The Hamilton College Continentals finished in fifth place in three races on Lake Quinsigamond in central Massachusetts on Saturday morning.
Everyone competed in great conditions on the 2,000-meter course. A light wind was present throughout, shifting from a cross tailwind in the first half to a cross headwind in the second.
Hamilton came in fifth place out of five boats for the Class of 2003 Cup with a time of 6:23.43, which was less than 14 seconds behind cup winner Wesleyan University (6:10.0). Worcester Polytechnic Institute was runner-up (6:16.28), University of Massachusetts was a close third (6:17.06) and Colby College was fourth (6:20.08).
"Early season racing in Worcester was a great opportunity for us to see several ranked teams from New England," head coach Jim Lister said. "For our first race of the season all boats showed good speed off the starting line and carried it well to the middle of the race. Our speed fell off a little on the back half."
The Continentals also landed in fifth place in the second varsity 8 (6:37.34) and the third varsity 8 (7:19.61). Wesleyan took the top spot in the second varsity 8 (6:23.92), followed by Colby (6:26.12), WPI (6:27.45) and Massachusetts (6:34.76). UMass was victorious in the third varsity 8 (6:56.55) and also finished fourth (7:03.63). WPI grabbed second place (6:58.8) and Colby ended up third (7:01.51).
The team races again on Sunday, April 7 and Lister views that as an opportunity to improve and build on present successes.
"The extra day of racing here on Sunday will allow us to make adjustments," he said. "The coxswains did a fantastic job handling the race course and side by side racing. With the lack of water time and some illness this past week, we look forward to racing back here next month at full go. We will see many of the crews again at the National Invitational Rowing Championships on May 12."
-- Release by Amanda Ghiloni '22