In a thrilling end to a successful season, the Hobart Rowing varsity eight raced along the Thames, neck and neck with the University of London – one of the United Kingdom’s top teams. Vying for the Temple Challenge Cup in the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England for the first time since 1994, the rowing team proved to be fierce competition.
The Henley Royal Regatta is known for its bracket competition that pits crews one-on-one in a winner takes all, grueling 2,112 meter sprint on the Thames – England’s most famous river. Although the University of London crew edged out Hobart by 1 ¾ length, the Statesman bested Southampton University the day before by a boat length; in a race of only 32 crews, the success of the Statesmen is a testament to the team’s skill.
Reynaldo Kelly ’11, Maxwell Swagler ’11, Gerry Samson ’11, Jack Trimble ’11, Andrew Cobb ’11, Harald Zurakowski ’12, David Roberts ’11, Peter Nettl ’11 and Coty Burgess ’13 represented the Statesmen abroad, and closed a season that included the team’s sixth consecutive Liberty League Championship victory. Dillon Nachbar ’11 and David Grossman ’11 also joined their teammates as spares to the varsity eight and raced as a coxless pair in the Reading Town Regatta, as well as an additional race at the Henley.
The team will return to the states on Monday, July 4.
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