SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York – The Marist men’s a women’s rowing teams competed in their last big race of the fall season this past weekend at the Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs.
The teams battled cold temperatures and strong winds throughout the morning but the weather gave way for some of the afternoon races.
For the women, senior Julia Rigothi came in third in the women's collegiate single, facing the strongest winds of the day. She fell to the Western University Rowing Club and UMass "A" entry.
The Varsity 8+ had a strong showing, coming in 7th of 20 crews. The Second Varsity 8+ had a 4th place finish out of 18 crews, just 10 seconds off of the medals stand. Both crews handled the strong head wind well, and rowed aggressively coming away with a strong finish.
In another strong outing, the Novice 4+ pulled out a fifth place finish out of 15 crews. The Novice 8+ finished 7th against stiff first year competition out of 36 crews, the largest event for our women that day.
The Varsity 4+'s also impresses, as the "A" entry came in fourth, just behind the medals stand. The "C" entry edged out the "B" entry by coming in 12th. The "B" entry came in 15th, in a field that consisted of 27 entries.
“Overall, the team had a great showing, improving overall from the year before. Despite cold and rain, our girls were resilient and toughed out the rough conditions in the morning,” said assistant coach Taryn Wilson. “Several girls raced twice, and showed their performance continues to improve throughout the season. We wrap up our race season this weekend at Iona, and look forward to taking on a shorter 2km course.”
The day started with some rough weather as a large squall moved through the racing area. The freshman eight of Grace Heavey, Tom Roach, Carter Schuh, Matt Blaszczyk, Noah Fay, Ryan Parbs, Ryan Sullivan, Campbell Lang, and Chris Rechen powered down the course as the first bow in their freshman 8 event. In spite of the unfavorable conditions, the freshman came away with a 4th place finish out of 33 teams missing out only to Tufts, BC, and RIT.
The next event down the course was the Varsity four. This boat consisted of Meghan Rigney, Nick Olgee, Jayson McKivergan, Ryan Cunningham, and Christian McDermott. The V4 struggled in some challenging conditions on the race course. Racing against many larger crews that were doubling from top varsity boats, the 4 ended with a 24th place out of 35 crews.
The Afternoon weather changed substantially for the better and by noon the race course had become almost completely flat. The Varsity eight started their event against 21 of the top collegiate boats at the regatta. This week, our top boat help Dylan Galimi, Ray Mattingly, Joe Kohn, Morgan Stippa, Chris Carlson, John Brown, Tadd Bindas, Chris Lazich, and John Livingstone.
The varsity eight faced strong competitors in their category and were ultimately able to take 3rd place separating themselves by a hair from the 4th place Tufts boat and losing only to Columbia and WPI. This race was a solid performance for the fall lineup giving the coaches a good idea where they stand coming into the winter training period.
Shortly after the 1st varsity eight, the 2nd V8 competed against crews from 16 other schools. The 2V consisted of Andrew Gaulin, Christian Wiles-Lafayette, Sam Klamar, Marten Martinson, Rob Bailey, Rami Awad, Tom Basso, Ryan Miller, and David Warner. The 2V placed 5th losing only to Tufts, Wesleyan, and 2 Columbia eight's.
The final race for the men's team was the Freshman/Novice four. Ari Streeter, John Enciso, Tim McQuade, Brandon Leyva, and Pat Sullivan all took their first racing strokes as Marist Oarsmen. With a 10th of 26 performance, these rowers showed that they are in a good position to step up to the next level.
“Overall the Marist team demonstrated some important performances that solidified our position for the fall season. While substantially faster than last year, the crew still faces significant hurdles to reach a championship in 2017,” said assistant coach Campbell Woods. “Competition with other ECAC and IRA teams is tighter than ever. With 22 weeks until spring racing begins, the team now has a long period to train and prepare. We remain very excited about our prospects for the coming year and look forward to getting stronger.”
Women’s rowing will head to both the Fall Metro Invitational in New Rochelle, New York and the Small Boat Challenge in Mercer Lake, New Jersey on Saturday, November, 5th.