Women's rowing off to fast start in 2017 fall season

The victorious Hamilton women's varsity 8 after the Bridge to Bridge Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 1.
The victorious Hamilton women's varsity 8 after the Bridge to Bridge Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 1.

The Hamilton College women's rowing team finished first in the varsity 8 and second varsity 8 in the Bridge to Bridge Regatta on the Erie Canal in Rome, N.Y., on Sunday.

Racing conditions were near perfect with a slight tailwind building toward the end of racing. Hamilton posted a winning time of 24:11.4 on the 6.6-kilometer course in the varsity 8. St. Lawrence University was second in 25:01.3 and Colgate University ended up third in 25:27. In the second varsity 8, the Continentals (25:53.4) bested St. Lawrence (27:28.9) in a head-to-head matchup.

"It was great to see all four of our varsity eights get a win in our opening race, it sets a great tone," head coach Rob Weber said. "And our novices got their first race under their belts. Our student-athletes have set lofty goals for themselves, and this was the way to come out of the gates. We can -- and will -- get better, and to be competitive in upcoming races, we need to get better. But, our kids have been working really hard, and it paid off today."

Hamilton finished behind St. Lawrence in the novice 8 in another two-boat race. The Continentals posted a time of 17:37.2 while the Saints recorded a time of 16:34.9 on the 4-kilometer course. Hamilton took third place out of five entries in the varsity 4 with coxswain in a time of 17:35.2. Clarkson University crossed the finish line first in 16:24.7 and Colgate's "A" entry edged the Continentals with a time of 17:30.2.

Hamilton competes in the Head of the Genesee on Saturday, Oct. 7.


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Elizabeth Foot '20
Ellie Pinto '18
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