Contrary to the the saying featured on team shirts, the waters were mighty friendly to the 46 Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights / CrossFit Axis athletes who competed at the 2012 Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships.
Crew EAD / CFAH / CFAX was the largest non-r0wing specific organization at CIRC for the second consecutive year, and among the highest performing, with 11 podium finishes, 10 top 10 finishes, and a boatload of personal bests. Crew EAD / CFAH / CFAX, represented by Coaches Alida, Kristen, Josh S & Josh R and athletes Sammy, Maggie, Brian O and Eric N, also stroked to second place in the inaugural CrossFit Challenge Quad 1000m, second place in the CrossFit Challenge 2000m Relay, and second place in the composite event.
The competition area at Chicago State University was a sea of blue team shirts; it was unlikely that you could move in any direction without dropping anchor on a member of Crew EAD / CFAH / CFAX. But it wasn’t just the visual that made an impression. Crew EAD / CFAH / CFAX athletes once again displayed unparallelled community spirit, taking turns serving as “coxswain” for teammates, and traveling en mass to cheer one another on. Multiple spectators from other teams complimented our athletes on their “commitment to each other”, marveled at “how well” we got along and “how much fun” we were having, and what a “cool vibe” our community presented.
Congrats to athletes earning podium spots at the 2012 event:
Linda Kleiss, 2nd place, Veteran Women
Rick Tkaczyk, 3rd place, Veteran Men & 1st place Men’s 500m
Steve Holland, 1st place (age group), Veteran Men
Tony Cukierski, 2nd place, Open Men
Phil Aschoff, 2nd place, Veteran Lightweight Men
Keith Carlson, 3rd place, Veteran Lightweight Men
Michelle White, 3rd place, Open Lightweight Women
CrossFit Challenge Quad 1000m, 2nd place
CrossFit Challenge Relay, 2nd place
CrossFit Challenge Overall, 2nd place
Congrats to athletes logging PRs at the 2012 event:
Lindy E (2000m & 500m), Linda K (2000m & 500m), Ali D, Amy Pi, Kim R, Susan M, Melissa K, Heidi W, Kim G, Ashley B, Lisa S, Kelly B, Erin M, Michelle W, Natalie B (2000m & 500m), Al W, Keith C (2000m & Men’s Open Relay split), Juan, Steve H, Austin, Ty, Andrew N (2000m & 500m), Brian S, Kevin T, Phil (Men’s Open Relay split) and Mike E