Congratulations to the Hobart and William Smith rowing teams who each brought home gold at the New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships this weekend.
Herons Double Medal Haul with 2 Gold Medals at States
For the second year in a row, the William Smith College rowing team put all four of its crews on the medal stand at the New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships on Lake Whitney. After the Herons earned a silver and bronze on Saturday, William Smith captured gold in both the varsity eight and novice eight on Sunday.
Coupled with a four-medal performance by the Hobart College rowing team, the Colleges finished second in the All-Points Trophy standings. Hobart and William Smith accumulated 126 points on the weekend, just four behind Ithaca and 36 ahead of third place Marist.
“The New York State Championships brings together many excellent programs,” Head Coach Sandra Chu said. “It’s a privilege to race against such great competitors. Placing our entire program on the podium for the second year in a row is an indicator of the talent of the women on the team. They have strived collectively for this success and have made each other better. Assistant Coach Lindsey Hochman and I are very lucky to be the coaches of such inspiring women.”
The varsity eight grand final featured four nationally ranked crews, No. 3 William Smith, No. 8 Ithaca, No. 12 St. Lawrence, and No. 15 Rochester, as well as Division I Marist and Hamilton, which is receiving votes in the Division III coaches poll. Ithaca held the lead 750 meters into the 2,000-meter race. The Herons stepped up their tempo over the next 250 meters to move from third to first in the field, building an open-water lead with 600 meters left to race and never looked back.
Kim Goral ’13, Jess Steketee ’13, Lauren Blake-Whitney ’14, Sinead Reilly ’14, Katie Paige ’14, Sarah Gordon ’13, Laura Cappio ’13, Libby Hughes ’14, and Alyssa Trebilcock ’14 posted a winning time of 6:50.46, capturing New York State gold for the second straight season. The Bombers crossed the line second in 6:57.3 with Marist, St. Lawrence, Rochester and Hamilton rounding out the field.
The novice eight grand final was a nail-biter with just 0.66 seconds separating the top three finishers. Ithaca led for most of the race, but held just a slim advantage as the teams began their final sprint. RIT and William Smith poured it on down the stretch. The Bombers were able to hold off the Tigers, with just 0.18 seconds to spare, however, the Herons were able push their bow ahead of Ithaca.
First-years Susan Tuvell, Brianna Taylor, Grace Hutton, Megan Miskovsky, Karly Wagner, Alex Belden, Catharine Pirie, Sammi Hurwitz, and Nikki Andrzejczyk crossed the finish line in 7:24.9, 0.48 seconds faster than the Bombers.
“This boat has come so far in just a week,” Chu said of the N8. “I’m impressed by how they are able to continue to press themselves in practices to improve. They are a great clutch crew-handling pressure situations with ease. At 250 to go, they remained as composed as a seasoned varsity crew to get their bow across the line first.”
The Herons will make their final case for a spot in the 2013 NCAA Rowing Championships when they compete in the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship in Worcester, Mass., on May 12.
Hobart’s 3 Medal Day at States Includes 1st Gold in V8 since ’96
On a pristine spring day, the Hobart College rowing team enjoyed a performance to match the weather, collecting three medals on Day 2 of the New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships on Lake Whitney. The Statesmen earned a gold medal in the varsity eight, the program’s first since 1996, and the second varsity eight and took bronze in the novice four.
Coupled with a four-medal performance by the William Smith College rowing team, the Colleges’ finished second in the All-Points Trophy standings. Hobart and William Smith accumulated 126 points on the weekend, just four behind Ithaca and 36 ahead of third place Marist.
Hobart’s varsity eight had medaled at States six times in the past decade, but hadn’t claimed a gold medal since 1996. This year, the Statesmen lineup of Jessica Dinan ’14, Brett Lawhon ’16, August Wherry ’16, Robert McNamara ’15, Milos Milosavljevic ’16, W. Hunter Holtz ’15, Rob Nanovsky ’13, Owen Monahan ’15, and Davis Muller ’16 battled Ithaca down to the wire, defeating the Bombers by a couple of seats to capture the state title. Hobart covered the 2,000-meter course in 5:59.9, 1.5 seconds in front of Ithaca. Marist was third in 6:06.2.
The Statesmen second varsity eight of Sarah Tanzer ’13, Joe Biesemeyer ’15, Patrick Ware ’16, Nicholas Baca ’15, Dylan Brodie ’16, Julien Green ’16, Reid Johnson ’13, Harrison Wasserbauer ’16, and Coty Burgess ’13 found itself in an even tighter struggle for gold. Hobart earned its fourth straight state championship in the 2V8, posting a time of 6:18.1, a slim 0.3 seconds ahead of the Red Foxes. Ithaca was a distant third in 6:32.9.
In the novice four race, SUNY Maritime held off Army for a 2.3 second victory. The Hobart entry of first-years Sam Zuckerman, Alex Vernon, Tim Griffin, Alexander Sanford, and Tom Ramage took third, logging a time of 7:20.1.
In the men’s open four, the Statesmen narrowly missed a fifth medal on Lake Whitney-Hobart won a gold medal in the third varsity eight on Saturday. RIT earned an open water win, but the margin from second place Army to fourth place Hobart was just 0.6 seconds. The Black Knights stopped the clock at 6:32.4 for the silver medal. The University of Buffalo was 0.2 seconds back to grab the bronze. The Statesmen recorded a time of 6:33.0.
Hobart is back on the water on May 12, when the Statesmen compete in the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship in Worcester, Mass.