LOWELL, Mass.-The Coast Guard men's crew team claimed victories in both the Varsity 1 and Varsity races on Saturday afternoon, edging out UMass Lowell and Colby College to do so. Both 1800 meter races were run in a strong four knot current with a quartering tailwind.
The Bears started the day by claiming a victory in the Varsity 1 with a time of 4:55.2, more than five seconds ahead of second place Colby (5:00.6) and over 13 seconds ahead of UMass Lowell (5:08.6). The Bears Varsity 1 team consisted of junior coxswain Peter Driscoll and rowers Hunter Morris, Benjamin McKeathen, Luke Carani, Sean Murphy, Benjamin Racz, Jake Taylor, Alexander Kloo, and John Keiffer.
After a somewhat slow start that saw the Bears fall behind in the first 250 meters a change of pace led to improved results which consisted of Coast Guard moving ahead of the field by the 1,000 meter mark. They established open water by the 1,250 meter mark winning semi-comfortably with a time of 4:55.2.
After claiming victory in the opening race, Coast Guard completed the sweep in the Varsity 2 with a time of 5:14.5, ahead of UMass Lowell's Varsity 2 (5:29.4) and 3 (5:50.5) as well as Colby's Varsity 2 (5:36.6). The Varsity 2 team was comprised of freshman coxswain Keemiya Pourmonir and rowers Daniel Beacon, Cole Gingrich, Duncan Quinn, Jonathan Dillard, Phillip Gurtler, Ross Markham, Samuel Irwin, and Tharindu Wathuthanthri.
Both teams came off a strong week of practice building up to Saturday's race. The second varsity boat made a decisive move in the first 500 meters which allowed them to maintain open water through the 1,000 meter mark and enabling a 15 second victory over their nearest competitor.
Coast Guard will be back in the boats on Saturday, April 19th when they travel to Worcester, Mass. to compete with WPI, New Hampshire, Trinity, Colby, and Ithaca.