Florida trip energizes crew teams

By Daphne Assimakopoulos ’17

After a harsh winter, the Hamilton College crew teams took advantage of spring break by traveling to the warmth and sunshine of Tampa, Fla., where they competed in the TARS Regatta on Lake Maitland.

“Going to Florida together really allowed us to bond as a team. We got to take advantage of the amazing weather that we won’t have here in New York for a while,” commented Kelsie Sausville ’17. “The upperclassmen on this team have really stepped up and been great leaders and role models.”

All races were 1,950 meters in a 5-8 mile per hour cross headwind. Hamilton came away with four first place finishes: the women’s varsity eight, women’s junior-varsity eight, women’s novice eight, and men’s novice eight.

The women’s varsity eight beat out Army, Rollins College  and Florida State University, coming in 5 seconds ahead of second place with a time of 6:57.2. The women’s junior varsity sent two boats into the race and took both first and second place, with times of  7:21.7 and 7:28.3,  respectively. Women’s novice also took a win with a time of 7:17.1.

The women’s varsity eight powered to a win with rowers Leah Sorensen ’14, Ally Kontra ’15, Maddy Maher ’17, Keara Lynn ’16, Caroline Walton ’15,  Jess Pedersen ’15, Emma Zanazzi ’15 and Karly Moore ’15.

The women saw great success in the fall, and with so many established rowers, they can only improve in the spring season. Walton ’15, who rows in the four seat, was a 2013 second team All-American, in addition to being named to the NESCAC and ECAC all-conference teams.

The men also put forth a valiant effort and had a strong showing. The men’s varsity eight came in third place with a time of 6:30.53. Philip Ewing ’15, Kyle Leahy ’14, Jack Wildman ’15, Landon Morin ’16, Grant Meglis ’14, Max Geiduschek ’14, Jared Lippman ’15 and Russ DeGrazia’15 rowed the boat to their admirable finish.

The men’s novice eight took the men’s best finish, beating out Embry Riddle College by over 20 seconds. Bowin Lee?’17 coxswained the boat which held and powered through the waves by Elias Clough?’17, George Segee-Wright?’17, Oliver Magnusson?’17, Michael Burchesky?’17, Rich Wenner?’17,  Will Fierston?’16, Mark Colleran?’17 and Charlie Feinberg ’17.

Although the Continentals’ home regatta scheduled for Saturday,  April 5 in the Gilman Plate and Cup competition on the Erie Canal has been postponed to April 16th, the teams will travel to Tufts this Sunday, April 6.


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