The Hobart College rowing team won New York State Championships in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and third varsity eight on Lake Whitney this weekend.
The two-day championship started on Saturday. The Statesmen varsity eight and second varsity eight both won their opening heats to advance Sunday’s grand finals. The V8 bested second place Army by 3.59 seconds while the 2V8 left no doubt about its standing, topping runner up RIT by 25.04 seconds.
Day 1 concluded with two medal winning performances. The third varsity eight and the fourth varsity eight raced in a finals-only 3V8 championship against Marist and Ithaca. The third varsity of Sky Drazek, William Bird, Alexander Sanford, Colin Theran, Garrett Tongue, Jordan Rooth, Nicholas Muller, David Kidwell, and Sam Menchel posted a winning time of 6:58.4. The Red Foxes took second in 7:06.08. The Statesmen 4V8 of Erica Stuke, Alex Vernon, Tom Ramage, Brady Phillips, Tyler Wilson-Menting, Paul Cotnam, Mike Giroux, Conor Eagan, and Nick Snow took third in 7:15.28, 2.86 seconds ahead of the Bombers.
When the Statesmen returned to the course on Sunday, the breeze had picked up to a strong crosswind that made conditions on the water challenging. The varsity eight was up first on the schedule. Sam Zuckerman, Joe Biesemeyer, Robert McNamara, August Wherry, Brett Lawhon, Davis Muller, Patrick Ware, Milos Milosavljevic, and W. Hunter Holtz logged a winning time of 6:18.69. Ithaca was second, 2.25 seconds off the pace followed by third place Army.
The Hobart second varsity eight of Jessica Dinan, Chris DePaola, Nicholas Baca, Owen Monahan, D. Griffin Marsh, John Hibbard, Austin Letorney, Matthew Sylvan, and Dylan Brodie carried the weight of history into today’s race as the four-time defending state champion. They handled the pressure well, crossing the finish line in 6:36.02. Marist was second in 6:39.12 with Ithaca taking third in 6:54.62.
The Statesmen will travel to Worcester, Mass., for their next competition, the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship on Sunday, May 11.