Men’s and Women’s Rowing Put Finishing Touches on Their Seasons

Mitch Waxman and Paul Kasabian

The rowing teams have been very busy as Finals season heats up at Colgate.

The Colgate Men’s Rowing team faced off against the MIT Engineers on the Charles River that weekend, racing against MIT with one eight-man boat and two four-man boats. In the Varsity Eight race, both the MIT boats finished ahead of the Colgate boat, with the first and second-place boats ten and four seconds ahead of the Raiders, respectively. The Colgate boat, which finished in 6:31.61, held its own against the second MIT boat for the first third of the race before gradually falling behind as the race wore on. In the four-man event, the results featured a complete 180. Colgate had two boats entered in the event, and both teams finished easily ahead of the MIT four-man boat. The Men’s Crew team will now race in the Dad Vail Regatta this weekend.

The Women’s Rowing team, led by all-Patriot League senior Meredith Remmer, tied with Lehigh for fourth place out of five boats at the Patriot League Championships on the Cooper River in Camden County, N.J. Bucknell won their fourth straight Patriot League Championship and won the Varsity Eight, Second Varsity Eight, and Varsity Four championships. Colgate took fourth in the V-8 and third in the V-4; the Raiders did not race a Second V-8 boat. Bucknell had 30 points at the meet, followed by Navy (24), Holy Cross (16) and Colgate and Lehigh (9).

The following week, the Women’s Rowing team had a very strong showing at the ECAC Metro Championships, also at the Cooper River. Colgate finished fourth in the Varsity Four Grand Final after taking second in its opening heat. Arch-nemesis Bucknell won Colgate’s heat and took second in the Grand Final. Princeton, however, overcame Bucknell and won the V-4. In the V-8 race, Colgate finished fourth in its heat and had to compete in the Petite Final (consolation race). The Raiders finished second there behind Marist, losing by only four seconds. Princeton and Bucknell finished one-two in the V-8 Grand Final.

The women’s rowing season is done, but the men will compete at the Dad Vail Regatta next weekend in Philadelphia.