News and Announcements
After a successful Fall Season, with both the Varsity Women and Men bringing home medals, the team has jumped head first into winter training. Though we’re all counting down the days until the weather warms up enough for a return to water practices, in the meantime you can find our rowers getting their meters in on campus.
The great thing about Winter Training is the equal focus on physical and mental growth that allows our team members to come back stronger, faster, and more determined in the Spring Season. Whether it be practices in our erg room, running miles around campus, or everyones favorite challenge of completing Library Tower Tuesdays (a quick run up and down 150 flights of stairs), the team is hard at work to ensure we can hold our own at Spring regattas.
Looking forward, the team is only 2 months away from Spring Training in sunny Summerton, South Carolina where the team will be able to translate all our Winter Training progress into our boats.
Welcome Back Binghamton Rowing!
After a few weeks at home, we are ready to jump back into winter training. This is the time where we can be productive and keep ourselves in shape for a strong season ahead of us. First, we want to welcome all of our new novice members. Winter training can be tough, but if you stick through it with your teammates, it can all be worth it when you’re sitting at the catch in a boat, ready to pull through every stroke with your crew.
In addition, as we gear into the back-end of our land training days, I’d like to thank all of our wonderful alumni, parents, and families that help us throughout the entire year. Even while we are in the offseason, the love and support never stop flowing and the team would like to extend an enormous “_Thank You_”!
On that note, we have a ton of exciting races just ahead of us so be sure to mark those calendars as soon as those dates are added to our website! If you are dying to catch the team before then, be sure to check out our McKenna 5k race/walk coming up on March 24th.
Finally, congratulations to our new Executive Board! All seven of you now have the opportunity to leave a lasting impact on this wonderful team. I hope to see great things from you in the coming weeks and after my stay here is over.
That’s all for now, see you in the spring!
Head of the Genesee 2017
October 7th, 2017
On Saturday, October 7th, Binghamton Rowing traveled to Rochester, NY to participate at the Head of the Genesee Regatta. The course was a 5.2k head race characterized by bridges and scenery from the Genesee Valley Park. Crews from all over New York State and parts of Pennsylvania were present including competitive teams such as Ithaca, Clarkson, RIT, Hamilton, and the University of Rochester to name a few.
Racing began with the Men’s Open 4+ event in which Binghamton Rowing had two boats racing. The Men’s A 4+ started the regatta being the first boat to cross the starting line. The boat won gold against some stiff competition, coming in 1st with a time of 18:18.04 over the 5k course and with the second boat placing well in 12th place with a time of 19:43.08. Following the Men’s Open 4+ event, the Women’s Open 4+ event started with representation from one Binghamton boat returning this year with the fastest seed for the race. The Women’s 4+ blew the competition out of the water winning 1st place and beating all other women’s 4+ boats with a time of 20:34.14. For the second year in a row, both the Men’s and Women’s fours swept the competition in their events, a big accomplishment for both squads and for Binghamton Rowing.
Next, in the Men’s Collegiate 8+ event, Binghamton placed in 6th with a time of 18:31.79. This was Morgan Eyler’s debut race as a coxswain for the men’s squad, Great Job Morgan! To finish the day, two boats raced representing Binghamton in the Women’s Collegiate 8+ 1V and 2V events. The first Women’s 8+ crossed the line in 10th place with a time of 21:18.72. The second Binghamton Women’s 8+ raced well in the 2V event coming across the line in 5th with a time of 21:34.99. Great racing was done by all.
Binghamton Rowing will be competing at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA on October 22nd in hopes of retaining up to 3 bids this year.
53rd Head of the Charles Regatta, Here They Come!
After retaining a bid to compete in the Men’s Collegiate 4+ event last year, The Binghamton Rowing Team is proud to announce that they will be sending two entries this year!
Head of the Charles Regatta, or HOCR, is one of the world’s largest races and hosts teams from across the globe. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this year’s regatta will race 2,276 boats across 791 clubs. Not only will hundreds of collegiate teams race at HOCR this year, the USA National Team and other highly regarded clubs will put their rowing prowess to the test as well.
To attend this year’s race, the Men’s A 4+ needed to place in the top half of their heat last year, a feat that they have accomplished for the past two years now. The second entry the men’s team obtained this year was chosen based on a lottery system, and they plan on retaining that bid as well! Their event is scheduled for Sunday, October 22nd at 2:53 pm. You can also check out the Binghamton Women’s Alumni Eight compete the day before, on Saturday, October 21st at 1:18 pm.
Edited on 9/27:
We have just found out that we have been granted an additional entry in the Collegiate Women’s 4+! Boston better watch out because the Binghamton ladies are coming too! Their event is scheduled for Sunday, October 22nd at 3:08 pm.
To see the event live, watch the HOCR Live Stream.
For boat line ups, click here
Welcome to Binghamton Rowing!
Hello novice! We are excited to have each and every one of you on board with us as we strive for another victory-filled year!
For many of you, this is your first year at college and your first experience with rowing so everything may feel a little overwhelming at first. As for college in general, it will get easier soon, I promise. As for rowing, Most of our varsity rowers have never rowed in high school, so don’t feel alone. Rowing is a sport that many people first discover in college and immediately fall in love with. Not only will the bonds you make on this team last forever, your motivation toward fitness and the overall betterment of yourself will improve. If you like working out and being apart of a team that thinks its a family, you have come to the right place.
There’s so much about this team that I wish I could tell you all about but I don’t know where to start. However, you will soon be able to talk to your fellow teammates on the varsity squads and learn about everything from,“how much does a 1st place states trophy weigh?” to, “what is sending a blitz?”. These are questions that we are dying to answer.
We will be assigning you “novice mentors” and groups which will consist of about 4-5 novice and 1 varsity member. She/He will be your go-to person for anything you need. Maybe you guys will even become great friends by the end of the year! No pressure though, we know you hate ice breakers in your dorm hall meetings as much as we do.
We have a few things that you should be aware of.
- You need to be signed up for this website in order to communicate with the team. There is a “Join Team” link on the top-right of the page if you haven’t already. The main part of the website you need to monitor is the “Forum” which is where the executive board, coaches, and teammates post information about practice and races so you need to be checking this once a day for new material. There is no excuse for “not knowing” as this is your only responsibility. I also highly recommend adding your phone number to the SMS notification list. This is under your personal settings in your teampages account.
- There is something we host each year that we call an erg-athon. It consists of rowing 24 hours straight on the same erg (a new person each hour) generally for a charity or a cause and also to fundraise for our team. This year we will be on the “Spine” near the bookstore/clocktower and will be starting Thursday at noon until Friday at noon. Feel free to stop by whenever, and if you are really ambitious, sign up for a spot to table or erg! The link to sign up is on the “forum” part of our webpage.
- You have a swim test at 9:30pm, Wednesday in the west gym pool. Let your coach know if you can’t attend. The only valid excuses are medical-related and emergencies. This is for your safety. Show up and be ready to jump in the pool with a t-shirt and compression shorts (regular shorts would be fine for the test but the goal is to simulate what you would be wearing in the boat).
- Boathouse Orientation Day and Learn-to-Row Day. Friday at 5am we will be meeting PROMPTLY at Mohawk next to the Union/CIW. From there, our most experienced varsity rowers and coxswains will be taking you to the boathouse in Owego in order to show you all the safety procedures and basic knowledge you need before actually stepping into a boat. Learn-to-Row day will take place Saturday at around 9am (time TBD) and will consist of getting everyone a chance to row for the first time!
I am very excited to meet you all soon! If you have any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll help you out with whatever you need.
-Andre Skala, Co-President