By: Peter Schmidt
Two weeks ago, forty-four rowers represented Riverside at the 2016 Crash B World Indoor Rowing Championship. For many, Crash Bs is an opportunity to see (and maybe show others) the culmination of all of the hours logged on the erg over the winter. For others, Crash Bs marks the end of the erging season, or at least that the end is in sight. Whatever Crash Bs means to you, the rowers from Riverside went out and attacked their pieces with goals in mind and the tenacity to achieve them.
Some of the highlights from Crash Bs include our very own club president, Mike Farry, bringing home the hammer in the Masters Lightweight Category with a time of 6:15.8. Lidia Rosenbaum, racing in the Veteran Lightweight Women (65-69) also brought home a hammer with a time of 8:14.4. Lidia just started rowing two years ago and when I asked her about the race, she had this to say: “It was tough! When I finished I was too weak to get my feet out of the foot stretchers, I wanted to ask my cox for help, but I couldn’t talk either. But hours later, I was already thinking about next year.” Supporting member Barbara Hogan raced as a Carnegie Laker that day, also won a hammer in the Lightweight Veteran 70-74 age group.
Another Riverside rower that nearly came away with a hammer as well was HPG rower Lily Keane, who took second in the Open Women category. This being her first 2k of the season, she wasn’t quite sure where she was at speed wise so she went out with the same race plan as last year and was able to come away with a PR. Talking to Lily she said that she was “both relieved to have PR’d but at the same time disappointed by the margin of 1.1 seconds.” Always hungry for more, spoken like a true rower. Some of the other highlights from the regatta include Alix Chrumka taking 5th in the Open Women category, Jillian Zieff taking 5th in the Lightweight Women Category, and Andrew Hashway taking 12th in the Masters Men Category.
It was a good day for all rowers, either coming away with PRs or a new learning experience to let them know where they’re at and what they need to do to get where they want to be. When I asked Mike Farry about his experience at Crash Bs and his bringing back a hammer, he had this to say: “CRASH-Bs is an incredible experience. 2K erg tests seem simple, but they’re not when you have a thousand people yelling from all directions, it’s 80 degrees on the floor of Agganis, and you have elite-level people setting a blazing pace next to you. This year, I was fortunate to come away with a hammer. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the environment provided by the members at RBC. That sentiment is almost stale because people say it so often, but there’s a good reason for it: it’s true. No matter what your dream is, you can achieve it at Riverside.”
“This year, I was fortunate to come away with a hammer. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the environment provided by the members at RBC. That sentiment is almost stale because people say it so often, but there’s a good reason for it: it’s true. No matter what your dream is, you can achieve it at Riverside.”
-President Mike Farry
Now with spring right on our doorstep, we can start working on applying all the power we developed on the erg on the water. Looking forward to seeing everyone out on the river. A full list of all Riverside athletes that competed at Crash Bs can be found below.
Emmet Dunn McMartin*
*Raced as Brookline High School
**Raced as Carnegie Lakers