Four members of the Hobart College rowing team received team awards at the annual Block H dinner on April 27. Sophomore Austin Letorney was presented with the S. Ford Weitskittel Rowing Award as the team’s most valuable oarsman.
Senior Nick Faiello received the Charles “Chip” Hart ’90 Award for determination and commitment throughout the season and sophomore Mike Giroux earned the Kent Smack ’97 Most Improved Rower Award. First-year Harrison Luce was presented with the Rookie Award for Rowing.
Letorney, an All-Liberty League selection, was the stroke seat of Hobart’s Liberty League Crew of the Year. He helped the Statesmen log their best ever finish ever in the varsity eight at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships, finishing fourth in the third level final for 16th place overall. As a part of the varsity eight, he earned two Liberty League Boat of the Week awards. Letorney and the varsity eight won silver medals at the ECAC NIRC, Knecht Cup and the Head of the Charles. The Statesmen earned their 11th straight gold medal at the Liberty League Championships. Letorney was last year’s Rookie Award for Rowing recipient.
Faiello rowed in the seven seat of the third varsity eight this spring. The 3V made its second straight appearance at the IRAs this season, finishing in 18th place. Faiello earned gold medals at the Knecht Cup and Liberty League Championships and a silver medal at the ECAC NIRC regatta in the 3V. The third varsity eight was named Liberty League Boat of the Week once.
Giroux was the two seat in Hobart’s second varsity eight this spring. After spending his first-year in the 4V, he improved his off the water testing scores to earn a seat in the 2V. Giroux helped the second varsity eight make its second straight appearance at the national championship, finishing 17th overall. He helped the 2V win gold medals at the ECAC NIRC and the Liberty League Championships and a silver medal at the Knecht Cup. Giroux was a part of one Liberty League Boat of the Week.
Luce rowed with the novice eight this fall before moving into the third varsity eight this spring. He helped the 3V capture gold at the Liberty League Championships and the Knecht Cup. The boat also won a silver medal at the ECAC NIRC. Luce and the 3V competed at the IRA National Championships, finishing in 18th.
Hobart rowing capped the 2014-15 campaign with three boats competing at the IRA National Championships for the second straight year. The Statesmen’s top two boats, the V8 and 2V8, posted program best finishes in their respective events. Hobart captured gold medals at the ECAC NIRC, Liberty League Championships, and the Knecht Cup this season. The Statesmen varsity eight raced in the Henley Royal Regatta, which began on July 1.