The Hamilton College Continentals finished behind Rochester Institute of Technology in three head-to-head races on the Erie Canal in Rome on Saturday.
The Continentals hosted the regatta on their home 2,000-meter course. Racing conditions were solid with a tailwind of 12 to 14 mph.
Hamilton's varsity 8 boat came within three seconds of RIT with a time of 6:06.97 to 6:04.79. The second varsity 8 boat came even closer, finishing less than two seconds behind RIT with a time of 6:16.35 to 6:14.59.
Despite the loss, head coach Jim Lister was encouraged by the team's performance. "The emphasis was to start out strong and finish with a better back half of the race," Lister said. "The win column won't be filled with a W, but the side-by-side racing all the way down surely revealed the grit of this squad. The varsity 8 was 2.18 seconds from an aggressive RIT crew and the 2V8 was even closer with a 1.76 margin. We look forward to seeing a formidable competitor at the New York State Championships."
The third varsity 8 boat came in with a time of 6:42.69, which was more than 15 seconds behind RIT and its time of 6:27.57.
"Our men's and women's third varsity 8 both continue to improve their race capacity and we expect them to be ready at the New York State Championships with three more weeks of preparation," Lister said. "Today was our opportunity to host the first of three home regattas on the Erie Canal. The shoreline at the finish line was full of tents filled with parents and alumni. The home course cheers were much appreciated for a very exciting day of racing. We are grateful to have what I think is one of the best race courses in New York. The course held up tremendously well to allow for fair racing conditions. It was a good day for Hamilton Rowing."
Hamilton will host Union College, St. Lawrence University, University of Rochester and Vassar College on Saturday, April 20 on the Erie Canal.
-- Release by Amanda Ghiloni '22