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Sports September 25, 2003

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Photos by Nik Kottha

Pictured below are the members of the CSU boat that won the gold medal in the Men's Open 8+. Greg Roberson, K.C. McKenna, Nik Kottha, Jim Kozak, Scott Spatny, Denny Matheou, Joe Rokas and Chris Maeder (not pictured) won the first Men's Varsity gold medal in the history of the four-year old program. Viking Crew travels to Pittsburgh, PA on October 4 to race in the Head of the Ohio.

Viking crew rows to gold

On Sept. 20, the Cleveland State Uni-versity Crew joined hundreds of fellow rowers to compete in the Eighth Annual Head of the Cuyahoga Regatta.

By the end of the afternoon, CSUís Crew had spectators convinced that avoiding the snooze button everyday at 5 a.m. really works.

They walked away with five sets of medals and a $600 valued prize. The Ďbeat the clockí-style regatta began at 8 a.m. and consisted of 38 races throughout the day. The 2.5-mile course finished at the Nautica Complex, where the dock was packed with spec-tators.

The highlights for many were the four sprint races, where qualifying teams competed for a brand-new Nielsen Kellerman cox box.

The CSU varsity menís team was one of the winners of the prize, a small speaker that the team coxswain uses to com-municate with rowers. The varsity men also took home the gold medal in the Menís Open 8 and came in fourth in the Menís Open 4.

The novice menís team took the silver medal in the Menís Novice 8 and the novice women team went home with the bronze after the Womenís Novice 8.

Other collegiate teams competing included John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve Uni-versity, University of Chicago, Duquesne Uni-versity and Carnegie-Mellon University.

On Oct. 4 the crew will travel to Pittsburgh to compete in one of the biggest regattas in the northeast, the Head of the Ohio Regatta. They will be up against some of the largest universities, inc-luding the University of Michigan and Purdue University.

For further information on the Head of the Cuyahoga annual regatta or the CSU Crew, visit or

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