons, Shea Minter)
3rd: 8+ (Julia Gasbarro, Dean Cornelia, Josh Siktar, Earl, Jen, Laing Wise, Allison Thai, Clare Mortenson, Christian Mazur)
Canoe Race - Results not known, except that some got wet thanks to Coach Laci's wake!
Youth Nationals Qualifiers 2012
Midwest Junior Rowing Championships (MJRC) went well this year. We had three boats that earned top three finishes in Varsity events at MJRC earn racing seats at the USRowing Youth Nationals. Those boats were:
Varsity W 2x - Maddy Pollock, Alison Simmons- SILVER
Varsity W 4x - Katie Ashwood, Ali Simmons, Maddy Pollock, Sydney Gottfried- BRONZE
Varsity M 2x - Bill Fox, Laing Wise - BRONZE
OTHER OUTSTANDING RESULTS:
Our team is a young team. So it is exciting to see how well our young team is doing in Varsity, 2nd Varsity and Novice Events:
2nd Varsity W 4x - Natalie Sebastian, Kiera Gazica, Lauren Michael, Julia Gasbarro - GOLD
Novice W 4x - Clare Mortenson, Katie Ashwood, Olivia Stokes, Shea Minter- GOLD
Novice W 4x - Tessa Ganassi, Alison Thai, Sophie Wecht, Katie Donnelly - BRONZE
Varsity M 4x - Christian Mazur, Laing Wise, Langston MacDiarmid, Bill Fox
Varsity W 2- Lauren Michael, Sydney Gottfried- 5th
Varsity Lightweight M 2x - Langston MacDairmid, Christian Mazur- 6th
2nd Varsity W 2x - Kiera Gazica, Abby Cox - 6th in the A Final.
Abby rowed with Emily Walczak in the heat on Saturday and they qualified for the final on Sunday. But on Sunday, Emily was unable to row the final so Kiera stepped up to row a 3rd race for the day. Thank you Kiera.
Lightweight V W 2x- Kiera Gazica, Natalie Sebastian - 6th place
Varsity M 1x - Hunter Wise - 5th in Final B (11th overall)
Women's V 2-Emily Walczak, Abby Cox - 4th place in heat, just missing 3rd place. 3rd place would have earned a place in the Final A in the top 6 finishes. They did not run a petite final, a Final B.
Women's V 2x -Clare Mortenson, Julia Gasbarro - 5th in the heat on Sunday, but had the 9th fastest time overall which would have earned them 3rd in any other heat . A third place finish in another heat would have given them the opportunity to race in the B final, placing them in the top 12.
Novice W 4+ - Tessa Ganassi, Sophie Wecht, Shea Minter, Olivia Stokes, Lauren Michael Cox - 7th in the Heat
This race was with novices who have been rowing since fall and are very competitive. Although 7 in heat, the SSA Crew's time was faster than others in other heats. We applaud how far this group of novices have come in such a short time.