Men's Crew, Ranked #3 in New England, Falls to #1 Williams & #2 Trinity after 10-0 Start - Ends Season at NERC & NICR - Elliott Skopiin '11 is All-NESCAC
In their fourth dual-race event of the spring, the Cardinals extended their win streak to 10 at the varsity 8 level with victories over New Hampshire and Bates Sat., April 9 in Malden, Mass. Competing on the Malden River, Wesleyan downed UNH by a 1.8-second margin before taking on Bates, which had beaten Tufts in its first dual race of the day. The Cardinals were even more decisive in their second race, beating the Bobcats by 10 seconds.
Wesleyan entered the weekend ranked third in New England, trailing Williams and Trinity. Bates was ranked seventh and UNH ninth. Wesleyan's varsity 8 boating has been very consistent during the spring as it has featured Sam Hoefle '13, Spencer Hattendorf '12, Elliott Skopin '11 (photo insert upper right), Terrence
Word '11, Bryce Hollingsworth '13, Nick Bender '14, Peter Martin '14,
Trevor Michelson '13 and cox Peter Chu '14 most of the way.
Following the season, Skopin went on to earn his second selection to the all-NESCAC squad, repeating as a second-team choice.
In other races in Malden, the second varsity 8 lost to Bates by 2.2 seconds. Wesleyan also had a second varsity 4 which fell to UNH by seven seconds. At the novice level, Wesleyan's novice 4 defeated UNH by nearly a full minute and handled Tufts by a 34-second differential. Wesleyan's third varsity 8 took on a pair of novice entries from UNH and Tufts. UNH prevailed by about six seconds but Wesleyan lefts Tufts behind by 14.5 seconds.
The Cardinals had their stiffest competition of the spring thus far Sat., April 16 when the squad ventured back to Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., to take on top-ranked Williams, #13 Colby and Ithaca. Wesleyan fell to the Ephs by a 12-second margin but defeated Ithaca soundly by almost 10 seconds. Colby as disqualified before the start of the race and did not compete against Wesleyan at the varsity 8 level. The Cardinals were second of four in the second varsity eight race behind Williams and placed third of four in the novice 8 affair.
The final dual race of the spring came up Sat., April 23 as the Cardinals faced second-ranked Trinity on the Housatonic River in Derby. The varsity eight race came down to the wire with the Bantams nosing out the Cardinals by a 1.3-second margin of victory. Trinity also prevailed in the second- and third-varsity races. Wesleyan was hopeful of having another shot at both Trinity and Williams in the New England Championships, held on Lake Quinsigamond Sat., April 30. The three squads were favored the reach the grand finals. As it turned out, Williams and Trinity captured their heats but the Cardinals ran into trouble in their close heat, faling behind WPI and URI. Wesleyan then surprisingly trailed both Colby and UMass at the finish line in the petite final to place ninth overall among 14 crews in the varsity eight event. In two other races involving Cardinal entries at New Englands, the second varsity eight came in fifth of nine entries and the third varsity eight placed third of five.
Wesleyan completed the campaign in the ECAC National Invitational Collegiate Regatta Sun., May 8 in Worcester, Mass. This time, Wesleyan was 7.2 seconds behind heat winner Trinity but relegated to the third-level final due a fifth-place heat finish. The Cardinals came in third in the final race behind UMass and Boston College to take 15th place overall. The second varsity eight finished 11th of 12 and the third varsity eight placed fifth of six.