The Hobart College rowing team captured a pair of silver medals at the Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, N.J., this afternoon. The Statesmen varsity eight and third varsity eight both placed second in the varsity eight grand final and the Division II/III varsity eight grand final, respectively.
Hobart’s top crew lined up against Drexel, Delaware, Temple, Trinity, and Marist in the grand final. The Statesmen covered the 2,000-meter course in 6:00.61. The Dragons were the only boat to post a faster time, winning in 5:56.77. Hobart was 0.68 seconds ahead of the third place Blue Hens.
On Saturday, the Statesmen varsity eight earned its spot in the grand final with a pair of wins. Hobart topped Temple in its preliminary heat, logging the fastest morning time in the event (5:59.04). In the afternoon semifinals, the Statesmen won in a time of 5:53.6, 0.54 seconds ahead of runner-up Trinity.
The Statesmen third varsity eight and fourth varsity eights both advanced to the Division II/III varsity eight grand final. The 3V8 (6:25.71) was comfortably in second, trailing Trinity by just over six seconds with Rollins nearly as far behind in third place. The 4V8 was fifth in the final, posting a time of 6:40.09, about five seconds behind Mary Washington and more than four seconds ahead of Carnegie Mellon.
The 3V8’s berth in the final came via a dead heat in Saturday’s qualifying. The Statesmen and the Tars recorded an identical 6:20.49 to share the victory in the heat. The top two crews in each of the two heats advanced to the grand final along with the next two fastest boats. Hobart’s 4V8 was third in its heat in 6:34.22, but advanced to the final with the fastest time.
The Statesmen 2V8 also reached its grand final, winning its Saturday prelim with a time of 6:08.68, 0.85 seconds better than Trinity. Today, the 2V8 finished in 6:20.30 in fourth place behind Drexel, Temple, and Trinity. Bucknell and Boston College rounded out the field.
Hobart’s next day of racing is Saturday, April 20 when the Statesmen host Bucknell.