Ithaca Crew Has Strong Showing in Worcester!

Participating Schools:

Men – Ithaca, Trinity, WPI, UNH and Colby, United States Coast Guard

Women – Ithaca, Trinity, William and Smith, UNH, Connecticut College, Colby, WPI Date: April 19, 2014

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts Lake Quinsigamond

Conditions: Sunny and warm with moderate tailwind with increasing chop in last 750 meters.

Ithaca Women’s Crew Results:

Varsity 8: Trinity – 6:43.5 Ithaca – 6:46.37 William Smith – 6:48.7 UNH – 7:02.69 Colby – 7:03.08 Connecticut College – 7:48.54

Second Varsity 8: Trinity – 6:54.2 William Smith – 7:05.81 Ithaca – 7:11.54 Colby – 7:20.96 UNH – 7:32.83

Third Varsity 8: Trinity – 7:06.3 Ithaca – 7:27.63 Ithaca 4V – 7:34.2 Colby – 7:38.46

Frosh/Novice 8: Trinity – 7:12.2 William Smith – 7:23.16 Connecticut College – 7:33.96 Ithaca – 7:35.57

Ithaca Men’s Crew Results:

Varsity 8: Ithaca – 5:51.78 WPI – 5:55.14 Trinity – 5:57.65 UNH – 6:02.92 Colby – 6:12.21 USCGA – 6:15.03

Second Varsity 8: Trinity – 6:03.73 Ithaca – 6:04.01 WPI – 6:11.34 USCGA – 6:24.72 UNH – 6:32.82 Colby – 6:48.34

Third Varsity 8: Trinity – 6:19.95 Ithaca – 6:23.83 WPI – 6:26.08

Frosh/Novice 8: Ithaca – 6:20.74 Trinity – 6:22.69

On Saturday April 19, 2014, Ithaca Men’s and Women’s Crew traveled to Worcester, Massachusetts which marked the start to the traveling portion of their racing season. With the Men’s team facing off against Trinity, WPI, UNH, Colby and the United States Coast Guard and the Women racing against Trinity, William Smith, UNH, Colby and Connecticut College, it was going to be a competitive weekend of racing for sure!

Arriving at the race course, athletes were excited about the ideal conditions! With no signs of clouds in the sky, warm temperatures and a nice tailwind, it was going to be a great day of racing for sure. After seeing snow earlier in the week in Ithaca, and rowing in raging winds all week, rowers were anxious to take to the water in ideal weather.

The Women’s Varsity 8 placed second in their race with a fast time of 6:46.37, only being bested by Trinity, who is currently the number one D3 Women’s program in the country. Their second place finish also came with a victory over another top D3 program in the country and long time rival William Smith, defeating them by 2 seconds. The Second Varsity 8 also posted a top 3 finish with a time of 7:11.54, being bested by Trinity and William Smith. The Ithaca Women’s Third Varsity 8 and Fourth Varsity 8 both competed in the same race against Trinity’s 3V and Colby’s 3V. They finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in their race, both beating Colby’s 3V and they were bested by Trinity. The women’s novice boat saw some tough competition against Trinity, William Smith and Connecticut College, finishing 4th in their race with a time of 7:35.57. However, with plenty of time left in the season to see improvement, anything is possible before States and ECAC’s in May!

The Men’s Varsity 8, coming off a strong performance the last weekend at the Knecht Cup in New Jersey, was hoping to continue their success in Worcester this past weekend. And they did just that. Winning their race with a time of 5:51.78, they bested long time rival Trinity by 6 seconds and WPI by 4 seconds and they finished with plenty of open water against the other competitors in their race as well. The Second Varsity 8 also had a fantastic performance, finishing second in their race, a mere .4 seconds off of first place Trinity. The Third Varsity 8, finished a boat length off the Trinity 3V and a boat length over the WPI 3V with a time of 6:23.83 and the Novice 8 posted a fast time of 6:20.74 and bested the Trinity Novice boat by 2 seconds. Overall, it was a very strong showing for Ithaca Men’s Crew, and these results show that speed is improving and championship racing this season is going to be exciting and competitive.

After a great weekend of racing, both teams are going to head out on the inlet for another week of intense practice, hoping to improve their boat speed even further. Next weekend, Ithaca Crew heads to Pittsfield, Massachusetts to take on Williams College and the United States Coast Guard. With the New York State Championships and ECAC National Invitational right around the corner, Ithaca Crew is anxious to improve boat speed and compete against the top competition to prove they are one of the top programs out there.

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