Competing on its home course on the Connecticut River in a dual race for the first time since 1998 when the Cardinals hosted Williams and fell by less than one second, Wesleyan won by more than a boat length of open water against Coast Guard Sat., March 31 to even its spring racing record at 2-2. Wesleyan was timed in 6:00.5 while Coast Guard came through in 6:08.8 over the 2000-meter course.
Wesleyan's varsity boat featured rowers Bryce Hollingsworth '13, Ben Record '15, Keegan Dufty '14, David Hinds '13, Sam Hoefle '14, Spencer Hattendorf '12, Peter Martin '14, Trevor Michelson '14 and coxswain Grant Nichols '13. It was the seventh straight season Wesleyan downed its in-state rival from New London. Wesleyan moved out a boat-length lead midway thought the race (top photo) and continued to extend its lead right into the finish (bottom photo). At the end of the spring season, Hattendorf (left side head shot) was named a first-team all-NESCAC pick while Nikols (right side head shot) gained second-team honors. Hattendorf also was chosen for the ECAC-NIRC all-star team.
Wesleyan also captured the second varsity eight event, winning by 24.7 seconds, while the third varsity eight competed against the Coast Guard novice boat and won by a solid 17-second margin. Coast Guard's lone victory came in the novice four race, taking it by a 12-second differential.
Next up for the team was a trip to Worcester, Mass. Sat., April 7, to take on Colby, WPI, Middlebury and UMass Amherst. Wesleyan took second in the varsity 8 race behind WPI, falling by a margin of 5.3 seconds. The Cardinals, with the same racing crew as the group that downed Coast Guard a week earlier, edged Colby by half a second while knocking off Middlebury and UMass by more than 10 seconds. Wesleyan was third of four in the second varsity eight race and defeated WPI in a two-boat third varsity eight event.
Wesleyan ventured to Malden, Mass. Sat., April 14 for its annual outing with Bates, Tufts and New Hampshire. The Cardinals took on Bates in the first varsity 8 race of the day, falling by a 10-second margin. Wesleyan then defeated Tufts in the next race by a 32-second differential. The second varsity 8 had just one race on the day, falling to New Hampshire by eight seconds. The third varsity 8 was successful against both Tufts (25 seconds) and New Hampshire (six seconds).
The crew took an excursion to Pittsfield, Mass. to face Little Three rival Williams in their annual battle Sat., April 21. Top-ranked Williams got past the seventh-ranked Cardinals by a margin of 7.2 seconds in the varsity eight race. A 6.8-second gap separated the squad in the second varsity eight race with Williams again proving victorious. The Ephs were a 19.2-second winner in the third varsity eight affair.
The final dual race of the year came up Sat., April 28 at home when Wesleyan challenged second-ranked Trinity. The varsity eight race was a tight one with the Bantams using a solid sprint to win by a 5.3-second margin. The second varsity eight also went the Bantams' way by a 4.7-second differential while the third varsity eight was a photo finish as Trinity prevailed by a narrow 1.5 seconds.
On Sat., May 5, the Cardinals took part is the annual New England Regatta in Worcester, Mass. Wesleyan took fourth in its heat at the varsity 8 level, then captured the crown in the petite final by 3.7 seconds over URI to claim 7th place overall among 13 crews. Williams took the grand final over Trinity by a two-second margin. Wesleyan's second varsity 8 took sixth of 10 entries and the third varsity 8 was second of four.
The Cardinals concluded their racing season Fri., May 11 with a return trip to Worcester, Mass. for the ECAC-National Invitational Rowing Championships. There the Cardinals paced 12th of 19 in the varsity 8 race while finishing fouth among the seven NESCAC crews in attendance as the race also serves as the NESCAC championship. Williams captured the title, followed by Bates and Trinity. Wesleyan also had the top finisher among seven entries in the third varsity 8 event, defeating both Williams and Trinity, and took eighth of 13 in the second varsity 8 race.