Binghamton Crew had another fantastic year. The team welcomed a change in coaching with former rower Derek Sutcliffe taking over the Varsity Men's squad and Denise Aquino becoming the Varsity Women's coach. Chris Carpenter and Patty Benda continued their positions as the Novice Men and Women coaches. The team was younger this year but nevertheless the team was proved to be competitive. Thus, during the Fall season the team had a strong showing at regattas. The Varsity squads competed at five regattas, which were the Head of the Mohawk, Head of the Genesee, Head of the Fish, Frostbite, and Braxton. Medals were brought home from every regatta except from the Head of the Genesee. The Novice Men and Women debuted at the Head of the Fish and represented the team well. Starting in the Fall season and continuing into the Spring season, sculling was incorporated more into the Varsity squads' regimes which helped move us to become a more complete rowing team.
Winter training was intense and as a result, the team exited having set countless personal records. Records were also set off the erg. On March 16, 2013, the team hosted the 7th Annual John McKenna Memorial 5K. The usage of online registration was introduced and as a result there was a record number of pre-registrants. The race itself was also especially cold this year. Unfortunately, this cold weather continued as team continued the tradition and attended spring training at Camp Bob Cooper down in Summerton, South Carolina. In spite of the horrible weather, the team trained hard. At the end of the week, the team had two scrimmages to show how much improvement had been made. The first scrimmage was against Northwestern University, in which all of the squads had strong showings. The second scrimmage was an inter-squad scrimmage, which proved to be a rather enjoyable showcase of competitiveness and team spirit. After spending a beautiful day in Charleston, the team headed back up to Binghamton prepared for the upcoming racing season.
The first race of the Spring semester was the Metropolitan Regatta held in New Rochelle, NY. The Varsity Men, Novice Men, and Novice Women all brought home medals as testament to their hard work. The following weekend on April 20, 2013, the team hosted the 16th Annual Busfield Regatta. For the first time, a mixed 8+ and double events were added. The conditions were harsh so much so that it seemed as though the boats were fighting against the wind and the waves as much as they were against each other. During the Varsity Men 8+ event, three boats were swamped which led to the cancellation of the rest of the regatta. Needless to say, this was one Busfield that could never be forgotten. The team continued to have a strong showing at the States where the Varsity Men's Lightweight 4+ won second place and the Varsity Men's Heavy Weight 4+ earned third. The team ended on a good note as the Varsity Men's Lightweight 4+ qualified for the semifinals at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta.
The team is looking forward to start of another great season this fall!
What's to come for Binghamton Crew? Check out our event schedule