The Hamilton College Continentals entered three boats on the final day of racing on Lake Quinsigamond in central Massachusetts on Sunday morning.
Hamilton raced with a headwind at 11 mph out of the west southwest as they competed against Marist College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Bates College and Connecticut College. All the races were held on a 2,000-meter course.
The Continentals' varsity 8 and second varsity 8 boats came in fourth place out of five. The varsity 8 finished with a time of 6:49.55, which was a little more than 25 seconds behind the winning Marist boat and its time of 6:24.2. WPI was second (6:36.77) and Bates was right behind in third place (6:37.4). Connecticut College's entry was scratched.
"Our second day of racing this weekend allowed each boat to make adjustments to their race plan," head coach Jim Lister said. "The men's varsity 8 and second varsity 8 raced with highly competitive teams Marist, Bates and WPI. The men showed matching speed through the first 500 meters with a more aggressive start. It was exciting to see four boats across coming through the spectator area. Our need to carry the speed will come from more time together now that the waterway is open on our home course."
Hamilton's second varsity 8 boat's time of 7:09.06 finished a little less than 22 seconds behind Marist's first-place boat and its time of 6:47.6. Bates followed in second place (6:52.72), WPI took third (6:55.47) and Connecticut College was fifth (8:33.89).
The Continentals' varsity 4 boat finished in third place with a time of 8:01.53, falling about 16 seconds behind the first place WPI boat and its time of 7:45.4. A second WPI entry was runner-up in 7:55.5 and Connecticut College finished a distant fourth (9:15.7).
"The novice boats benefitted from the quick turnaround and built on their performances from Saturday," Lister said. "The novice men raced in a 4+ and handled the boat very well with a close third place finish.
"Overall, it was a competitive field of teams to compete with for our first weekend of racing. I am so impressed with the willingness of the team to step right into the competition with aggressive race plans. We now know the speed and have three weekends of racing on our home course to prepare to see these crews again at the NIRC regatta on May 12. I want to thank all the support from our parents. We had so many families on the shore cheering our boats."
The Hamilton men will host Rochester Institute of Technology on Saturday, April 13 on the Erie Canal in Rome.
-- Release by Amanda Ghiloni '22