On Tuesday, June 3, the Hobart College rowing team’s novice eight departed for Cherry Hill, N.J. for the 2008 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, June 5-7. The Statesmen attempted to claim a gold medal at the sport’s national championship regatta for the first time since the varsity four left Princeton victorious in 2003. The novice eight will be powered by first-years coxswain Reynoldo Kelly, stroke Max Swagler, Andrew Cobb, David Roberts, Pierce Hewes , Jack Trimble, David Grossman, Jamie Hollyday, and Bob Taylor. Hobart’s novice eight has enjoyed a phenomenal season, winning seven Liberty League Boat of the Week awards. The Statesmen sailed through the spring nearly unblemished, winning their first five races of the season against other novice crews, including a Liberty League Championship and a New York State Championship. Hobart was finally beaten in the ECAC National Invitational Regatta on May 11, but the Statesmen still earned a bronze medal behind Orange Coast College and Williams College. Neither the Pirates nor the Ephs are entered in the IRA field. Hobart is one of 24 entries in the IRA’s Freshmen Heavyweight Eights event. The deep and talented field includes the top 16 teams in the latest EARC poll, including No. 1 Harvard.