The Hamilton College women's rowing team competed in the 2017 New York State Collegiate Championships on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Saturday.
Weather conditions were nearly perfect for the Saturday morning heats but quickly deteriorated in the afternoon due to high winds.
Hamilton qualified for the varsity eight final by finishing second in its four-crew heat with a time of 6:59.242. The final was raced twice as racing conditions rapidly went downhill. After the first race, Ithaca College filed a protest and the decision was made to re-row. Rochester Institute of Technology protested after the second race and the Continentals filed a counter-protest. A lengthy discussion followed and it was determined that Ithaca was the winner with a time of 7:16.690 and RIT and Hamilton were awarded a tie for second place in 7:28.738.
"I was very pleased with the women's eight and the way they handled the stress of the situation and having to race a third time.," head coach Rob Weber said. "They showed a lot of grit and maturity and really earned their silver medal."
The Continentals are ranked 10th in the women's varsity eight in the most recent Division III Top 15 coaches poll. Ithaca is ranked third and RIT is eighth.
Hamilton also entered a crew in the collegiate junior varsity eight. The Continentals landed in fourth place out of six with a time of 8:52.519 while Ithaca was the race winner in 8:10.500.
"The second varsity eight finally raced in their straight final after a long delay, and performed admirably in the tough conditions," Weber said.
Hamilton participates in the 2017 National Invitational Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., on Friday, May 12.