For the 12th straight season the Hobart College varsity eight was voted the Liberty League Crew of the Year by the league’s coaches. The Statesmen have won the award every year it has been presented and have never lost the league’s varsity eight race.
Junior coxswain Sam Zuckerman, sophomore stroke Austin Letorney, junior August Wherry, senior Robert McNamara, junior Julien Green, junior Brett Lawhon, sophomore Matthew Sylvan, senior W. Hunter Holtz, and senior Joe Biesemeyer powered the Hobart eight to a 13.69-second victory. The Statesmen stopped the clock with a time of 6:29.07. Five of the nine members of the boats were on last year’s Liberty League Crew of the Year. Holtz and McNamara have been in four straight Crews of the Year, while Lawhon and Wherry have earned the accolade three straight years.
Zuckerman, Letorney, Sylvan and Green represented Hobart on the All-Liberty League team, which is made up of 10 rowers and a coxswain.
The Statesmen varsity eight ranked as high as 20th in the USRowing Collegiate Poll this season and was receiving votes throughout the season. The boat was twice named the Liberty League Boat of the Week, once this fall after winning a silver medal at the Head of the Charles and then again following the conference championship race.
The Statesmen varsity eight also stood on the podium at the Knecht Cup and ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships this spring. Hobart collected silver medals in the varsity eight event at both regattas.
The Statesmen will close out their championship season May 29-31 when they travel to West Windsor Township, New Jersey, for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships. Hobart’s 1V, 2V, and 3V, are scheduled to compete in the regatta. It will be the Statesmen’s 10th appearance at the IRA Championship and second straight year with three eights.