Row 1 (L-R):Andrew Grzybowski, John Snyder, Andrew Cox, Heidi Warnecke, Stephen D’Andrilli, Will Copeland, Matt Jones.
Row 2 (L-R): Head Coach Scott Sanford, Andrew French, Alex Scollo, Brian Keida, Captain Rob Chimchirian, Dan Rosica, Joe Kitchen, Jim Abdale.
Row 3 (L-R): Phil McDowell, Sean Clarke, John Kelly, Nick Baish, Kieran Kelly, Jake Herrick, Nick McAvoy, Matt Clark, Mike Boehm.
Missing From Picture: Dave Buckner, Dave DeRienzo.
MAAC Championship Recap
The Marist College men's crew team swept the 2002 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rowing championships for the second straight season. The men finished the event with 120 points, followed by Manhattan and Iona. The Novice Eight boat was victorious followed by the Marist B crew and Fairfield. The Junior Varsity Four won definitively, defeating Iona and Manhattan. The Varsity Four also claimed a win, topping Manhattan and Fairfield while in the Novice Four, the Red Foxes were again victorious, winning easily over Iona and Fairfield. The Red Foxes had a 1-2 finish in the men's Varsity Eight.
After the highly successful MAAC Championships, the team finished second overall at the New York State Collegiate Championships in Whitney Point, NY. Marist went on to finish second overall in the Avaya Championships after beating nationally ranked Georgetown and Michigan. The men, who had never medaled before at the Avaya Championship, had three other boats besides the Varsity Eight medal. The Second Varsity Eight finished second to Michigan while the Novice Eight rowed to a third place finish behind Orange Coast and Michigan. The Second Novice Eight placed third in the grand final behind Virginia, and Michigan. The Red Foxes later had a strong showing at the IRA Championships with the Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight and Freshman Four all finishing in the top 15.Shortly after losing beloved coach Scott Sanford, the men’s Varsity Eight crew qualified for the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta for the first time in school history. The team made it to the semifinals before losing to Harvard. Harvard and Marist were the last schools remaining from United States in the challenge. This honor marked a highpoint in Marist men’s crew history.