UCRC Medals at Head of the Hooch 2022
November 16, 2022
Our Fall regatta season came to a close at the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, TN. This prestigious regatta presented us with the fiercest competition yet and the opportunity to see how we stacked up against boats from clubs all across the country.
Over the course of two days, the University of Cincinnati Rowing Club (UCRC) raced 6 boats down the 4,700 meter course along the Tennessee River. Despite the immense competition, two of our boats brought home medals.
Women’s Novice Open 4+ Event
The novice women medaled once again! Out of 22 boats, they placed third in the Women’s Novice 4+ event with a time of 20:32:943. Following the same line-up as Speakmon, they had freshman Laura Moser in stroke seat followed by freshman Katrina Schneider, sophomore Taegan Phelps, and Molly Moser in bow seat. Senior Kathryn “Kat” Alvarez coxed. This brings these ladies’ first season of rowing together to an end with 3 well-deserved medals and a lot to look forward to in their upcoming years.
Women's Varsity 2x
The Women’s Varsity 2x was the second UCRC boat to medal at this regatta. Taking third out of six, these ladies claimed their bronze medals. Junior Erin Day and senior Rose Saalman transitioned from their pair to the double with a very quick turn around for this event.
Our Alumni kicked off the weekend by medaling in the first event of the regatta. With Cody Webken in stroke, the Alumni Men’s 4x took first place by almost 20 seconds! Head Coach Brian Pack also took part in driving this boat to a win.
The Men’s Championship 2x took home two big wins for Cincinnati. Previous coach, alumni, and coastal world champ Chris Bak placed in second while rowing for Next Level. 9.213 seconds behind him was our alumni and previous coach, Cody Webken and Tristan Hite, placing in third.
UCRC alumni came back on Sunday and strove for the medals once again in the Men’s Championship Lightweight 1x with Tristan Hite finishing second and Cody Webken in third. Cody proved that every fraction of a second counts, beating out fourth place by 0.284 seconds. Now that is close!
Megan Urbanic put in the work for the ladies Alumni, placing in second in the Women’s Championship Lightweight 1x.
Other medals included third place in the Women’s Masters 4x, first in the Mixed Open 8+, and third in the Men’s Masters 4x.
UCRC is proud to see our Alumni continue to grow and succeed in such a competitive environment. As shown, Hooch was a great ending to the outdoor season for them.
We are incredibly proud of all the hard work our athletes have put in this season. This weekend truly tested our skills and stamina against competitors from all across the United States, but we made great strides as a team.
UCRC will spend as much time as weather permits on the water in the next week. We then head indoors to begin winter training to build our strength and speed ahead of spring racing!
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