The men’s and women’s crew teams both competed at the New York State Collegiate Championships on May 6. The Dutchmen and Dutchwomen sent a combined three boats to compete. Each boat got the chance to race in their opening heats but heavy winds forced officials to call the races after the midday lunch break. Unfortunately, this meant that none of Union’s boats got the chance to race in their finals for medal contention. On the men’s side, the team raced a Novice Eight boat. This boat, one of the fastest novice boats in Dutchmen history, finished first in their heat in a dominating win that saw them come in ahead of their competitors by open water. Based off of preliminary times, the Dutchmen had the fastest time of any boat in the Novice Eight competition and the cancellation of the finals was bittersweet as the Dutchmen did not have the opportunity to race for a medal. The Dutchwomen raced a Novice Eight and a Varsity Four. The Novice Eight boat came in fifth in their preliminary race with a time 8:21.43. The Varsity Four finished their preliminary race with a time of 8:05.29, good for third out of all boats after preliminary racing. Again, in a sour turn of events, the Dutchwomen were unable to race for medal contention. Additionally, several members of each team were named to the Liberty League All-Academic Rowing Team. Honorees included Jack Bragg ’17, a biochemistry major, Tommy Gagliardi ’19 and Teddy Williamson ’18, both biology majors, and Matt Reinhardt ’18, a mechanical engineering major on the men’s side. For the Dutchwomen, Rachel Clarey ’18, a Chinese major, Hadley Richards ’17, an economics major, Colleen Moran ’19, a biology major and Alexa Rosen ’19, an economics and psychology double major were honored. The Dutchwomen wrapped up their season at the NYS Championships while the Dutchmen finished up after competing in a post-season race against St. Lawrence in the Adirondacks. Later in May, both teams will have end-of-season banquets to honor their athletes’ hard work and commitment.