Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If at First You Don't Succeed.....Use a CHAIN SAW!!

2:00pm April 15
 The coaches were getting frustrated and decided to take matters into their own hands.  The one thing we knew for sure was that sitting in the office going over line-ups and arguing over proper technique would get us no closer to actually rowing.  So we went out the river, chain saw in hand, and took those frustrations out on the ice. 
One hour later....
3:00pm April 15
 Tired, smiling and satisfied with our efforts we went back to campus to torture the team for what would hopefully be their last erg workout.  Following the hard workout on the erg we decided to give the team a break and allow the captains to plan something other than rowing/erging for the AM session the next day....bowling it is!

Then this morning.......
8:00am April 16
17 days 'till NERC!

Monday, April 14, 2014 much for the Temp Site

Nick Flynn '15 looking for the ramp
 The Androscoggin River went up a few feet while we were racing in Boston/Worcester over the weekend.  The MV8 hopped into a van immediately following their race with WPI on Sunday and booked it for the farm site (aka, Schrute Farms) to ensure that our docks were safe.  Upon arrival the men went into salvage mode. Another couple feet and we would have lost the dock and two launches all together. 
Next we were off to the boathouse to assess where we were there......not good.  We still have 18" of ice along both shores but we're hoping that today's 65+ temps will clear enough ice to allow us to get in there with the dock.  Only time will tell at this point.
So, for now, it's back to the erg room.

Spirits remain high!

Friday, April 4, 2014

FINALLY!!!! APRIL 3, 2014

MV8 & M2V8 launching
 It's Hard to believe it but we are finally on the water at the Bell Farms temp site.  To give some perspective, last year we were launching from this site on MARCH 6th!  It's great to see that winter is indeed coming to an end and the Bates Erging Team will do their best to adapt to the inconsistent and unpredictable platform known as Competitive Water Rowing.  Wish us luck!
M3V8 & MV4+
 Coach Blum took a nice shot as his crews went by the old launching site at the Durham Town Landing, which, incidentally, looks more like a receding glacier than a boat ramp.

The women's crews will take to the water for the first time this afternoon....we'll follow up with some pictures tomorrow.
Dang it!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Who's Ready For LTA Week??

As the trailer is on its last stretch back to Bates,  indoor spring training officially started and will last until the river has melted. The trip back north has been an uneventful one for the assistant coaches. At the hospitality of Coach Blum's family, the Levy's in Nashville , and Coach Michaela's mom in DC, we were able to avoid the over priced costs of hotel rooms. Thanks!
This week will be a busy one with unloading of the trailer on Wednesday and the Limiting Threshold Assessment Thursday-Saturday. The LTA consists of a variety of tests that will assess the max power, cardio, and endurance of the rowers. This week will be a good way for the athletes to measure just how well they stayed in shape over the winter season.
So until the river melts, the team will be very friendly with the erg room...Here's to another great start to another successful spring season!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Longhorned Cat

The annual Longhorned Cat took place yesterday afternoon. For the team's last practice in Texas, senior captains Jake Sandor and Gabby Bilotta drafted their own teams made up of half men and half women. With mixed boats of two 8+s, a 4+, three 2-s, and a single, team Diesel (Sandor) and team Blum-shocka-locka (Bilotta) raced their last piece on Lake Lady Bird.
After a hectic race around the island, team Diesel came out ahead based on a first-to-last points system. Overall, the fun race was a great way to end the training trip on a high and positive note. Let's keep up the great work as we transition back to indoor training!
As the team flies back home, coaches Blum, Hussey, and Streitfield took off this morning with the trailer...First stop, Nashville,TN.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Scrimmage: Bates vs University of Texas

       Yesterday morning the men's team arranged scrimmage pieces with the Univ. of Texas men's club. The men launched dark and early Tuesday morning and lined up to race Texas' first and second varsity boats.  The Bates top two 8+'s scrimmaged beside UT's first varsity boat in varying length pieces at varying rates. Our 1V maintained a comfortable advantage over the Texas men while the 2V traded with the 1V over the span of the pieces.
       Meanwhile, the Bates 3V comfortably stayed ahead of the Texas men's mixed second 8+.  After all the racing, senior coxswains Jake Sandor and Maggie Carrie agreed, "it was a great reminder of what the spring is all about -- good ol' fashioned boat racin'!" The team is very excited to continue training for the spring season.

Unfortunately, it was too dark to take any pictures during the races....


        This morning was the women's turn to scrimmage against Univ. of Texas with four 4 minute pieces at rates ranging from 28-32spm. Our 1V between the Texas 1V and 2V traded pieces with the 2V and matched the 1V on one piece.  "Once the stroke rating was sorted out, all three crews matched up nicely," said Coach Steenstra.  "Both teams were excited to be racing and the competition was intense." 
The Bobcats' 2V had a nice set of races with the Texas 3V while their 4V was a bit behind the pace. Our 3V faced Texas walk-on novices and the two traded "winning" pieces.  Finally, our women's 4+ proved to have consistent successful pieces throughout the morning. Senior coxswains Molly Huffaker and Gabby Bilotta were more than pleased with the pieces, "the racing was gritty and we were thrilled to see four Bates crews face the Longhorns head on. More important than the results though, were the glimpses of the speed yet to be found."

 The 2V driven by coxswain Molly Huffaker
 The 1V driven by coxswain Gabby Bilotta
 Molly and Gabby discussing the pieces with Coach

Alumni Dinner at Iron Works BBQ

Wednesday night the team gathered at Iron Works BBQ to mingle with a few alumni and thank them for their support. Dressed in khakis and button ups, sun dresses and sandals, the team enjoyed the warm weather and the chance to have Texas BBQ for the night. With a short speech from Coach Steenstra and the captains, the team gave a warm thanks to Jeff Tulis '72 for his endless support.

Again, thank you to Jeff Tulis and all other alumni, as well as assistant Athletic Director, Sue Harriman for her support and pictures over the past two days.