The Hobart College rowing team’s second varsity eight earned a berth in the grand final at the Knecht Cup today. The Statesmen earned the last berth in tomorrow’s finale by 0.01 seconds over St. Joseph’s.
Jessica Dinan, Nathaniel Shils, Chris Troy, Jordan Mueller, Michael Cichelli, Morgan Robinson, Tyler Wilson-Menting, Michael Copacino and Chris DePaola raced down the 2,000-meter Cooper River course in 6:12.57, finishing fourth in their heat. Only the top two finishers in each of the two second varsity eights heat were guarenteed a spot in the grand final. The six-crew field was filled out by the next two fastest times. Temple which edged Hobart by just over three seconds earned the first spot, but the Statesmen, who went in the first heat, had to sweat out the Hawks’ time in the second heat. SJU came up just a tick short, crossing the line in 6:12.58.
Hobart’s varsity eight and second varsity eight will compete in the petite finals on Sunday.
With 16 entries in the varsity eight event, Hobart needed to finish in the top four in its morning heat to progress to the afternoon’s semifinals. The Statesmen posted a time of 6:07.14, second in the heat behind Drexel. In the afternoon’s semifinal, Hobart needed a top three finish for a spot in the grand final. The Statesmen were only a tad slower than in the morning (6:08.24), but they placed fifth.
In the novice four’s seven morning heat, the top two crews in each heat, along with the next fastest times, advanced to the afternoon semifinals. Hobart finished comfortably in second place with a time of 7:21.25, nearly 18 seconds in front of third place West Virginia. With three semifinal races, the top two crews earned grand final berths with the next two garnering spots in the petite final. The Statesmen finished fourth in 7:18.97, more than 20 seconds ahead of fifth place Boston College.
The novice four will kick off Sunday’s racing at 8:30 a.m.