Tuesday, May 8, 2012

UR Brings Home Several Medals from NY States

It was a great weekend for UR Crew at NY State Championships, with many boats making a strong showing and several bringing home medals.

In the choppy waters of the Whitney Point course where the regatta is always held, the Lightweight 4 (6:51.50) and the Varsity 4 (6:58.70) both came in first in their respective events, and the Open 4 (8:08.87) came in third in theirs, good for two golds and a bronze. The Lightweight 4 (from bow: Jacob Miller (cox), Jody Wegman, Henry Druschel, Joe Prosack, Ross Pedersen) was behind Binghamton (6:53.85) off the start, but fought hard through the body of the race to keep from falling behind. Entering the last 750 meters, they started to move, passing their opponents with about 100 meters to go in the race and holding their lead until the finish to. The other Rochester boat in the race (from bow: Ben Levy (cox), Will Horn, Rob Dowd, Greg Werbin, Ryan Wier) lost to Vassar by a few seconds with a time of 7:31.37, good for fourth.

The Varsity 4 (Jason Huang (cox), Ben Feifke, Eli Robbins, Bill Li, Tyler Gomez-Basauri) came in second in their heat on Saturday to advance to the finals, then held off a hard-charging Marist in an exciting last 500 to earn gold. The Varsity 8 (Nicholas LeClaire, Matt Ma, Chris Cistrone, Greg McKiernan, Henry Druschel, Jody Wegman, Joe Prosack, Ross Pedersen) came in fourth in their heat on Saturday with a time of 6:16.06, missing the Grand Final by just under 2 seconds, then came in second in the Petite Final to RIT with a time of 6:20.86. The Freshman/Novice 4 (Yongjian Bi, Ryan Wier, Jeremy Warner, Rob Dowd) also missed the Grand Final, pulling a 7:20.66 in their heat, then ran away with the Petite Final, winning by more than 12 seconds with a 7:20.80, a time that would've been good enough for third in the Grand Final.

The team now heads into the final stretch of the season, competing in the 79th Dad Vail regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia this Friday and Saturday, then heading to Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia for the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships on May 26th and 27th, and hope to keep their momentum and continue to put up good results.

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