The Marist men's rowing team competed Saturday in a multi-dual meet with Colgate, Ithaca, and Hamilton at Hamilton College's rowing facility on the Erie Canal. Four boats raced in a set of dual races over a 2,000-meter course.
The varsity four raced in only one race for the day, facing other fours from Ithaca and Hamilton on the same course. This was a new lineup for the four, which had just started rowing together a few days earlier. Marist had a strong race setting a long and powerful base rating through the body of the piece to take an open water victory over both teams with a time of 7:05.3. The four consisted of Claire Connaly (cox), Ryan Parbs (stroke), Shane Manner (3), Christian McDermott (2), Nick Olgee (Bow).
The freshman eight was also a new lineup for this week with nine of Marist's developing freshmen working together. The frosh eight started the day with a race against the Colgate second Varsity, which was also a very young crew. The boat had a strong race and finished with a time of 6:20.1, one boat length ahead of Colgate. In the afternoon, the freshmen faced a much stronger Ithaca second varsity. The Ithaca boat had pulled similar times in the morning but jumped out to an early lead and walked away eventually taking an open water win over Marist, who pulled a time of 6:49.6. The freshman eight contained Meghan Rigney (cox), Carter Schuh (stroke), Chris Rechen (7), Brandon Leyva (6), Noah Fay (5),Tim McQuade (4), Campbell Lang (3), Pat Sullivan (2), Ryan Sullivan (Bow).
The second varsity eight had a dominant performance for the second week in a row with strong performances in the morning against Ithaca and then in the afternoon against Colgate. The 2V8 struck hard off the start line in both races with a very fast opening 500 meters and then cruised to strong open water finishes with times of 5:59 and 6:02. The 2V8 consists of Dylan Galimi (cox), Tom Basso (stroke), Christian Wiles-Lafayette (7), Jack Brown (6), David Warner (5), Marten Martensson (4), Sam Klamar (3), Ryan Miller (2), Tom Roach (bow).
The varsity eight raced their toughest race in the morning against Colgate. The V8 was down by 2-3 seats after the start but laid into a strong base pacing through the middle 1,000 meters to fight back into firstt and take a length lead. Colgate closed with a furious sprint in the last 400 meters of the race but the Marist crew was able to hold them off to take the win by four seats and a time of 5:51. In the afternoon the V8 faced the crew from Ithaca. Marist was strong off the start line, taking several seats and moving away quickly to eventually win the race by open water with a time of 5:52. The V8 consisted of Ryan Lillis (cox), Raymond Mattingly (Stroke), Joseph Kohn (7), Morgan Stippa (6), Chris Carlson (5), Matt Blaszczyk (4), Tadd Bindas (3), Chris Lazich (2), Dan Arrato (bow).
“Marist had a strong showing at our regatta against many of our central New York rivals,” coach Campbell Woods said. “Both of our varsity eights are showing strong polished performances and are developing excellent speed. Our third varsity and freshman boats are developing well and showing our excellent team depth. We are looking forward to developing our final speed as we approach championship season.”
The Marist men will have next weekend off and will race again on Friday, May 12 at our season ending championship at the NIRC regatta on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA.