PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The USCGA Men's and Women's Rowing completed their fall 2017 campaign with a sunny day of racing on the Schuylkill River. The racecourse was down a three mile section of the river and finished near historic Boathouse Row. 43 rowers raced for CGA including 22 that raced twice.
The women raced a varsity and a novice eight as well as a varsity four. The men raced a novice eight, a novice four, two varsity eights, and two varsity fours.
Some of the highlights of the day included:
The men's novice four of Alex Mastel, Ben Glashagel, Matt Pindell , Zachary Gordon, and coxswain Anna Kemball-Cook finished second (out of 16 boats) - losing only to UPenn and beating boats from Army-West Point and Duke. This was their first opportunity to race the four and they made the most of it.
The men's varsity eight (with six of them in their second three mile race of the day) finished fifth. This was their best race of the fall with an aggressive line they passed several crews and chased a crew from Army-West Point all the way down the course.
A strong showing by a women's team that was short handed due to injury, but still raced to a seventh place finish in the novice eight (out of 31 boats) and a twelfth (out of 43) in the varsity eight. Freshmen Katie Long and Salena Bantz pulled double duty rowing in both the novice and varsity eight (Katie even switched sides between races).
The parents and friends of CGA Crew were out in force and a special thanks to Mr. Fred Rivera (father of sophomore Connor Rivera) for taking care of the cadets with both breakfast and lunch by the river.
We received a shoutout from the announcers that CGA Crew was coming back into prominence. This has been our best fall in quite some time and it was nice for the rowers to hear some confirmation that their dedication and hard work is paying off.
Complete results from the day of racing can be found at: https://herenow.com/results/#/races/20402/results
With the fall racing season concluded the team now moves into the off season. The captains will be leading the team through voluntary workouts on the ergs, running, and in the weight room all in preparation for the start of the spring season in February and the spring break trip to Clemson in March.
Our next event is the Return to the River Dinner on Saturday February 10th at the Academy.