The Hamilton College women's rowing team competed in the 2017 Head of the Genesee on the Genesee River in Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday.
The Continentals collected gold medals in the varsity 8 and the second varsity 8. Hamilton finished first out of 10 crews in the varsity 8 and was first out of five finishers in the second varsity 8. The Continentals just missed out on a third medal in the novice 8 as they landed in fourth place out of 11 boats.
Hamilton's winning time in the varsity 8 was 17:37.7. Rochester Institute of Technology was next in 17:54.04 and William Smith College took third place in 18:06.10.
The Continentals won the second varsity 8 by more than 18 seconds with a time of 18:44.08. William Smith was runner-up in 19:02.46 and RIT ended up third in 19:12.96.
"It was a really good day for the program, particularly the women's team," head coach Rob Weber said. "I don't think Hamilton has ever won the Head of the Genesee, but it was a goal that I discussed with our team captains even over the summer. The field isn't very large, but we get to see some of our toughest in-state competition, and to come out on top in both the varsity and second varsity is an exciting indication of where we are in terms of our team depth and team speed this year. The team is pretty fired up for our last two races of the fall and for what the spring could bring."
Hamilton's novice 8 recorded a time of 21:21.98. William Smith claimed gold in 19:55.94, RIT was the runner-up in 20:07.15 and the University of Rochester grabbed third place in 20:57.91.
"Our men's and women's novices continue to gain valuable experience," Weber said. "Assistant coach Nicholas Miller has done a nice job bringing them along this fall, and we look forward to the contributions they'll make in the future."
The Continentals are off until the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston on Sunday, Oct. 22.