The Union Men’s and Women’s Crew Teams traveled to Rochester Institute of Technology to race on Saturday April 18 and then headed north to blustery St. Lawrence University the next day.
Saturday proved to be a beautiful day for rowing; the sun was shining and there was a light wind, but the current was strong.
The Dutchwomen raced a Varsity Eight, a Second Varsity Eight and a Novice Four. While RIT swept the women in all three races, the Dutchwomen performed solidly.
A strong effort was put forth by the Novice Four boat as they came in second out of three boats. The young boat, whose lineup consisted of coxswain Natalya Brill ’18, Anouk Nouet ’18 at stroke, Alyssa Boyle ’18, Meghan Bentley ’18, and Paige Kotowitz ’18, lost by only two seconds.
Despite their defeats, the two varsity boats also powered through.
The Varsity Eight, consisting of coxswain Jordan Pulling ’15, Hadley Richards ’17 at stroke, Maggie Hoffman ’15, Hannah Hage ’16, Ally Insero ’18, Claire Kelly ’18, Taylor Westermann ’18, Rani Plotkin ’16 and Liz Asch ’16, rowed a 7:28.3.
The Second Varsity Eight, consisting of coxswain Alicia Barber ’17, Lauren Stamatel ’18 at stroke, Mary Cordier ’16, Claire Puleio ’17, Jess Malinconico ’16, Bella Santia ’18, Rebecca Krasa ’16, Darrien Pulos-Rooney ’17 and Hannah Rayhill ’18, rowed an 8:26.05.
On the men’s side, the team sent out a Varsity Eight and a Second Varsity Eight.
The Dutchmen were overtaken by a talented RIT squad. The Varsity Eight put up a fight, coming in only 11 seconds behind the Tigers.
The Varsity Eight’s lineup consisted of coxswain Stefan Hamaway ’16, Ben Davis ’17 at stroke, Tom Kolb ’15, Matt Worthington ’15, Jon Hunt ’15, Matt Reinhardt ’18, Austin Andersen ’15, Elliot Ern ’15 and Aaron Prescott ’16.
These defeats didn’t stop the resilient teams from making their way north to the US-Canadian border to take on the St. Lawrence Saints.
Unfortunately, the Women’s Varsity Eight was involved it a small collision with the Saints, causing them to fall behind and ultimately lose.
The Women’s Novice Four prevailed yet again. However, they didn’t come in second this time, they won the entire thing. They overtook the Saints in the first ten strokes and finished with a sizable lead.
The boat, consisting of coxswain Brill, Nouet at stroke, Ally Insero, Bentley and Boyle, rowed a 5:11.16 on the course which was shortened to 1,000 meters from the traditional 2,000 meters.
The Union men’s team stayed consistent throughout both races, showing a lot of potential.
The Men’s Varsity Eight was neck and neck with the Saints; the two teams finished within seconds of each other. While the Saints did finish slightly ahead of the Dutchmen, they did not stay within the lines of the course, leading to their disqualification and a Dutchmen victory. The Men’s Varsity Eight lineup was the same as in Rochester.
The Men’s Second Varsity Eight raced against two St. Lawrence boats. Although they did not come out on top, they finished strong in the second spot, rowing a 6:56.2.
The boat’s lineup consisted of coxswain Shanna Shi ’15, Jack Bragg ’17 at stroke, Joshua Loew ’16, Teddy Williamson ’18, John Costa ’17, Mason King ’17, Gyb Spilsbury ’18, Cameron Peterson ’18 and Bill Behenna ’18.
When asked about the races this weekend, Women’s Head Coach Burt Apfelbaum seemed optimistic. He stated, “We got beat up pretty good by the Hamilton Crew last weekend. We are a very young team, with 13 freshmen but we’re racing better each day.”
This weekend, both the men and women will head to Saratoga to compete in the Liberty League Championships. Then, they will host RPI and St. John Fisher.
The season will wrap up next weekend as the teams compete in the New York State Championships in Saratoga.
On the upcoming competition, Apfelbaum said, “We are hoping to make the (Liberty League) finals with our strong varsity boat and put the a freshman boat in a race, too. Also, we are ready to rise up to the challenge of racing our rivals RPI.”
Corey Ruchman ’18, a port who rowed in the Women’s Second Varsity Eight at St. Lawrence, concisely summed up the weekend, “All in all it was a success.”