This article contains the latest updates from Henley Royal Regatta. The updates are from June 3rd, which is the final day of races for the Statesmen.
Fourth Henley Update
Today was the third day of racing and Friday serves as the quarterfinals for all of the events. Friday and Saturday at Henley are the hottest tickets of the week because of how fast and competitive the races are.
The team had great racing weather today; conditions were favorable to all crews and some regatta course records fell or were equaled over the course of the day. ASR Nereus, one of the Dutch crews in our event, broke the course record by an astounding 9 seconds earlier in the day.
The Statesmen faced off with the Columbia lightweight crew at 6 p.m. local time. The Columbia team won its first two races comfortably and is coming off silver medal performances at the Easter Sprints and the IRA National Championship. This was a well prepared and competitive crew. The Lions took a slight lead off the starting line and were able to withstand multiple pushes from the Statesmen, who drew as close as a canvas (which would place our bow ball on their bow seat) but won by a margin of 3/4 of a length. The official results of the race are:
Columbia University, U.S.A. beat Hobart College, U.S.A. verdict 3/4 length
race day station barrier fawley finish
59 Friday 1 – Berks 1.48 3.03 6.19
Coach Bugenhagen had this to say about the race: “The race was as tough as it looked. There are a lot of variables at play on every race course, but the Henley race course is arguably the most unique and today our best wasn’t quite good enough to come across the line in front of Columbia, which is a fine crew that is expertly coached and trained, so we tip our hat in congratulations to them because they withstood our best effort and won.”
Making it to the quarterfinals in this event is quite an accomplishment, and once again this group of oarsmen added another benchmark in their chapter of the program’s history book, as this is Hobart’s deepest run into the regatta in all five of our appearances. For the seniors in this boat, and throughout the program, we say thank you and job well done. The Class of 2015 raised the bar every year and each year set program best performances.
For our returning athletes, they’ve done the work side-by-side with these seniors and they are intimately aware of the standards required in our process and have a model of leadership they can refer back to as they steward the program to the next great achievement.
The day was capped off with a team dinner. Three of our families, the Letorneys (Austin ’17), the Sylvans (Matt ’17) and the Mullers (Davis ’16), invited the team over and had a wonderful cookout with alumni, parents, and the students. It was a great way to end the day and a firm reminder that the Hobart rowing family is always there to support us in our endeavors. Thank you to all of our wonderful fans, friends and families at home and abroad, we could not have had this experience without your support.
Our last Henley update will be posted upon the team’s return to Geneva.
As always, it’s great to be a Statesmen!