Strong showing for women's rowing at national invitational event

Photo by Michael P. Doherty
Photo by Michael P. Doherty

The Hamilton College Continentals finished in first place in the varsity 8 petite final at the 2018 National Invitational Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., on Friday.

Friday's regatta was Hamilton's last chance to impress the selection committee for the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships before the field is announced at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 14. The national invitational championships also doubled as the 2018 NESCAC Rowing Championships.

The Continentals are in a tie at No. 6 with Williams College in the latest Division III Top 15 coaches poll. Hamilton is ranked second in the varsity 8 behind Ithaca College in the New York Region by the NCAA. The Continentals are first in the NCAA second varsity 8 rankings and first in the team rankings. Friday's results probably did little to change any rankings in the national or the regional polls.

Hamilton was placed in a varsity 8 heat with nationally ranked No. 1 Bates College, Williams, No. 14 Smith College, No. 15 Colby College and two other boats. The Continentals finished third in their heat with a time of 6:32.398, which turned out to be the fifth-fastest performance in any of the three heats. Unfortunately for Hamilton, only the top two finishers in each heat could advance to the grand final. Bates' time was 6:25.566 and Williams grabbed the second spot in 6:30.518.

The Continentals instead raced in the petite final, which featured a thrilling finish as the top three boats were separated by less than a second. Hamilton captured first place in 6:37.043, No. 10 William Smith College was the runner-up (6:37.653) and University of New Hampshire took third place (6:37.885). Fifth-ranked Wellesley College (6:40.486), No. 11 Rochester Institute of Technology (6:42.063) and Smith (6:44.089) rounded out the six-boat field in the petite final.

In the second varsity 8 the Continentals ended up second in their heat with a time of 6:52.548 and advanced to the grand final where they finished sixth in 6:57.092. Bates captured first place with a time of 6:41.057.

Hamilton had an entry in the open fours, where there was just one race. The Continentals grabbed third place in the seven-boat field with a time of 8:18.821 and Bates took the top spot again in 8:09.099.

"We had some strong performances yesterday, the most competitive we've ever been across the board," head coach Rob Weber said. "They did themselves and the College proud. While the women were a little unlucky in the heat the V8 drew and came just short of doing enough to earn an NCAA bid, they proved they are a top-tier team. We're saying goodbye to a fantastic group of seniors, three men and five women, who have raised the standard for Hamilton rowing. They're definitely leaving the program better than they found it."


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WV8
Rachel Sutor '20 (Cox)
Claire Callahan '18
Perrin Salewood '21
Ann-Sophie Koglin '20
Danielle Schuman '19
Rachel Cooley '18
Sam Benevelli '18
Alex Brantl '18
Jade Thomas '20

W2V8
Carson Goos '21 (Cox)
Pauline Santry '21
Katherine Buckley '21
Gretchen Dowdy '21
Julia Hartnett '20
Adriana Jonas '21
Hannah Kaufer '21
Ellie Pinto '18
Isabel Bates '21

WO4+
Chase Ames '21 (Cox)
McKenna McLean '21
Celine Yam '21
Alex Stetter '20
Riley Nichols '21