The St. Lawrence University men's rowing team competed on Saturday and Sunday in Ithaca and Rochester, NY. The Saints, who are yet to practice outside since the spring trip to Florida, raced Ithaca College and Skidmore at Cayuga Inlet on Saturday before a showdown with RIT on Sunday on the Genesee River.
The Saints' varsity 8+ competed against both the Bombers and Thoroughbreds on Saturday on the 2,000m course in great conditions. Though St. Lawrence sat even in the opening 500m, their opponents began to pull away as the Saints finished third in the race with a time of 6:38.28. Ithaca won the varsity 8+ in 6:19.91. The Saints' varsity 8+ included Evan Pierce, Francis Stripp, Travis Galowski, Alec Durkin, Ted Marr, Jack Riordan, Andy Caswell, Kyle Benzing and coxswain Lauren Ward.
The JV 8+ squared off in a dual race with Ithaca, and though St. Lawrence led at the halfway mark, the Bombers were able to rally and earn the win in 6:33.71, about 6.5 seconds ahead of the Scarlet and Brown. Christina Robichaud coxed the JV 8+, while rowers included Chester Hojnicki, Sam Pratt, Drew Twitchell, Palchen Wangchuk, Dan Tobin, Michael Brewer, Phil Hodosy and Justin Dalaba.
Saturday's final race was a fours event, and St. Lawrence entered its novice boat against two varsity crews. Jenna Mead coxed for Michael Bauman, Erik Werner, Dylan Hemstead and Gunnar Ohlson, as the team finished third behind the fours from Ithaca and Skidmore.
Sunday's races against RIT were held against a strong head current, and the varsity and JV events faced a strong head wind of approximately 15 miles per hour. Despite the conditions, the Saints' JV 8+ was able to edge the Tigers down the stretch for a narrow win of .07 seconds. The two crews sat even the entire 1,800m course before the Saints won on the last stroke of the race. Galowski, Durkin, Marr, Riordan, Tobin, Pratt, Hojnicki and Dalaba rowed in the winning JV boat on Sunday, which was coxed by Ward.
RIT would earn wins in both the varsity 8+ and novice 8+ competitions in impressive fashion. The Tigers won with a time of 6:20.11 in the varsity 8+, winning by over 50 seconds, while the novice boat won in 6:33.35 ahead of St. Lawrence in 7:09.00.
Pierce, Stripp, Twitchell, Wangchuk, Benzing, Hodosy, Brewer, Caswell and Robichaud represented the Saints in the varsity 8+, while Wangchuk, Misiewicz, Werner, Strahl, Hemsted, Ohlson and Mead comprised the novice 8+.
Due to weather conditions in Waddington, St. Lawrence will not compete at home next weekend against Hamilton and Union, but will instead travel to Clinton, NY to row against the Continentals.