Wednesday, June 4, 2014


The team left Rochester Thursday afternoon, carpooling in teammates' cars for a two day drive down to Gainesville, Georgia. Everyone arrived safely and without incident late Friday afternoon at Lake Lanier rowing club, ready to finally get out of the car and onto the water for a pre-race practice.

Racing began on Saturday 5/24 with preliminary heats to determine which crews would go on to finals. UR entered boats in the men's freshman/novice four, varsity four, pair (2-) and double (2x). The pair and double both made it directly to Sunday's grand finals and the freshman four went on to semifinals, also on Sunday. The varsity four went to reps later on Saturday and secured a spot in petite finals. Racing conditions were beautiful and sunny the entire weekend, with a slight headwind on Lake Lanier.

The Freshman four was first to go in Sunday morning's semifinals, crossing the line in fourth and placing into the grand finals. Next the double, with Henry Druschel in bow and Mark Stoessel in stern, raced in grand finals, crossing the line in seventh overall with a time of 7:27.6. The pair, with Bill Li in stern and Joe Prosack in bow, won bronze medals with a time of 7:16.0. The freshman four then returned to the race course for grand finals, finishing eighth with a time of 6:49.5. The lineup was: 4) Ethan Dimmock 3) Mat Johnson 2) Gavin Piester 1) Alex Crawford and Cox, Addison Ault. The varsity four raced in petite finals not too long after, crossing the line in seventh with a time of 7:02.8. The lineup was: 4) Keith McCutchan 3) Jeremy Warner 2) Zach Dean 1) Jon Curtis and Cox, Brett Chenoweth. These final few races concluded our 2014 Spring season. Coach John Bernfield was overall satisfied with the season's results, and is excited to continue working with the team to take on top tier club schools, especially after rowing against schools such as the University's of Michigan and Virginia in grand finals in multiple events.

Full results can be found here:

Spring season is over, but summer training has already begun. Next year we hope to continue to grow as a team both within the University and on the water, with the ultimate goal of medaling at the NY State championship regatta. Here's to a great season, a summer of hard work, and rowing ever better.

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