April 23, 2001
Heavyweight Crew Wins Goes Trophy
| April 23, 2001
This weekend, the Cornell men’s heavyweight crew accomplished something it hadn’t done in nearly a decade. By going to Annapolis, Md., and returning to East Hill with the Goes Trophy and the Stagg Cup, the crew established itself as an irrefutable national powerhouse.
The annual competition has pitted three perennial strong crews in Navy, Syracuse, and the Red against each other since 1955. The Goes Trophy is given to the winner of the first varsity race, which the Red (4-0) won during this year’s contest by four seconds over runner-up Syracuse with a time of 6:05.7.
The Stagg Cup goes to the the team totaling the most points in the first and second varsity and first novice races. The Red won both varsity races and placed second behind Navy in the first novice race.
On Saturday, the women’s novice boats dominated Penn and Rutgers while the first varsity boat dropped to 1-4, taking third place in the race with Rutgers winning at 6:35.16.
Yesterday saw Cornell’s first varsity boat drop another race to a strong University of Virginia squad by a nine second differential. The most exciting race of the weekend came when UVA literally inched out Cornell’s second varsity boat by eight tenths of a second.
It was then the novice crews’ turn to put on yet another show for the Inlet Faithful — winning the first novice race by nearly 12 seconds and the second novice race by a 16.8 second margin.
The men’s lightweight crew (1-5) traveled to Mass., on Saturday to take on Columbia, Penn, and MIT for the Geiger Cup. For the fifth straight year Columbia walked away with the title, winning the first varsity race by ten seconds over the second-place Red boat with a time of 6:19.9.
The Red was second in the overall standings but could not break the Lions streak which began in 1997 after the Red had won the award for the prior five years.
The men’s lightweight crew was then stunned yesterday by a very fast Yale squad which swept each of the five races in which Georgetown also competed. The best showing of the day came from the Red’s second freshman boat which lost in a tight race from start to finish by one second with a time of 6:17.3.
The heavyweight men next head to Yale to take on the Bulldogs and Princeton. The lightweights take on Dartmouth in Ithaca next Saturday and the women are at Brown on that same day.
Archived article by Scott Jones
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April 24, 2001
Reader, Have a great summer. Your number one fan, Sumeet P.S. You still owe me 20 bucks. P.P.S. It’s been one helluva year, eh? What with ups and downs, rights and lefts. A lot of lefts, come to think of it. A few ups. Mostly lefts. Who would have thought, way back in September, that Doug Swingley would win his third straight Iditarod? Who would have thought that Baltimore (and not Washington) would win its first Super Bowl in forever? You have to admit, by the way, that Edgar Allen Poe is a genius. Write a poem and sell out to a football team — what a way to expand your fan base. (Write that down kids.) Who ever thought Jordan wouldn’t come back? Shame on you. Who ever thought I’d still have a column this late in the year? Shame on me. Who ever thought that Jim Druckenmiller and the Dolphins, Tom and Nicole, and Rick Ankiel and his sanity would split? Shame on us all. Yep, it has been that crazy, carbonated milk, kind of year. The Ups A Virginia Tech-product and greatest athlete ever, Michael Vick, is the top pick in the NFL draft — a first for the Hokies. Ah, life is good. Hmmm. Well, Jordan’s coming back, right? The Downs Media coverage of Vijay Singh’s Masters title defense is lost in a frenzy of tigers. Baltimore wins the most boring Super Bowl in the history of mankind. Bring back the Gladiators! The NBA season still exists. Just cut to the playoffs! A Virginia Tech-product and greatest athlete ever, Michael Vick, gets jacked by the Heisman-choosing committee. Chris Weinke prevails. Next step for the 28-year old: Florida State basketball. The BCS still exists, and Virginia Te– I mean Miami — gets jobbed from a national title appearance. Florida State can’t handle the pressure, and yet another boring, defensively oriented championship ensues. Playoffs! Playoffs! Hokies! Hokies! Gone in 60 Seconds — a sly NASCAR promotion attempt — doesn’t win even one Oscar. Where’s the justice? Pete Sampras’ back collapses. Coincidentally, so does men’s tennis. Bring back Leander Paes! Rae Carruth and Darryl Strawberry drop their “Role Model” status. And are consequently jailed. No Indians were cast in Remember the Titans. I hear Denzel beat out Leander Paes for the lead role. Can’t wait for Gandhi 2. And Short Circuit 3. XFL, the Olympics, and the Subway Series battle for the lowest ratings ever. Thank God for cable. And Battledome. Michael Schumacher becomes the Tiger Woods of Formula One racing. Tiger Woods becomes the Michael Schumacher of golf. And Jordan’s comeback ends the fruitless search for the heir to His Airness. So there you have it. All that you need to know about the past year in sports. Have a nice trip, see you next fall. (trip) P.P.P.S. Thank you to all the whole cast and crew that make this flawless, top-of-the-line production possible. First and foremost, thanks to my parents for their endless wealth of support and advice. Second and foremost, thanks to the second-biggest Michael Vick fan on the planet, my little brother. Thanks to Sean “Frankie Carbone” Molino for convincing me that this column is great, week in and week out. Thanks to James Yi for convincing me that this column sucks, week in and week out. Thanks to my friends for noticing that this production exists — even if you never read it. Thanks to Shiva, Gary, Amanda, Charles, and J.V. for making my trips down to the Sun worth it. Thanks to Michael Sharp ’99 for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. And last and foremost, thanks to the readers, for reading. Cuz that’s what’s it’s all about. And a special thanks to the Redskins for being the best goddamn football team on the planet. P.P.P.P.S. Don’t forget the 20 bucks.Archived article by Sumeet Sarin
April 24, 2001
