Crew sets fast pace
The weather has finally warmed up, so the crew team can get into full swing, right? Not exactly-the Bowdoin rowers have been out in the freezing Maine water all spring long. Both the men's and women's teams have been strong competitors in the regattas thus far.
Last weekend, the Polar Bears competed against NESCAC rivals- Amherst and Middlebury-and came away with all the glory. The Bowdoin teams had the strongest showing, taking home three of the four cups, which were given to the best fours in the men's and women's varsity and novice categories.
Earning The Frederick C. Rimmele III Cup, the first men's varsity four defeated the field by a considerable margin. Gordon Clark '03, Tyler Lange '03, Colin Drake, '04, Chad Pelton '04, and coxswain Ben Needham '05 turned in the best time of the day. In addition, Bowdoin's three varsity boats posted the top times in the race.
The men's novice boat of Alex Paul '06, Dan Herzberg '06, Dan Wolf '05, and Walker Pruett '05 took second in its race. The men's team also raced a varsity eight boat, and the rowers were victorious over their only opponent, Middlebury.
After last weekend's performance, Clark, the men's captain, expressed his high hopes for the team.
Said Clark, "We are looking forward to the Colby, Bates, Bowdoin race this Sunday, as well as the New England-wide regattas that await us over the two weekends following the CBB. We are working towards a strong finish at the Dad Vail regatta in Philadelphia in the middle of May."
The varsity women won the Fiorito Cup by more than forty seconds, as Katie Chandler '04, Eliza Lende '05, Kacy Karlen '05, Jackie Templeton '03, and coxswain Meredith Harris '05 turned in the best women's time of the day.
The second varsity boat turned in the fourth time, defeating rival Middlebury. The novice women (Lucy Van Hook '06, Betsy Bradford '06, Meredith Lammert '06, and Eliza Hutchinson '06) won the Gibbons Cup after a first-place finish in their race. The second novice women's boat from Bowdoin took second place.
The women's team also raced a lightweight boat against Middlebury and came in only four seconds behind the Panthers. The women's varsity eight won their race, and the novice eight was also victorious.
After such a strong showing last weekend, captain Jasmine Watson '03 said, "We have a solid program with determined racers in every boat, from varsity to lightweight to novices. Last weekend was a good example of a strong team finish with every boat contributing to our overall team victory."
This weekend, the Polar Bears will host a regatta for the three Maine NESCAC schools (CBB) at Bowdoin's Smith Boathouse at the New Meadows Marina. Unless you feel like traveling, this is probably the last chance to catch the crew team in action this season.
After this competition, the rowers will be heading into their championship segment of the season. Their season culminates with The Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.
The men's team, however, will compete through June, as Bowdoin will travel
to England for the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta.