Women's rowing captures first place in varsity eight

Photo by Josh McKee
Photo by Josh McKee

Hamilton College rowed against the University of Rochester and St. Lawrence University in a regatta hosted by the Continentals on the Erie Canal in Rome on Saturday.

Hamilton finished in first place and claimed the cup in the varsity eight with a time of 6:56.1 that was aided by a 9-to-12 mph tailwind. St. Lawrence was runner-up and finished 6.5 seconds behind the Continentals. Rochester posted a time of 7:11.3. Hamilton's varsity eight is ranked 11th and St. Lawrence and Rochester received votes in this week's USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division III Top 15 poll.

"It was great to win the varsity 8's races and retain the Houlihan Cup and the Women's V8 cup," head coach Rob Weber said. "We didn't get to race SLU last spring due to weather, but it's a fun rivalry that our student-athletes really get excited for. And we had quite a crowd of alumni there supporting us as well. It was a good environment.

"The WV8 had a rocky start and fell behind early in the race, but showed that they are maturing by maintaining their composure and pushing their way into the lead. I think once they got up by a few seats, they felt more confident and were able to pull away a bit. St. Lawrence and Rochester certainly deserve credit for a strong race."

In the second varsity eight, St. Lawrence was the winner in 7:14.3. Rochester took second place in 7:21.3 and the Continentals were close behind with a time of 7:24.1.

Hamilton competes against Union College for the Gilman Plate and Gilman Goblet on Sunday, April 23 back on the Erie Canal. Racing begins at 10 a.m.


Rachel Sutor '20 - cox
Laura Hornby '20 - cox