Cardinals Stand 7-2 After Annual Trip to Florida, 8th Straight Victory vs. Coast Guard, and Five-Team Win in Worcester
Taking their annual pilgrimage to Winter Park, Fla. for a week of training and the Rollins Invitational Sat., March 16, the men's varsity eight with members Bryce Hollingsworth '13, Ben Record '15, Peter Cornilie '15, Keegan Dufty '14, Noah Solomon '14, Chris Nanda '16, Tenzin Masselli '15, Trevor Michelson '13 and cox Grant Nikols '13 came away with a third-place finish in the five-team race as the Cardinals defeated Emory and Rollins while falling to U. of Florida and Army. Florida's margin of victory over Army was just one second while Wesleyan trialed the winner by 6.7 seconds over the 1950m course. Wesleyan's second and third varsity also competed at the event against an entry from Florida with the second boat victorious by 3.9 seconds. The third boat finished 19 seconds behind Florida.
Opening their northern schedule with a dual race at Coast Guard Sat., March 30, Wesleyan outrowed the Bears for the eight straight year, coming through with a 10.9-second victory margin over the 2000m Thames River course. Wesleyan's varsity entry was composed of rowers Ben Record '15, Tenzin Masselli '15, David Hinds '13, Bryce Hollingsworth '13, Chris Nanda '16, Noah Solomon '14, Trevor Michelson '13, Sam Hoefle '13 with cox Grant Nikols '13. Wesleyan also had wins on both the second and third varsity races as the Cardinals won by 16- and 17-second margin, respectively.
Next up for the team was a trip to Worcester, Mass. Sat., April 6 to take on traditional rivals Colby, WPI, Middlebury and UMass Amherst in some morning racing. Wesleyan swept the three races held as the varsity eight, the same as the week before with one change as Keegan Dufty '14 occupied David Hinds spot, defeated host WPI by half a boat length with a time of 6:13 to WPI's 6:15. Middlebury was fraction behind WPI in third with Colby and UMass a distant fourth and fifth, respectively. The order was nearly identical in the second varsity eight race, however, Wesleyan distanced itself by considerable open water over WPI for a 10-second margin. UMass was third, Middlebury fourth and Colby fifth. The Cardinals had two entries in the third varsity eight as the "A" boat was a 20-second victor over WPI. Middlebury placed third, UMass fourth and the Cardinal "B" boat fifth.
On Sat, April 13, Wesleyan will make its annual trek to take on Tufts, Bates and New Hampshire on the Malden River outside of Boston. The four teams pair up in initial races on the two-lane course with winners and losers facing each other in a second race later in the day.