Four members of the Hobart College rowing team received team awards at the annual Block H Dinner on April 28. Junior Robert McNamara was presented with the S. Ford Weiskittel Rowing Award as the team’s most valuable oarsman.
Senior Chris DePaola received the Charles “Chip” Hart ’90 Award for determination and commitment throughout the season and first-year D. Griffin Marsh earned the Kent Smack ’97 Award as the most improved. First-year Austin Letorney earned the Rookie Award for Rowing.
A tri-captain, McNamara was a part of Hobart’s Liberty League Crew of the Year which logged the Statesmen’s best ever finish at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships, winning the fourth level final for 19th place overall. As a part of the varsity eight, he earned six Liberty League Boat of the Week awards and helped Hobart to an undefeated spring season. McNamara and the varsity eight won the program’s first gold medal at the ECAC NIRC. The Statesmen won gold at the New York State Championships and earned their 10th straight gold medal at the Liberty League Championships. McNamara and the varsity eight also collected gold medals at the Knecht Cup and won the HWS Challenge on the Canal.
DePaola rowed as a member of the second and third varsity eights this spring. As a part of the 2V, he competed in the IRAs, making history as the first Hobart 2V to ever do so. DePaola earned a bronze medal at the ECAC NIRC and won gold at both the New York State and Liberty League championships in the 2V. DePaola and the third varsity eight took home a silver medal at the Knecht Cup. He also helped the 1V win the HWS Challenge on the Canal, earning Liberty League Boat of the Week honors for his efforts.
Marsh played a key role in the 2V this spring. He helped the boat make its first ever appearance at the IRAs, taking fourth in the fourth level final. Marsh and the 2V earned a bronze medal at the ECAC NIRC and claimed gold at the New York State Championships and the Liberty League Championships. He was also a member of the silver medalist 2V at the Knecht Cup.
Letorney made his collegiate debut in the 1V, taking first place at the HWS Challenege and then earning Liberty League Boat of the Week honors. He competed in the 2V for the majority of the spring earning a bronze medal at ECACs and gold at both the New York State and Liberty League championships. He took home silver in the Knecht Cup and gold at the Head of the Genesee. He also competed in the 2V in its first ever appearance at the IRAs.
Hobart rowing capped the 2013-14 season taking part in the IRA National Championship regatta for the 10th time in program history. This year was the first time the Statesmen’s 2V and 3V have competed in the national championships. Hobart captured gold medals at the ECAC NIRC, New York State, and Liberty League championships as well as at the Knecht Cup. Hobart was ranked as high as No. 17 in the USRowing poll this spring.