Cards Enjoy Solid Spring Season as Varsity 8 Goes 10-4; Parker Cook '10 & Elliott Skopin '11 Honored
The final event of the
spring racing season was the ECAC Collegiate Championships in Worcester
Sun., May 9. There, the varsity eight placed 16th of 19 crews from
throughout the country. Following the event, the ECAC named an all-star
squad and Elliott Skopin '11 (photo insert lower right) was among the
20 individuals honored from the crews that attended. Skopin also
received all-NESCAC second-team recognition following a vote of the
conference coaches. Parker Cook '10 (photo insert lower left) was a
first-team all-NESCAC pick.
Wesleyan began its spring racing by competing in a four-college race
during its annual pilgrimage to Florida. The Cardinals came away a
winner over Florida, Tenn.-Chattanooga and Rollins in both the varsity
eight and varsity four events Sat., March 13.
Giving the Cardinals a four-second margin of victory over the nearly 2k
Lake Maitland course in Winter Park, Fla. was the varsity eight squad of
Sam Hoefle '13, Parker Cook '10, Elliott Skopin '11, Terrence Word '11,
Ryan Brill '10, Spencer Hattendorf '12, Gilder Keeler '11, Trevor
Michelson '13 and coxswain Rosemary Ostfeld '10. The Cardinals covered
the course in 5:58 while Florida was four seconds back, Rollins nine
seconds behind and UT-Chat. 20 seconds off the pace.
Doubling up as the varsity four, Cook, Skopin, Hattendorf and Keeler
posted a solid 15-second margin of victory in the varsity four with a
time of 6:29, Florida again was second (6:44), followed by UT-Chat.
(6:47) and Rollins (6:58).
Wesleyan fielded a pair of second varsity eights which trailed Florida
by margins of nine and 40 seconds. In the novice eight, Weseyan was
third to Rollins and Florida but ahead of UT-Chat. The Cardinals also
entered a novice four which fell to Rollins.
After more than a week's stay in Florida, the Cardinals returned north.
The opening race of the New England schedule took the squad to Lake
Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. where Coast Guard was the opponent
Sat., March 27.
Wesleyan downed Coast Guard for the fifth consecutive year in their
late-March dual race. The Cardinals covered the 2k course in 6:06.7
while the Bears were 6.5 seconds back in 6:13.2. Coast Guard did win
both the second and third varsity events by margins of 13 and nine
Wesleyan returned to Lake Quinsigamond for a five-team affair Sat.,
April 3, taking on Colby, WPI, Middlebury and UMass Amherst. The
Cardinals, then ranked fourth in New England, suffered a loss for the
first time this spring as WPI, ranked third, pulled away for a
nine-second victory. Wesleyan was 1.7 seconds ahead of UMass while
Middlebury and Colby were 11 and 12 seconds back, respectively.
On Sat., April 10, the Cardinals made their annual trek to Malden, Mass.
for a pair of dual races, facing two of the other three participants -
Tufts, Bates and New Hampshire - while adding a race vs. Hamilton to the
mix. The Cardinals easily out-stroked Tufts and Hamilton by nearly 25
seconds in those two races sandwiching a 0.4-second victory over
10th-ranked New Hampshire.
The Cardinals looked to give third-ranked Williams a run for its money
when the teams collided in their annual affair, this year held in
Worcester, Mass. Sat., April 17 rather than Pittsfield, Mass., where the
teams had done battle the last five years. The race went the Ephs' way
by a margin of 10 seconds, leaving the Cardinals with a 10-2 mark
heading into the final dual-race of the regular-season.
Wesleyan ended up facing top-ranked Trinity and sixth-rated URI in the
final dual race. The Bantams took the prize with a quick time of
5:56.6. URI wasn't far behind in 6:01.4 while Wesleyan came through in
6:04.1, just 7.5 seconds behind powerhouse Trinity.
At the annual New England Rowing Championships in Worcester Sat., May 1,
the Cardinals' varsity 8 avenge its loss to URI a week earlier by
finishing third in its heat, 0.7 seconds ahead of the Rams. In the
grand final, Wesleyan placed sixth as Trinity, Williams and WPI remained
the cream of the competition while Coast Guard and Bates rose to the
occasion in out-stroking the Cardinals to the finish line.