WORCESTER, Mass. -- The 2017 Spring Season came to close at the NIRC Championships.
"The team had a successful spring and we able to meet all of our goals - we have taken a big step back into prominence in small college New England rowing," said head coach Bill Randall. "Compared to last year we made up about 20 seconds on the field, went from 21st out of 22 schools to 11th out of 18 schools at the NIRC (National Invitational Rowing Championships),and went from fielding a single 8 to racing two eights and a four. An added benefit was that the second varsity eight was able to medal at both the New England Championships and the NIRCs."
In the varsity eight which included:
Coxswain - 4/c Alexis Laskowski
Stroke - 3/c Andrew Niedbala
7 - 4/c Paul Leung
6 - 3/c Michael Brachmann
5 - 4/c Connor Rivera
4 - 2/c Logan Hutson
3 - 4/c Evan Boisse
2 - 3/c Stephen Bruno
Bow - 4/c Bradley Ragan
This was not one of the best rows - in the morning the Bears were never able to establish the rhythm necessary for sustained speed. They tried to chase Bates, a much faster Tufts crew than we had seen earlier in the year, and Wesleyan, but the pace proved to be too much and Coast Guard tailed off the back for a 4th place finish and a spot in the petite final. The afternoon race had the same feel and same result, executing a good start, chasing, never quite getting the rhythm we needed, and finishing 6th.
"I am very proud of the effort and the progress that this boat of 5 freshman, 3 sophomores, and one junior," said Randall. "Captain Logan Hutson held together this young boat and put us in a very good position for next year."
In the 2V event which included:
Coxswain - 4/c Aoife Dahill-Baue
Stroke - 4/c Jacob Brookhart
7 - 3/c Walter Daniels
6 - 3/c Jerett Jenkins
5 - 3/c Michael Rosenberg
4 - 3/c Brendan Powell
3 - 3/c Ian Hopper
2 - 4/c Austin Betts
Bow - 2/c John-Paul Yalov
A well executed and controlled performance in the morning provided another shot at the medals in the afternoon. In what was likely the hardest and best race of their season the second varsity was able to stay with, and even lead for a short while, the best small college crews in North East and earned the bronze medal. Only one rower in this boat had experience prior to rowing at CGA and three of the rowers started rowing this year so they have made excellent progress.
In the varsity four event which included:
Coxswain - 4/c Leah Schweigert-Opas
Stroke - 3/c Zachary Brigham
3 - 4/c Jacob Skimmons
2 - 3/c James Guillen-Blandford
Bow - 4/c Zachary Kayser
For the second week in a row the Bears raced a varsity four as several of the members of the team departed for training so they are able to take best advantage of the summer training the Academy offers then.
"I was very proud of the performance of this group, that included all walk-ones and 4 of the 5 starting rowing this year, as they finished 8th out of 12 crews and saved their best effort of the year for the last race - executing an aggressive race plan, staying with Trinity for 1000 meters and distancing themselves from the rest of the field," said Randall. "In the second half of the race they could not hold with Trinity, but held on for a very solid second place finish in the petit final."
With the captains JP Yalov and Logan Hutson leading the way the stage is set for a very exciting 2017/2018 season - no one is graduating, there is a very good group of recruits coming in, and we learned a good deal about racing this year. "Please be ready to support us when we start our 2017/2018 season with fall head racing on the Housatonic in Connecticut, in Boston, and on the Schuykill in Philadelphia," said Randall.