Men's rowing competes on Erie Canal for last time this spring

Grant Kiefaber '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Grant Kiefaber '19 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals' varsity 8 came in second place out of three boats in Saturday's race on the Erie Canal in Rome, N.Y.

The schedule was reduced to a handful of races due to challenging weather that included 18 to 20 mph tailwinds with gusts up to 35 mph. The races were all 2,000 meters in length.

Hamilton's varsity 8 finished second in their race against Ithaca College and Colgate University. The Continentals finished with a time of 5:59.87, which was about 10 seconds behind Colgate's first place boat (5:49.81). The Ithaca boat came in third with a time of 6:08.99.

The second varsity 8 came in second in a head-to-head race against Ithaca. The Continentals finished with a time of 6:18.86, about three seconds behind Ithaca's winning time of 6:15.25. The third varsity 8 also fell to Ithaca in a head-to-head race, finishing 15 seconds back with a time of 6:42.80. Ithaca's third varsity 8 finished in 6:27.58.

"The varsity men's boat found an aggressive rhythm and were able to carry it through the race," head coach Jim Lister said. "The men's second varsity 8 had a close race with Ithaca, and we expect some good close racing again next week.

"I want to acknowledge the flexibility of all our boats to race on a very difficult day of weather. It's rare this time of year to have winter-like conditions. I also want to thank all the officials and support from the staff to get fair racing for our visiting crews; Ithaca, Colgate, Marist and Syracuse."

The Hamilton men will row again at the 2019 New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, May 4.

-- Recap by Amanda Ghiloni '22


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Varsity 8
Haley Raphael '20 (cox)
Grant Kiefaber '19
Trent Pfeiffer '19
Eric Fischer '20
Thomas Marsh '20
Will Grimes '21
Andrew Vorrath '20
Nick Wilkins '22
Josh Hollenberg '21

Second Varsity 8
Rileigh Arrington '21 (cox)
John Burt '22
Joel Harper '21
James Cho '22
Philip Gow '21
Blake Wintermute '22
Jarod Estacio '21
Leo Ross '21
Jon Jobling '20

Third Varsity 8
Sami Brown '22 (cox)
Leo Ross '21
Ben Grummon '22
Devin Mendelson '22
Kyle Clark '22
Mike Buttarazzi '22
Blake Wintermute '22
Chris Tolan '22
Thomas Stucke '22

Four+
Haley Raphael '20 (cox)
Josh Hollenberg '21
Jarod Estacio '21
Joel Harper '21
John Burt '22

Four+
Rileigh Arrington '21 (cox)
Nick Wilkins '22
Philip Gow '21
James Cho '22
Ben Grummon '22