The nationally ranked No. 7 Hamilton College Continentals came in second place in a head-to-head varsity 8 race against No. 3 Ithaca College on the Erie Canal in Rome, New York, on Saturday.
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.
The varsity 8 was the only Hamilton boat that raced. The Continentals finished with a time of 6:53.51, which was about nine seconds behind Ithaca's winning time of 6:44.08.
"The weather proved challenging in the varsity 8 race and Ithaca handled the conditions well enough for a nine-second win," head coach Jim Lister said. "The two teams will face off again next week at the New York State Championships.
"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 women will row again at the 2019 New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, May 4.
-- Recap by Amanda Ghiloni '22