The Union Men’s and Women’s Crew Teams concluded their seasons on May 2 at the New York State Collegiate Championships. Prior to this competition, the teams competed in the Liberty League Championships and hosted a regatta against RPI and St. John Fisher. The Dutchwomen also hosted a contest against Sarah Lawrence.
On April 24, both teams traveled to Saratoga to compete in the Liberty League Championships. The conditions were not ideal for rowing, with cold temperatures and gusty wind.
Other schools present included Hobart William Smith, RIT, Rochester, Skidmore, St. John Fisher, and St. Lawrence. The powerhouse crews from Hobart and William Smith dominated the races; both teams won the overall team events.
Union’s crews fared well, but the conditions did not allow for them to perform to the best of their ability.
The next morning, the Dutchmen and Dutchwomen hosted St. John Fisher and RPI at the Union Boathouse.
There was a strong head current and a light wind present, but conditions were much better than they had been the day before.
On the men’s side of things, the Dutchmen won both the Varsity Eight race and the Second Varsity Eight race. The Varsity clocked in a time of 6:31 and the Second Varsity clocked in a time of 7:06.
The Varsity boat’s lineup consisted of coxswain Shanna Shi ’15, Elliot Ern ’15 at stroke, Aaron Prescott ’16, Matt Worthington ’15, Jon Hunt ’15, Matt Reinhardt ’18, Tom Kolb ’15, Mason King ’17 and Austin Andersen ’15 while the Second Varsity boat’s lineup consisted of coxswain Phoenix Mendes ’18, Jack Bragg ’17 at stroke, Josh Loew ’16, Teddy Williamson ’18, John Costa ’17, Matthew Goff ’17, Gyb Spilsbury ’18, Aaron Reif ’18 and Eddie Orazem ’17.
On the women’s side, the Dutchwomen’s Varsity Eight took first place in the Open Eight race. The boat clocked in at 7:35, beating their closest competitor by 30 seconds.
This boat’s lineup consisted 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 Elizabeth Asch ’16.
The women’s Varsity Four edged St. John Fisher by one second, clocking a winning time of 9:19.5. The boat’s lineup consisted of coxswain Alicia Barber ’17, Claire Puleio ’17 at stroke, Mary Cordier ’16, Darrien Pulos-Rooney ’17 and Rebecca Krasa ’16.
The women’s Novice Four also came out on top, racing the 2,000 meter course in 9:07. The boat consisted of coxswain Rachel Clarey ’18, Kelly at stroke, Alyssa Boyle ’18, Meghan Bentley ’18, and Allie Kirchgessner ’18.
This race also served as Senior Day for both teams; seniors Ern, Kolb, Worthington, Andersen, Hunt, Pulling, Hoffman and Shi were all honored. Their departures will leave a great void on both teams.
The next day, the Dutchwomen’s Varsity Four took on Sarah Lawrence, defeating them and clocking in a time of 9:46. The lineup was the same as in the race the day before.
The following weekend, both teams headed back to Saratoga to compete in the New York State Collegiate Championships. The conditions were perfect, with low wind and beautiful, clear skies.
On the men’s side, the Dutchmen’s Varsity Eight finished second in the Petite Final posting a time of 6:32.88 and the Second Varsity Eight finished sixth posting a time of 7:04.13.
The Varsity Eight’s lineup remained unchanged from the week before but the Second Varsity Eight’s lineup changed to consist of coxswain Stefan Hamaway ’16, Bragg at stroke, Loew, Williamson, Costa, Cameron Peterson ’18, Spilsbury, Reif and Bill Behenna ’18.
On the women’s side, the Dutchwomen’s Varsity Eight won the Petite Final, clocking a time of 7:30.10. The lineup was unchanged from the previous week.
The Dutchwomen avenged their loss to St. Lawrence in this race as St. Lawrence defeated the Dutchwomen earlier in the season.
The women’s Varsity Four finished fifth in the Grand Finals, with the top three finishers in the race being all Division I programs. The lineup remained unchanged from the preceding week.
The Dutchwomen’s Novice Four “A” came in second in the Grand Finals, earning silver medals. The team clocked a time of 8:41.86.
The team was out-raced by Army, but narrowly defeated Division 1 Marist by two-tenths of a second.
The boat’s lineup consisted of coxswain Rachel Clarey ’18, Anouk Nouet ’18 at stroke, Boyle, Bentley and Paige Kotowitz ’18.
The team’s Novice Four “B” came in fifth in the Petite Finals. This boat consisted of coxswain Natalya Brill ’18, Bella Santia ’18 at stroke, Jess Malinconico ’16, Lauren Stamatel ’18 and Hannah Rayhill ’18.