Cincinnati Regatta Results

The Commodores continued to find success in a different field of competition at the Cincinnati Regatta on April 6. Vanderbilt crews saw more Northern and Midwest teams against which to test speed.

Varsity and Novice athletes alike returned to Nashville with medals. The novice Women’s 8+ took home their first GOLD! Vanderbilt won the Women’s pair and placed second and third in the Men’s pair in the morning. The Novice Men’s 8+ and the Varsity Women’s 4+ placed second in their finals after winning their heats. The novice 4+s both placed in their heats to advance to strong performances in the finals. Some of the highlights are below:

Women’s Novice 8+: 1st place
Women’s Varsity 2-: 1st place
Men’s Novice 8+: 2nd place
Women’s Varsity 4+: 2nd place
Men’s Varsity 2-: 2nd and 3rd place
Women’s Novice 4+: 3rd place
Men’s Novice 4+: 4th place

Novice Women's 8+ take home the gold!

Look for us at SIRA Championship Regatta April 18 through 19!

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John Hunter Regatta Results

Vanderbilt Rowing had another successful venture to Gainesville, Georgia on March 29. The Commodores found new speed racing with as many as seven boats across at John Hunter Regatta.

Both the Men’s and Women’s Varsity 4+ won their morning heats, ensuring their advance to the finals in the afternoon. The novice rowers enjoyed racing in both 8+’s and 4+’s. Their events were flight-style with no final, and the Commodore novice crews placed strongly overall. Crews on both the Men’s and Women’s sides saw new competition and brought their racing abilities to another level. We were excited to bring home many medals! A special congrats to our Varsity Women’s 4+ for winning first place overall out of 20 boats!

Overall results:

Women’s Varsity 4+: 1st place
Men’s Varsity 4+: 6th place
Women’s Novice 8+: 2nd place
Men’s Novice 8+: 4th place
Women’s Novice 4+’s: 2nd place and 6th place
Men’s Novice 4+’s: 2nd place and 3rd place
Women’s JV 4+: 3rd place

This weekend we’ll be racing in Ohio at the Cincinnati Regatta.  Come out and cheer us on!

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Tulane Invite

We had a great time in New Orleans at our first race of the Spring!  Races were dual style against Tulane Crew, and Rice even joined us for a few events!  The day ended with a crawfish boil hosted by the Tulane Rowing Team.  Check out a full list of results at

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Spring Break 2014

Spring Break 2014 was a challenging, productive, and rewarding week of training on the water! The team practiced hard all week, rowing twice a day on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia.  Each squad saw improvement with every workout, which is the mark of an exceptional training trip. We greatly appreciated the help of our guest coaches (Jon Miller, Joey Krakowiak, and Sam Fraifeld) and the insight they brought to the water every day. We were also extremely excited to finally row in our brand new fours! A big thanks to all our donors who made that purchase possible!

Another highlight, aside from all the rowers rowing, was the annual Coxswain Row! The stakes were high as four of our coxswains reversed roles and let freshman Connor Donahue boss them around. Check out our Facebook page for video highlights! Another Spring Break Tradition– the Head of the Chocolate Bunny was held on Friday afternoon and it was quite the event!  In this annual head race of about 7000 meters, the squads compete against each other, with a staggered start, to see who will cross the finish line first. Congrats to the Novice Women’s 8+ who took home the 2014 Chocolate Bunny!

The week wrapped up with a scrimmage against Loyola Marymount and Michigan, a competitive finish to a tiring but fun-filled trip. We can’t wait to bring all our hard work into spring racing!

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Commodore 500 Cup

Congrats to winners of the 2014 Commodore 500 Cup, Mike Levin and Yuna Pyun!  These rowers first raced two 500m pieces in heats and semis to make it to the grand final of the Commodore Cup. They then raced four 500m races against their teammates, and they came out on top by having the fastest average 500m time over the four pieces!  Congrats!

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Fun in Fort Walton

Over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day long weekend Vanderbilt Rowing escaped the frigid Nashville winter for a few glorious days in the Florida sunshine. We got to step out of the erg room and get back in the boat for five practices on the water. It was an especially helpful weekend for our ten new novice rowers and coxswains who got to be in a boat for the first time! Having some water time in the middle of winter is so valuable in reminding all of us why we’re working so hard on the erg. Although Florida was a lot of hard work knocking the rust off of our rowing technique, it was also a great time for team bonding. On Sunday we squeezed both of our practices into the morning hours, and in the afternoon the whole team went to the beach for some fun in the Florida sun! There was frisbee, swimming, snacks, and a beautiful sunset. We can’t wait for Spring Break to get more 24/7 team bonding!

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Winter Training Update

To round out our fall season, Vandy competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta and the Head of the Hooch and then closed out the season with a scrimmage in Cincinnati. Since then, we’ve hit the ergs hard and are now in the middle of our intensive winter training season. Each January for the first workout after winter break, Vanderbilt Rowing holds an intrasquad competition in which the rowers row continuously for one hour, trying to cover the most meters possible. In the past, the rowers have bet shirts against coaches, betting that they could beat their coach’s distance; however, this year each rower bet a shirt against the seniors on their squad. The seniors’ meters were averaged, and any rower that beat their average could select a shirt of the seniors’ to take from them. For every rower the seniors beat, though, they won that rower’s shirt. On the women’s side congrats to varsity oarsman Katie Chrisman and novice rower Yuna Pyun, who beat seniors Whitney Sterling and Elisa Marks, and took home some new shirts! Also a big congrats to the senior women who took home many of their teammates’ shirts. On the men’s side, not only did Mike Levin beat the seniors and win a shirt, but he also set the men’s Hour record, beating previous coaches as well. A big congrats to Mike Levin and also to seniors Michael Zhou and Joe Craver who took home many shirts! Stay tuned this winter for results of our annual Commodore 500 and later on for the results of winter Olympiad. Also be sure to check out our updated spring racing schedule!

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Chattanooga Head Race

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Over Fall Break, Vanderbilt Rowing’s Varsity squads traveled to Chattanooga, TN to compete at the 21st Chattanooga Head Race. It was an exciting weekend of racing in small boats and good preparation for Head of the Charles next weekend. A special congrats to the Varsity Men’s 4+ and the Varsity Men’s 2- who brought home bronze medals!
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Congrats, Coach!

A big congrats goes out to Vanderbilt Rowing Head Coach, Lindsay Chatfield!  This Saturday, she was presented with the American Collegiate Rowing Association Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year Award for her work with Vanderbilt Rowing in the 2012-2013 season.  Lindsay led her squad to medal in three events at ACRA and brought home the 2013 ACRA Small Boats Women’s Team Points Trophy in its first year awarded.

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Parents’ Weekend at the Lake

This past weekend, Vanderbilt Rowing hosted a Parents’ Day at the lake to introduce Vandy Rowing parents to this incredible sport!  The parents got to see their sons and daughters out on the water rowing, and they even got a chance to learn how to row out on our barge too!  Besides the great fun on the water Saturday morning, Vanderbilt Rowing also held a naming ceremony for one of our eight-man racing shells.  Current Head Coach Lindsay Chatfield was joined by former Head Coach Jon Miller to dedicate the Dr. Jack Tauscher.  Dr. Tauscher, father of Vandy Crew alumnus Rob Tauscher, has been an incredible supporter of Vanderbilt Rowing over the past four years, and we are so glad to be able to express our gratitude for his generosity.

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