The Hamilton College Continentals took home medals in three races at the 2019 New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships, which were held on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs on Saturday.
"The New York State Championships in Saratoga Springs had 28 teams from around the state," head coach Jim Lister said. "It was an opportunity to measure ourselves with new teams like Army and assess our progress with teams we raced recently including Ithaca College.
"Each boat raced to a podium finish. Four crews with a silver medal performance and two crews with a bronze medal performance. This is a reflection not only of our speed of the program but also to the depth. The work invested during winter and early spring training allowed each crew to compete with the top boats in each race."
Hamilton captured the silver medal by finishing second in the collegiate 8 final with a time of 6:00.991. Army edged the Continentals with a winning time of 5:59.9 and Ithaca College was third in 6:03.083. Hamilton reached the afternoon's final with a runner-up finish (6:21.672) to Army (6:08.3) in their five-boat heat.
"The varsity 8 race was going to be a battle of the top seeded crews Army, Ithaca and Hamilton," Lister said. "Contact was close the entire race and came down to one second to defending champs Army. The men really put together a great race and are showing much faster times compared to their early-season speed. It's really exciting to see the boat come together and figure out the small stuff. The fitness and power has always been there, it just took a few more weeks of practice to sort out their rhythm."
The Continentals also grabbed silver in the collegiate JV 8 with a time of 6:18.626. Ithaca was the race winner in 6:12.23 and Army landed in third place with a time of 6:29.598.
"The second varsity 8 was hoping to reverse last week's close result with Ithaca," Lister said. The Bombers prevailed, but the boat was excited to be in front of Army for the first time in that event and capture a silver medal."
Hamilton made it three silver medals by finishing second in a six-boat novice collegiate 8 race with a time of 6:42.988. Army clinched the gold (6:26.6) and Buffalo State College was third (6:57.614). "The third varsity 8 did a great job and had a new novice rower in EthanKent Tse who just started rowing three weeks ago," Lister said. "It says a lot about the boat's ability to work together.
"The team was really up for racing. They came in very prepared with their minds set on making their speed and staying very internal. We look at each practice this week as another opportunity to get a little faster as we train for the National Invitational Rowing Championships."
The National Invitational Rowing Championships, which doubles as the NESCAC Championships, is Sunday, May 12 on Lake Quinsigamond near Worcester, Massachusetts.