Men's rowing faces Division I competition at Schuylkill Regatta

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

The Hamilton College Continentals' varsity 8 finished in ninth place out of 14 boats in the championship eights at the 49th Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton entered three boats in the regatta including a varsity 8 in the championship eights, a second varsity 8 in the club championship eights and a novice 8 in the college frosh/novice eights. All races were conducted on a 2.5-mile course.

The Continentals finished with a time of 12:35.121 in the championship eights race. Vesper Boat Club finished first with a time of 11:54.506, University of Pennsylvania's 'A' entry was the runner-up (11:56.796), and its 'C' entry ended up third (12:20.065). Hamilton was one of just three Division III programs with a boat in the race.

"The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta is a unique regatta that allows Division III schools to compete against Division I schools," Head Coach Jim Lister said. "We like to put ourselves in an environment where we know we will be challenged against faster programs like University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown."

The Continentals finished 18th out of 36 boats in the club championship eights with a time of 13:19.590 as just two Division III boats were faster than Hamilton. The Potomac Boat Club finished first with a time of 12:26.553, Drexel University took second place with a time of 12:35.237 and Temple University landed in third place (12:42.511).

The Continentals finished 10th of 17 boats in the college/frosh novice eights with a time of 14:34.623. Ithaca College was the lone Division III boat faster than Hamilton in the race. Temple was the race winner about two minutes ahead of the Continentals with a time of 12:35.863. Drexel's two entries took second and third place with times of 12:36.899 and 12:52.618, respectively.

"The Schuylkill results show progress of the teams' hard work," Lister said. "Even though it is our last race on the water until April, the foundation of good work habits continue to be forged. Without knowing the results before coming off the water due to the head race style of racing, all boats indicated good rows. The goal is to row with great intensity and to empty the tank. The men's team showed our depth with three eights racing in three different events, an increase from last year."

The regatta was Hamilton's last for the fall season.

-- Recap by Amanda Ghiloni '22


Varsity 8+
Haley Raphael '20 (cox)
John Burt '22
Will Grimes '21
Eric Fischer '20
Kyle Clark '22
James Cho '22
Thomas Marsh '20
Fred Pollevick '20
Andrew Vorrath '20

2nd Varsity 8+
Sami Brown '22 (cox)
Jon Jobling '20
Ben Grummon '22
Mike Buttarazzi '22
Ethan Tse '22
Devin Mendelson '22
Thomas Stucke '22
Shap McCoy '23
Dylan Koproski '23

Novice 8+
Tenzin Sherpa '23 (cox)
Russell Chan '23
Alvaro Marin Miralles '23
Charles Fischer '23
Samuel Cagnetta '23
Brendan Knapp '23
Sampreeth Aravilli '23
Tonwa Hauff '23
Obiamaka Nnadika '23