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|New Boathouse Rings in Next Era of IC Crew|
It's difficult to believe that, four decades ago, IC rowers would get ready for practice in abandoned cars. Or, more recently, that an outdated boathouse built for 16 student-athletes was being used by nearly 100 of them, making rowing practices a cramped, intricate dance of precision, timing, and navigation . . . all before the students even got to the water.
It became clear that something had to change. In 2010, it did.
That's when the IC crew community began to come together in support of a campaign to build a new boathouse. Because of their generosity, the Robert B. Tallman Rowing Center stands today on the bank of Cayuga Inlet. The sleek, modern, and functional facility houses both women's and men's crew programs, providing ample space for both teams to practice, work out, and hone their skills.
"This new boathouse has, in many ways, redefined and energized our program," says Dan Robinson, men's crew coach. "We're very excited about it, not just for our current and future teams, but also for our alumni, who are still so connected to IC crew."
Madison Vander Hill '13 is a rower on the women's squad. Because she's a senior, Madison has the unique perspective of having used both the old boathouse and the new facility.
"It is critically important for us to have a facility that meets our needs as a program," Madison says. "The new boathouse is stunning. It brings our team, our fans, and alumni together as a community, and that's really important."
Because of you, Madison can have a quality experience as a student-athlete, and IC has the resources to help her do so. We cannot thank you enough for your generosity to Ithaca College.