Rowing archives from the Sprongo. Sprongo is a video platform that allows anyone interested in sports to engage with videos the same way sports analysts do: Play clips in slow motion, draw on them, compare two or more clips with each other -- much like on ESPN.
The Australian rowing team have recently just become users of Sprongo. Their vision is to become the number one rowing nation in the world as well as Australia’s top Olympic sport. They are utilising Sprongo’s tools to help them towards achieving this goal. Rowing is a sport for life that is recognised for it’s tradition and ability to appeal to athletes of all ages. Rowing is a part of Australia’s national sporting and cultural heritage. Their international success dates all the way back to 1867, when Edward ‘Ned’ Trickett won the first sporting World Championship for Australia.
Rowing Australia is the national governing body for the sport. Rowing Australia aims to ensure the continuation of high performance success and also provide a blueprint for further development of the sport. With such a strong vision Rowing Australia values excellence, integrity and teamwork. These values all come together to develop a great team of athletes, coaches and support staff that deliver world class performances.
Australia first competed in rowing at the Olympic games in 1912 when it was hosted by Sweden. Cevil McVilly was the first athlete to represent Australia in Olympic rowing. Australia’s first Olympic gold medal for rowing was won by Henry ‘Bobby’ Pearce who competed in the Men’s Single Scull in the 1928 Netherlands Olympic Games. Since first joining the Australian rowing team hasn’t been short of success. The team now has a total of 14 bronze, 13 silver and 10 gold Olympic medals. In 2016 Kim Brennan was the first Australian woman to win a gold medal in Olympic rowing since 1996. Brennan won the Woman’s Single Sculls at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. As rowing’s golden girl was recently included in the 2017 Australia Day Honours list.
There are a number of other international events that the Australian Rowing team compete in around the globe. This includes the Paralympic games, World Rowing Championships and World Rowing Cups. The team shoes great dedication and passion towards their improvement and success. It is no wonder the Australian Rowing team have done and continue to do so well.
Get an edge this season with rowing video analysis
Some of the top college teams – both in rowing and other sports – already use Sprongo rowing video analysis tools to analyze and improve performance, and some are likely to fall behind without the ability to perform in-depth scrutiny of movement. Cornell, current holder of the Parents Cup, and the excellent Wisconsin Badgers, are both past users.
In 1852, Yale challenged Harvard to a boat race, and thus intercollegiate rowing – and sports – was created. As the oldest intercollegiate sport in the United States, rowing carries a lot of honour and pride for many teams across the continent and there are myriad opportunities for each team to earn that honour and pride.
Every year, there are at least 9 NCAA conferences where colleges have the chance to compete and prove themselves worthy of the sport that began athletic competition between universities. These conferences lead up to the NCAA Championship in May, which California won this year for the first time in a decade.
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As memories of the results from this May melt with the summer and college kicks back into gear, new teams are formed and hopes are raised once again. Of course there are expected winners based on the long history of college rowing, but with every new season, rowers, coaches, and training methods change and it once again becomes anyone’s game. This season, Ohio and California were both able to exit with strength – Cali winning both Varsity Four and Second Varsity Eight, and Ohio snatching V8 from them for the third year in a row. However, only the best training techniques will ensure more victories.
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Sprongo’s users includes a core group of leading universities, such as Denver, Cornell and Wisconsin. These and others have been utilizing our video analysis for several years. While, Denver uses Sprongo for skiing, Cornell and Wisconsin adopted Sprongo as their video platform of choice for rowing. These universities have a history of winning and our tools will help keep them at the top of their games.
Denver’s Alpine Ski Team is presently the university team with the best overall record. It has won 8 championships from 2000, including 2014. They have also won a record 22 NCAA titles dating back to 1954. The 22 ski titles are the fourth most NCAA division 1 titles by any team in any sport. They are a true champion university team.
Loveland Ski Area is the official training facility of the Alpine Ski team. The team trains on 143 trails across 3, 060 acres. The Nordic team trains at the 6,000 acre Devils Thumb, which offers uphill and forest terrains. Denver’s coaching staff includes many title winners, some for the Denver Pioneers.
Denver has also had 50 athletes and coaches represent their respective countries in the Olympics. This dates all the way back to the Olympics of 1948 games in St. Moritz, Switzerland .
Cornell University is a leader in university rowing. Their men’s lightweight, men’s heavyweight and women’s rowing have all won many medals and championships. The rowing program has a rich and successful history with a tradition of breaking records and leading in all aspects of rowing development for many decades.
Cornell men’s lightweight crew was introduced in 1920, with their first win in 1949, which was followed by four EARC championships between 1962 and 1968. In 1992, 2006 and 2008 the team won both the EARC and IRA championships. The team was undefeated throughout 2014 and 2015.
The men’s heavyweight team have won 14 inter-collegiate championships. Their great coach Charles “Pop” Courtney was also ahead of his time in creating a women’s training team. The women’s team won a national championship in 1989 and has always been a strong competitor.
Wisconsin university rowing is another top rowing user of Sprongo, with both men’s and women’s teams. Since 1874 rowing has been an important part of the Badgers and their teams has held many titles and championships throughout its rowing history. The freshmen eight won their event’s national championship in 1900 and then, the Wisconsin teams have won 48 Intercollegiate Rowing Association titles.
The men and women’s lightweight crew both compete in the IRA Championships. The men’s team won its first IRA championship in 1951 and has been placed in the top 3 20 times since 1950. In 2013, the team won a silver medal at the national championships making it the 10th year in a row with at least one medal at this regatta.
Women’s rowing began at Wisconsin in 1970 and the team won their first title in 1975. From 1976-78 they were the highest placed collegiate boat in the nationals. In 2009 the team were runner up at the division 1 NCAA championships. The women’s lightweight crew are also five times IRA Champions.
One of the Badgers advantages is its great facilities. The Porter boathouse located in the southern shore of Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin spans 50,000 square feet with three stories. It houses professional facilities for training such as a moving water rowing tank for 24 athletes as well as storage for 100 rowing shells.