Hamilton women row in national invitational championships

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

The Hamilton College women'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 second varsity eight. The Continentals finished in 10th place out of 19 entries in the varsity eight and landed in 12th place out of 17 entries in the second varsity eight.

"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 in third place in its heat with a time of 6:59.055. The Continentals moved on to the afternoon's petite final and finished fourth out of six boats with a time of 7:06.228. Hamilton, which was less than two seconds out of second place in the final, is ranked ninth in this week's Division III Top 15 coaches poll. No. 8 Rochester Institute of Technology was first (6:57.134) followed by No. 10 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (7:05.008) and Division I University of New Hampshire (7:05.241). The Continentals finished ahead of No. 14 Colby College (7:11.251) and No. 15 William Smith College (7:12.792).

In the second varsity eight the Continentals finished fourth in their five-boat heat with a time of 7:18.906 and qualified for the petite final. Hamilton placed sixth in the afternoon final with a slightly faster time of 7:18.871.

"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 fifth out of seven crews from the NESCAC in the varsity eight.

"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!"


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