The Hobart rowing team won the varsity eight, varsity four, novice eight, and novice four races in the annual HWS Challenge on the Canal today. The Statesmen ‘B’ entry took fourth and the ‘C’ entry took fifth in the second varsity eight race.
Reynaldo Kelly, Max Swagler, Andrew Cobb, Jack Trimble, David Roberts, Harold Zurakowski, David Grossman, Ryan Scully, and Coty Burges powered the varsity Hobart varsity eight down the Seneca-Cayuga Canal in 14 minutes, 59 seconds, 21 seconds ahead of second place RIT. Rochester was third followed by Ithaca.
The varsity four of Kelly, Swagler, Cobb, Trimble and Roberts edged Rochester by three seconds for the victory, finishing in 17:03. Rochester’s ‘B’ entry took third, and Ithaca was fourth.
Jessica Dinan, Chris Smith, Edward Witcher, Alex Kent, Robert Costello, Edward Amorello, Andrew Hellmund, Michael Cichelli, and Chris Depaola powered the novice eight to victory in 16:11. They finished 46 seconds ahead of second place Ithaca. Rochester claimed third.
The novice four of Margaret O’Brien, Smith, Witcher, Eamon Smith, and Conor Eagan posted the Statesmen’s largest margin of victory on the day, topping Clarkson by 4:28 (18:06-22:34).
In the second varsity eight race, a boat of Hobart alumni claimed first place in 15:53. Rochester was second and Ithaca followed in third. Hobart’s ‘B’ entry finished in 15:55.6 just 0.4 seconds out of third. Hobart’s ‘C’ entry recorded a time of 16:16.
“Our varsity eight won by a good margin, but more importantly rowed a very aggressive race for their opening race of the fall. I think this is a very good sign of what is to come for them,” said Hobart Head Coach Mike Alton.
Hobart is back on the water on Oct. 16, when the Statesmen compete in the Head of the Genesee in Rochester, N.Y.