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Statesmen 8s reach Knecht grand finals

All three Hobart eights advanced to their respective grand finals during today’s preliminary races at the Knecht Cup on the Cooper River.

The Statesmen varsity eight and novice eight progressed from the heats into the semifinals to quialify for tomorrow’s grand finals, while the second varsity eight advanced to the grand final after a single heat.  The Hobart varsity four placed 3rd in its heat and narrowly missed a spot in the grand final.

“It was a good day of racing and we’re looking forward to the finals tomorrow,” Head Coach Mike Alton said.

The varsity eight of Harrison Goldberg, Max Swagler, Andrew Cobb, Ben Ramsey, David Roberts, Jack Trimble, Matt Scanlon, Dillon Nachbar, and David Grossman opened the day with a third place finish in its opening heat. The Statesmen covered the 2,000-meter course in 6 minutes, 17.7 seconds, trailing only Division I Rutgers and Delaware.

Hobart slowed by less than a second in the semifinals (6:18.5) and moved across the line in second place behind Temple. The top three boats in each of the two semifinals advanced to the grand finals.

The second varsity eight of Reynaldo Kelly, Richard Mable, John Heavey, Francis Craig, Evan White, Peter Nettl, Ronnie Martin, Bob Taylor, and Carmen Cimini reached the grand final with a second place finish. The Statesmen turned in a time of 6:37.8, 3.3 seconds behind Saint Joseph’s.

The novice eight of Drew Coogan, Ryan Scully, Mike Garland, Harold Zurakowski, Adam Moser, Eddie Crocket, Mark Wasmund, William Gore, and Michael Copacino was third in its heat (6:46.6) and its semifinal (6:39.0) to claim the last spot in the grand final.

The varsity four of Owen Henn, JD Pribor, Gerry Samson, Michael Hess, and Alex Kahn covered the course in 8:06.4. Hobart was third in its heat and was just 1.8 seconds out of a spot in the grand final.

The novice eight will race first on Sat., April 11. Its grand final is slated to begin at 11 a.m.