Monday, April 7, 2014

UPDATE: UR Men vs St Lawrence 3/29/14


The men’s crews opened their season with hard fought races against St Lawrence on the city course on the Genesee River.

After a productive spring break a camp Bob Cooper located on Lake Marian in South Carolina, the crews returned to winter conditions in Rochester. Another week of training on the ergometers and in the weight room was a necessary evil to get us to our first competition.  Thankfully, the conditions improved on Friday allowing us to get one row on the water. Our first and only row on the Genesee before the Saturday race against St Lawrence University.

The first race, the novice 4 with UR’s true novices racing a St Lawrence Crew with 2 experienced freshmen in the boat.  The UR’s four put in a game effort but they were beaten by the more experienced St Lawrence Crew. The UR novice crew consisted of:  Stroke: Justin Fraumeni, 3) Austin Baily, 2) Zach Kaye and Aaron Lim at bow.

The Varsity race was a combined 1V and 2V with UR and St Lawrence having a 1V and 2V each.  In the 1V race St Lawrence took an early lead and were up by about 4 seats through the 1000 meter mark where the UR challenged by moving back a few seats.  Ultimately the rough conditions proved the undoing of the yellow jackets crew and St Lawrence won by about a half of a length. 

The UR 2V rowed an excellent race and moved away from the St Lawrence crew from the start.  Ultimately finishing some 9 seconds behind the UR 1V and 10 seconds ahead of St Lawrence’s 2V.

UR men’s coach, John Bernfield, was reasonably pleased with the results: He stated that “the crews rowed as well as could be expected considering the rough conditions and the relative lack of water time”. He pointed out that while there is great intersquad competition for the 1V we have 4 freshmen and 5 sophomores competing in the first two boats.  “That lack of experience and long term training will hurt us early on in the season,” he added.

The lineup for the 1V is: Brett Chenoweth, Cox, 8) Jared Freedman, 7) Mat Johnson, 6) Mark Stoessel, 5) Bill Li 4) Ethan Dimmoch, 3) Dave Mullin, 2) Henry Druschel and 1) Keith McCuthchen.
The lineup for the 2V is: Addison Ault, Cox, 8) Zach Dean, 7) Joe Prosack, 6) Gavin Piester, 5) Jeremy Warner, 4) Rob Dowd, 3) Alex Crawford, 2) Matt Ma and Jon Curtis at bow.
Unfortunately, the planned Sunday race with Canisus and Franklin and Marshall was cancelled because of a 6 inch snow fall on Saturday night.  No makeup date has been set at this point.

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