April 5th, Hamilton Crew traveled to Ithaca, NY for their first regatta
of Spring sprint season to face off against Ithaca, William Smith,
Pacific Lutheran, and Hobart. Ithaca, William Smith and Pacific Lutheran
are perennially in the top 10 of Division III women's rowing, and
Ithaca and Hobart are consistently top New York crews. Hamilton Crew
went into this race knowing the challenge they would face with this
top competition. However, the crew was also eager to measure up and
see where they stood.
In the Men's
Varsity 8+ race, Hamilton lined up against Ithaca College. The Hamilton
team consisted of Matt Baum (cox), Kevin Hall, Steve Larson, Adam
Schayowitz, Pete Coxeter, Josh Huling, Tom Goolsby, Henry Chicaiza,
and Chris Martin-McNaughton. In what was a close race until the
last 500 meters, Ithaca went on to win at a time of 5:46 with Hamilton
finishing just 15 seconds behind (6:01). In the Varsity 4+ race,
Hamilton entered the freshman four of Lisa Schaaf (cox), John Adams,
Colton Riley, Chris Abbott and Alex Kaufman against fours from Hobart
and Ithaca. Hobart won with a time of 6:34 with Ithaca in second
with 6:56 and Hamilton in third with a time of 7:10.
The Women's Varsity 8+ had two dual races,
one against Pacific Lutheran University and the other against Ithaca
College. Rowing in the first race for Hamilton were Chloe Hensold
(cox), Liz Lamdin, Alexis Castrovinci, Shana Weinberg, Kate Wardwell,
Liz McPhillips, Kristen Dillner, Kalin Jaffe, and Becky Kessler.
Pacific Lutheran was able to take a quick lead off the start and
managed to hold off the Hamilton boat to win with a time of 6:42.
Hamilton pulled in with a time of 7:05. The second race saw the
same boat, this time coxed by Julia Morgan, facing off against the
home team, Ithaca. Ithaca won with a time of 6:52 over Hamilton's
7:11. In the Women's JV 8+, a Hamilton boat that was a mix of varsity
and novice rowers went up against the Ithaca JV and the Ithaca Lightweight
boats. The Hamilton boat of Meggie Ito (cox), Jessica Wolinsky,
Dana Kirchoff, Katie D'Agostino Becky Benham, Megan Malone, Anne
Kurtz, and Amber Gillis finished 3rd with a time of 7:45. The Ithaca
JV finished in 7:12, with the Lightweights finishing in 7:16.
In the Men's Freshman 8+, Hamilton boated
Dan Horowitz (cox), Chris Abbott, Kosta Popovic, Andreu Viader Valls,
Dan Nelson, John Adams, Alex Kaufman, Axtell Arnold, and Jamie Grifo
against Ithaca. Ithaca made a big move in the second 500 meters
and went on to win at a time of 6:06. Hamilton crossed the line
with a time of 6:22.
The Women's Freshman 8+ saw Meggie Ito (cox),
Jessica Wolinsky, Dana Kirchoff, Katie Cameron, Lisi Krainer, Courtney
McBride, Amanda Bennett, Anne Kurtz and Alice Peterson face off
against Ithaca and William Smith. Ithaca won with a time of 6:49
followed by William Smith at 6:55 and Hamilton with 7:28.
Overall, the race was a very positive experience
for the team. Racing the top competition is a necessary step for
the team as it continues its ascent to the top of New York State
rowing teams. With four weeks left before the New York State Collegiate
Championships, the team members now know exactly how much speed
they need to pick up to make it to the top.
The race scheduled for Sunday, April 6th
against Colgate and Marist was cancelled, due to freezing temperatures
and strong winds at Lake Onondaga at Syracuse. Instead, there will
be a race scheduled against Colgate and Drexel for next Sunday (April
13) at a location to be determined.