Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall Season Begins for UR Crew at Head of the Potomac

UR Crew attended their first regatta of the 2012 Fall season in Washington D.C. this past weekend, with several boats getting the season off to a strong start on the waters of the Potomac River.

Racing against schools like Georgetown University and the University of Maryland and local clubs like Potomac Boat Club and Capital Rowing Club, Rochester put up good results across five different boat categories. The highest-placing boat was the Open Pair (from bow: Joe Prosack, Ross Pedersen), who won their event with a time of 16:30.2, more than 40 seconds ahead of the University of Maryland boat that took second. Also competing in a small boat was Henry Druschel, placing fourth in the Lightweight Single. He finished in 18:08.4, about 30 seconds off of first place and 30 seconds ahead of fifth.

As the day progressed, the waters got a little choppier, and the racing transitioned to larger boats. The Club Eight (Brian Hughes, Sean Garrison, Barron Rosborough, Colin Bowen, Daniel Salazar, James Taylor, Rigel Goheen, Rob Dowd, Ellen Boland (cox)) performed well, posting a time of 14:50.5, good for fifth of the nine entries, and the Open Eight (Ben Feifke, Eli Robbins, Henry Druschel, Jonathan Rex, Bill Li, Tyler Gomez, Joe Prosack, Greg McKiernan, Eric Demeo (cox)) crossed the line in 14:13.8, beating out one Georgetown boat and falling behind two others and a Potomac Boat Club entry.

The final Rochester boats were entered in the Men's Four, and both put up good results. Though they were both competing in the Open category, they were split into heavyweight and lightweight, with the heavyweight boat (Ben Feifke, Eli Robbins, Bill Li, Tyler Gomez, Eric Demeo (cox)) pulling a 16:17.7 and the lightweights (Jeremy Warner, Matt Ma, Will Horn, Ross Pedersen, Brett Chenoweth (cox)) a 16:02.8, good for 7th and 5th respectively.

This weekend, Rochester competes on their home turf in the Head of the Genesee. Boasting a unique split format, with a head race in the morning followed by a sprint in the afternoon, they hope to continue the progress they've made already this fall and use their superior knowledge of the river to have another successful weekend of racing.

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