While Cornell’s varsity sports receive the majority of the recognition, the press and the adulation, there is a another athletic community on East Hill that thrives only through its own blood, sweat and tears: club sports. In this three-part series, The Sun will chronicle just what goes on in the world of club sports. Today’s first installment tells the story of how club sports come to life. Imagine coming to Cornell — a school with over 13,000 students, 34 varsity sports and over 500 student organizations — and not finding the one activity that interests you most. When current sophomore Adrian Repic arrived on East Hill, he looked forward to joining a roller hockey league. He played in his hometown near Morristown, N.J., but surprisingly Cornell was void of a roller hockey team, club or organization. Rather than mope, Repic decided to build a club devoted to the sport from scratch. “I searched for organizations and asked people who played hockey what there was [for roller hockey], and everyone said nothing. So I decided to organize something on my own. “It was really easy to do. I just said that I wanted a roller hockey club and [the Student Activities Organization] handed me the forms,” Repic continued. Repic confirmed his suspicions that Cornell had no roller hockey organization. So last fall, he took the initiative to register the newest addition to the sports clubs at Cornell. “I met with a couple of the student organization people and they set me up with all the forms I needed to register a sports club,” he explained. The club needed to complete an organization registration form that requires names of the club’s officers, a purpose, the advisor’s name and other general information. The contracted independent organization form outlines the club’s relationship with the university. Finally each club must submit a constitution stating its bylaws. In addition, Repic had to fill out a Sports Club Addendum which mostly concerns itself with liability in the case of injury. Repic still hasn’t turned in his constitution. “I don’t know if I turned in one of the extra forms, so I don’t know if we are an official club yet,” he said, continuing, “but we’re on the website.” Each club sport must dub an advisor, and recently, the instructor for the physical education classes in hockey, Gary Brandt, became advisor to the fledgling roller hockey organization. “He keeps aware of what’s going on in the club so that it doesn’t atrophy into doing nothing,” explained Repic of Brandt’s function. Another thing that the roller hockey team lacks is funding. But Repic is pretty sure that he’ll be able to get the money he needs if and when he applies for money from the University. “Basically I expected it to take one or two years to gather enough people to get interested. Next year I think I’ll ask the [members] if they’re interested in intercollegiate play. Then I’ll go and apply for funding,” Repic explained. Right now Repic has a listserve with over 100 names that he e-mails scheduled dates to play, but usually about ten people show up at each meeting. Although it’s a low percentage turnout, there is only room for about 10 hockey players on the makeshift courts. Most of his recruits have come from the already large hockey contingent at Cornell. “I recruited a lot of people from [the intermediate hockey class],” Repic said. “I contacted the club hockey team, and other than that it’s been word of mouth. So far I haven’t had to put up posters.” Finding a venue to host practices has been the largest obstacle for the team. For now, the club meets biweekly, usually Friday and Saturday afternoons on the tennis courts on North Campus. Repic waits in line for the courts to clear off. He has to dismantle the nets and suffer the sneers from tennis enthusiasts. “I received permission from one of the associate deans to use the tennis courts, but people still come and object. I don’t understand why,” Repic bemoaned. The University does not provide a roller hockey court for the independent club sport. Repic and vice president junior Bob Stevens are looking into playing on an iceless surface in Lynah. Figuring that people can rent ice time, the roller hockey club hopes that it will be able to reserve the smooth surface and avoid the cramped, subpar conditions of the tennis courts. Of course renting requires money that the club does not necessarily have. Repic is fairly confident that the members would contribute to the relatively small fees. “I think that if there were a lot of people, we could pay out of our pockets,” Repic suggested. Although Repic is committed to the construction of a roller hockey court on campus, he has met only resistance from Cornell. “It seems like everyone you go to for help in the administration says, ‘I understand, I’d like to help you, why don’t you talk to these other people,”‘ Repic said explaining how his plans for a playing surface were passed around the faculty. “It’s definitely hard to get things from the administration.” Nevertheless, Repic and Stevens have gotten a lot of headway in ensuring the future of the club. “One of these days, we’ll hopefully be able to compete in the college league,” Repic said, citing that as soon as next year his club might be able to join. He feels that his goal can be realized before he graduates in 2003. In order to do that, though, he must be prepared to pay about $2000 to join an intercollegiate league, not to mention money for equipment and travel expenses. Next he must develop a roster, which unfortunately will limit the size of the team, but Repic hopes that competition would bring a greater draw to his club. He is in contact with other similar teams in the area. “There is a western New York league. I know that Buffalo and SUNY-Binghamton have roller hockey teams,” he informed. But as the first year of the roller hockey team comes to a close, both president and vice president are satisfied with the progress they have made. They have laid a foundation for a coherent team, but more importantly, they are providing themselves an opportunity to play a sport that they love, while exposing it to the Cornell community. “This is basically me saying there was no [roller hockey] and wanting to do something, and knowing just barely enough to do it on my own,” Repic admitted, adding, “It’s worth it.” Archived article by Amanda Angel