Time for the 2007 LiveStrong Challenge

Eleven of us rode last year and it was incredible. Please consider donating as more than 25 of us ride to raise money to fight cancer and to honor the memory of friends and loved ones lost to this terrible disease.

http://philly07.livestrong.org/mccune4mili

Kathleen also has a page:

http://philly07.livestrong.org/dingus4mili

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2007 Dad Vail Regatta

I raced in the Dad Vail Regatta for the last time this past weekend in the Men’s Varsity Pair with Adam Suhy. Though the weather was not cooperative this season, we had some strong racing results. Here is a summarized version of our season:

Date Race Location Result
March 24, 2007 Murphy Cup Regatta Philadelphia, PA Second to Pitt
April 1, 2007 UAA Championships Pittsburgh, PA Second to Washington University
April 14, 2007 – April 15, 2007 Knecht Cup Camden, NJ Second to University of Buffalo
April 21, 2007 Car-Du-Pitt Pittsburgh, PA Cancelled (weather)
April 28, 2007 Governer’s Cup Regatta Charleston, WV Cancelled (weather)
May 6, 2007 Mid Atlantic Championships Fairfax, VA First!
May 11, 2007 – May 12, 2007 Dad Vail Regatta Philadelphia, PA Third in our semi-final

By far the most exciting race was the Dad Vail, which is our national championship. It is arranged into heats, semi-finals, and finals, with 3 advancing from each heat, and two advancing from each semi-final, to create a six-boat final. We placed second in our heat to Georgia Tech, which was good enough to advance to semi-finals. Our heat was not an all-out effort.

Our semi-final was the most intense race I’ve ever rowed in. Here are the results for all three semi-finals from the Dad Vail webpage.

Men’s Varsity Pair – Semis 2 to Final
Evt Lane 1 Lane 2 Lane 3 Lane 4 Lane 5 Lane 6 Start
116
Fordham 42
Place: 6
Time: 7:32.48
Carnegie Mellon 17
Place: 3
Time: 7:05.86
Boston College 7
Place: 5
Time: 7:31.2
Oklahoma City 78
Place: 2
Time: 7:05.72
Bowdoin 8
Place: 4
Time: 7:16.6
Iona 49
Place: 1
Time: 7:05.49
8:35
117
Florida Tech 40
Place: 6
Time: 8:06.18
Washington U.114
Place: 2
Time: 7:08.58
Temple 102
Place: 4
Time: 7:26.89
Buffalo 13
Place: 1
Time: 7:01.8
Cincinnati 25
Place: 5
Time: 7:32.62
Rollins 90
Place: 3
Time: 7:25.71
8:42
118
U. Rochester 89
Place: 6
Time: 7:34.5
Cal Long Beach 16
Place: 1
Time: 7:03.06
Toronto Miss 104
Place: 2
Time: 7:07.21
Georgia Tech 45
Place: 5
Time: 7:26.61
Grand Valley 47
Place: 4
Time: 7:19.74
Duquesne 37
Place: 3
Time: 7:07.64
8:49

You can see that we took third to Iona and Oklahoma City, with the sorted times being: 7:05.49, 7:05.72, and 7:05.86. That means we missed second place by 0.14 seconds (which would have been sufficient to advance), and first place by 0.37 seconds. Our time would have been good enough to advance in either of the other two semi finals. Also interesting is that Georgia Tech, who finished ahead of us in our heat, took 5th in their semi-final, and it was not a close race for them. Even more interesting is that Iona went on to take second place overall.

Thus, while it is disappointing that we did not advance to finals, we were a bit unlucky in the way the semi-finals stacked up, and I feel like we had one hell of a race and were definitely in there with the fastest boats.

Head of the Charles

This past weekend I rowed in the Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s biggest. This was my second time rowing here. In 2005 I rowed in the Men’s Open Club 4+. This year I rowed in the Men’s Open Collegiate 4+. We got a penalty for “Aggressive Passing” (how are you supposed to pass?!?) and had a run-in with Duke, which caused us to finish in the middle of the pack. I wonder how well we would have done without those two incidents? Anyways, here are some pictures!

Philadelphia LiveStrong Challenge 2006 in honor of Jon Milikowsky

This past Sunday I rode 100 miles in the Philadelphia LiveStrong Challenge to honor the memory of my good friend Jon Milikowsky and raise money for cancer research. Our team Jon’s Crew raised, at the time of this writing, $34,612. This put us in, if memory serves me correctly, 6th place overall for team fundraising.

I took a lot of pictures during the event, which you can see here.

“Jon’s Crew” went out to dinner at the Macaroni Grill the night before the ride, which also happened to be my 26th birthday (hence the candle in my cake and the waiter singing).

The ride itself was quite amazing. Almost everybody’s bike had either an “In memory of” or “Survivor” placard calling out their intimate relationship with cancer. We all rode with “JON” in big block letters on an “In memory of” placard.

The toughness award definitely goes to Jen Milikowsky, Jon’s younger sister, as she sustained a pretty nasty crash on some railroad tracks just after the 60th mile. With her shin bleeding through several bandages, she never once thought about giving up, a perfect testament to the determination that helped make her brother such a dear friend to us all.

At the end of the day, the finish line was quite amazing. Event organizers threw yellow rose petals in the air as we all rode under the scaffolding where the ride started so many hours earlier that same day.

Even after participating in this event, I don’t think I can properly express the meaning our efforts have for the Milikowsky family. All of us who rode have resolved to do this ride every year, and we are also looking into doing some of the rides in other cities.