POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Marist men's crew program defeated boats from Fordham and Army Saturday morning in the annual Poughkeepsie Regattta at Marist's Historic Cornell Boathouse at Longview Park. The Red Foxes' boats on the women's side finished second behind Fordham and ahead of Army.
Part of Marist's Family Weekend, Saturday's regatta was scheduled for a series of 1,500-meter races, five men's races and five women's races, with a finish line at the Marist Boathouse. However, due to increasing winds, only three races were raced on either side.
The Marist men's Varsity Eight easily won their first race over Fordham with the Red Foxes Second Varsity Eight closely behind the Rams' boat. On the women's side, Marist finished just a half boat length behind the boat from Fordham.
In the second race, the men's side mimicked the results from the first, with the Varsity and Second Varsity boats from Marist sandwiching the Fordham boat. The women's race was the most excited of the day as Fordham again took the top spot. The Marist and Army boats were battling it out however for second, with the Red Foxes just edging out the Black Knights by a margin of inches.
The third races for each side were shortened with the inclement weather moving in. The Marist men again took first while the women, in very choppy waters, finished Fordham, Army and Marist.
This regatta pays tribute to the original Poughkeepsie Regatta which was raced on the Hudson River. For more than 50 years, the Poughkeepsie waterfront was the site of the historic IRA National Championships, featuring crews from colleges all over the country. Marist revived this tradition in 2009 with the Quadricentennial Poughkeepsie Regatta. After again racing in 2010, the race was cancelled last fall due to inclement weather.