Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Preliminary heats began Saturday afternoon to determine boat placement for Sunday's finals. The 1V8+ had a hard fought race for second against RIT and West Point, being narrowly beat out by less than a second. Results of the heat were 1. Hobart 2. West Point 3. RIT 4. Rochester 5. Buffalo. The 2V8+ had a close prelims race as well, with the exact same end results as the 1V race. Both boats advanced to Sunday's Petite Final.

The 1V8+ kicked off the racing on Sunday in the Petite Final against RPI, Buffalo, Union, and St. Lawrence. Falling behind by several seats at the start, 1V held on to the other boats through the first 500m and began gaining through the second 500. Rough water and a harsh crosswind throughout the middle 1000m made things difficult, but the 1V continued taking seats and gained open water on the other crews despite the conditions. 1V cruised into the last 500m of the race with a decisive lead, but as they entered the final sprint RPI began moving back up, leading the other boats. 1V still held them off and took first place in the Men's Collegiate Varsity 8+ Petite Final with a time of 6:41.88, a good two and a half seconds ahead of the next fastest boat.

The 1V8+ lineup was: Cox, Brett Chenoweth 8) Keith McCutchan 7) Joe Prosack 6) Gavin Piester 5) Bill Li 4) Ethan Dimmock 3) Mat Johnson 2) Henry Druschel 1) Alex Crawford.

Later that morning, UR's second varsity eight faced up against Skidmore, Union College, and RPI in the Petite Finals at the NYS Championship Regatta. The wind had picked up even more, and the middle 1000m of the course was marked by white caps. The 2V8+ took second through the middle 1000m despite the chop, gaining on Skidmore into the final 500m of the race. Skidmore managed to hold off 2V and take first, but Rochester still took second place in the Men's Collegiate JV8+ with a time of 7:10.86, handily beating out the third and fourth place crews by 18 and 30 seconds consecutively.

The 2V8+ lineup was: Cox, Addison Ault 8) Zach Dean 7) Jeremy Warner 6) Mark Stoessel 5) Dave Mullin 4) Rob Dowd 3) Matt Ma 2) Justin Fraumeni 1) Jon Curtis

Full race results can be found here:http://www.regattaworks.com/nyscrc/results.php?id=129

Next weekend Rochester Men's Crew will see many of these same schools again at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, May 9-10.

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