Men's Crew Cruises Past Coast Guard for 9th Straight Year with 17-Second Margin of Victory, Adds Wins vs. Midd, Colby, UMass & UNH, First Loss to Bates
Facing Coast Guard in the opening northern spring dual race as it has each season since 1986, Wesleyan defeated its in-state rival for the ninth straight year at the varsity eight level. The teams competed over a 2000m course on the Connecticut River in Middletown Sat., March 29. The Cardinal varsity 8 squad of rowers Peter Martin '14, Ben Record '15, Noah Solomon '14, Chris Nanda '16, Keegan Dufty '14, Nick Petrillo '14, Sam Factor '14, Ethan Currie '15 and cox Andie Kleeman '16 covered the course in 6:15.7. Coast Guard was well behind in 6:32.9. Wesleyan was equally successful at the second varsity 8 level, defeating Coast Guard by nearly the same interval with Wesleyan coming through in 6:18.6 while Coast Guard finished in 6:35.3.
Over the 29 seasons that Wesleyan and Coast Guard have met in the first spring race, Wesleyan has come out on top 18 times with Coast Guard winning 11 times.
Next up for the Cardinals was to be a trip to Worcester, Mass. Sat., April 5 to take on WPI, Colby, Middlebury and UMass Amherst. Ice on the lake at Worcester forced a change of venue to the Connecticut River in Hadley, Mass. where just Middlebury, Colby and UMass provided the competition. Wesleyan, with the same rowers and coxswain as the Coast Guard race, again came out on top in thw 1800m race, defeating second-place Middlebury by a seven-second margin the varsity 8 event. UMass was third another 10.5 second behind with Colby just a fraction later in fourth. Wesleyan also captured the second varsity 8 affair, defeating Middlebury handily by 28 seconds with UMass and Colby rounding out the results. Wesleyan's third varsity took on UMass and the Middlebury novices, winning by 24 seconds over UMass and 51 second over Middlebury.
Wesleyan headed to Malden, Mass. Sat., April 12 for its annual meeting with Tufts, Bates and New Hampshire in the dual-race format. After initial races, with Wesleyan facing New Hampshire and Bates taking on Tufts, winners and losers competed in a second race on the two-lane course. The Cardinals conquered UNH by a 3.7-second gap but came up short of Bates by the identical margin in the day's second race at the varsity 8 level. Manning the Wesleyan boat was the crew of Sam Factor '14, Chris Nanda '16, Keegan Dufty '14, Ben Record '15, Noah Solomon '14, Nick Petrillo '14, Peter Martin '14 and Ethan Currie '15 with cox Andie Kleeman '16. Wesleyan's second varsity 8 rolled past UNH and Bates, the former by 16.3 seconds and the latter by 20.6 seconds. Wesleyan's third varsity 8, competing with novice 8 entries as well, beat Tufts while losing to Bates.
The Cardinals were to face Williams in Pittsfield, Mass. Sat., April 19 but poor racing conditions forced a postponement to Sat., April 26, at which time the squad will also take on Trinity during the racing originally slated for the day.