Unlike their classmates, seniors Andrew Cobb, David Grossman, Reynaldo Kelly, Dillon Nachbar, Peter Nettl, David Roberts, Gerry Samson, Max Swagler, and Jack Trimble, junior Harald Zurakowski, and sophomore Coty Burgess remain on campus training for the season’s final three regattas.
Hobart’s varsity four earned a berth in the IRA Regatta, June 2-4 in Cherry Hill, N.J. While the Statesmen will compete in the IRA for the first time since 2008, Head Coach Mike Alton will have experienced rowers from which to choose his lineup. Cobb, Grossman, Kelly, Roberts, Swagler, and Trimble were members of the Hobart novice eight that finished second in the third level final (14th overall).
The Statesmen will make the jump across the pond on June 20, arriving in London on June 21. Hobart will have four days of practice and sightseeing excursions before competition begins. Hobart’s eight and a pair will race in the Reading Town Regatta, an 800-meter sprint on the Thames up river from the Henley course.
On June 25, the Statesmen eight begin what could be up to five days of racing in the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. Crews race head-to-head on a 2,112-meter course in a knockout format. The Temple Challenge Cup is for “student eights” and features 32 crews.
First held in 1839, the Henley Royal Regatta is the most renowned regatta in the world. Hobart is returning to the field with an eight for the first time since 1994.
The Statesmen have enjoyed a dominating season to date, winning their sixth consecutive conference championship, 10 Liberty League Boat of the Week awards, the Statesmen Trophy, and the Seneca Cup. Hobart also captured a gold and a silver medal at the Knecht Cup.