History of the Crew Program

Men's Crew

The Ithaca College men's rowing team was formed in the fall of 1968. The team competed for the first time on April 19, 1969. Two weeks later, the men rowed to victory over Manhattan, Canisius, and Buffalo in the Metropolitan Championship.


Other titles followed, including medals at the annual Dad Vail Regatta, recognized as the small-college national championship, where the Bombers accumulated 11 medals, including 5 golds. In the mid-1970s, Ithaca entered into lightweight rowing, finishing in the top 10 at the Dad Vails 17 times between 1975 and 1992.


The team is currently coached by Dan Robinson '79, M.S. 92. In 1993, under Robinson, the Bombers moved from the Dad Vail Regatta to the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship, an event that features Division I, II, and III schools.

For more details about the history of the men's program, visit the Bomber website.

Women's Crew

In 1975, the Ithaca College women's rowing team was established at Ithaca College. Only one year later they captured the 1976 Dad Vail varsity 8 title, the first year women's races were offered at the regatta. The Bombers would go on to claim the title again in 1979.

Since then, the momentum hasn't stopped. Women's crew became a varsity sport in 1983, and the program has built up over the past three decades to boast 15 consecutive winning seasons, four New York State small-school titles, and, in 2004 and 2005, Division III national champions -- the first crew to win back-to-back championships in division history.

The team is currently coached by Becky Metz Robinson '88, M.S. '94. Robinson, a former Bomber crew member, made the national team in 1991 and was a final-day cut from the U.S. Olympic team a year later. She's been coaching IC crew since 1993.

For more information about the history of the women's program, visit the Bomber website.