Hamilton men row in national invitational championships

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

The Hamilton College men's rowing team competed in the 2017 National Invitational Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., on Friday.

Hamilton crews raced in the varsity eight and the open fours. The Continentals finished in 14th place out of 17 entries in the varsity eight and just missed out on a medal as they took fifth place out of 12 entries.

"Our results were commendable, our student-athletes gave a great effort, and we gained valuable experience as athletes and as coaches," head coach Rob Weber said. "This season has really been about a young team learning how to be a team and how to race, and we were very successful in that regard. We have a solid foundation moving into next year."

In the varsity eight Hamilton ended up fifth in its morning heat with a time of 6:10.675 and the Continentals moved on to the third-level final. Hamilton was runner-up in the afternoon's final with a time of 6:18.935. Trinity College grabbed first place in the third-level final in 6:12.894. The Continentals finished ahead of Boston College, University of Massachusetts and the University of New Hampshire.

Hamilton placed third in its open fours heat with a time of 7:04.654 and advanced to the grand final. The Continentals recorded a time of 7:12.398 which was just 3.2 seconds out of a bronze medal. Boston College's 'A' entry claimed the open fours victory as its time of 6:51.685 was nearly 13 seconds ahead of the race runner-up.

"Undoubtedly, we hoped for better results on Friday," Weber said. "While our men's 4+ qualified for the A final to start the day off well and the women's second varsity eight performed well in the heat to qualify for the B final, we had some trouble as a team finding the flow and the speed that we look for in a championship race. And while none of us wants to make excuses, being in the middle of finals week had a big effect - it really took a toll on us mentally and physically. We were competitive nonetheless, and I'm proud of the way our kids handled themselves in proving that they are true student-athletes."

The event doubled as the 2017 NESCAC Rowing Championships. The Continentals finished seventh out of seven crews from the NESCAC in the varsity eight. This was Hamilton's final regatta of 2016-17.

"We can certainly point to some positive results," Weber said. "The men's 4+ qualified for the A final, and our other boats beat crews that had gotten the better of them during the season - some more than once. The women's second varsity eight beat St. Lawrence in their heat, the women's varsity eight beat William Smith in the B final, and our men's varsity eight beat UMass in the C final - all things to regard as accomplishments and as evidence of our kids' resiliency. The future is bright for Hamilton Rowing, and I can't wait for September!"



Mali Barker '17 - cox
Haley Raphael '20 - cox