The Hobart College rowing team captured three medals, including a gold in the third varsity eight, in the Knecht Cup on Mercer Lake this weekend. The Statesmen varsity eight and second varsity eight secured silver medals in their respective events.
In a finals only race on Sunday, Hobart’s third varsity eight outpaced the field by seven seconds. Amanda Salzman, Billy Bird, Nick Faiello, Jordan Rooth, Brady Phillips, Dylan Brodie, Sam Menchel, Alexander Sanford, and Nick Snow powered the Statesmen eight across the line with a time of 6:30.42. Division II Rollins finished second with a time of 6:37.05 and Mary Washington rounded out the top 3.
On Saturday, the varsity eight won its heat, crossing the finish line 3.85 seconds ahead of Villanova. Due to high winds on the lake yesterday, racing was suspended for the middle portion of the day.
In this morning’s semifinal, Hobart’s top boat of coxswain Sam Zuckerman, stroke Joe Biesemeyer, Robert McNamara, August Wherry, Austin Letorney, John Hibbard, Brett Lawhon, Matthew Sylvan, and W. Hunter Holtz posted an open water victory to earn a spot in the afternoon’s grand final. Boston College finished second and Army finished third to join the Statesmen in the grand final. In the afternoon’s final, Hobart wrapped up the weekend with a second place finish, crossing the line with a time of 5:58.54. Drexel finished first, three seconds clear of the Statesmen, while Boston College rounded out the top three, finishing with a time of 6:08.17.
The second varsity race also raced once on Saturday. The Hobart boat powered by Sky Drazek, Tyler Steving, Davis Muller, Milos Milosavljevic,, Julien Green, Owen Monahan, D. Griffin Marsh, Mike Giroux, and Nicholas Baca, cruised to a semifinal victory over St. Joseph’s. The Statesmen won by 6.45 seconds. Bucknell finished third to advance to the grand final. In this afternoon’s final, Hobart crossed the line in second place, 3.32 seconds behind champion Drexel. The Statesmen beat third place Delaware by 5.35 seconds.
Hobart entered a boat in the men’s varsity pair event. Jonathan Glatman and Robert Hooper placed third in the petite final, crossing the line with a time of 7:59.57.
Hobart also entered a novice eight boat in the Frosh/Novice Eight race. The Statesmen boat placed fourth in the grand final just 4.29 seconds off of the podium. Hobart’s varsity four finished fifth in their heat, failing to advance to the finals.
The Statesmen will be back on the water on April 24, when they seek their 10th consecutive Liberty League title. The championship will take place on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, New York.