Men's Crew Ends Spring Racing vs. Williams & Trinity, N.E. & ECAC Championships - Petrillo '14, Dufty '14 & Martin '14 All-NESCAC
Wesleyan closed out the spring racing season by facing both Williams and Trinity in a double dual event Sat., April 26 in Pittsfield, Mass. as the Cardinals had an event slated with Trinity that day and made up an earlier event with Williams that had been postponed due to poor conditions, followed by the annual New England Rowing Championships Sat., May 3 and the ECAC Collegiate Championships Sun., May 11, both in Worcester, Mass.
Using the same varsity 8 lineup in each of the final three events, that of rowers Peter Cornilie '15, Chris Nanda '16, Colin Mattox '17, Keegan Dufty '14 (right side photo), Ben Record '15, Nick Petrillo '14 (left side photo), Peter Martin '14 and Ethan Currie '15 with cox Max Dietz '16, Wesleyan came up a scant 1.1 second shy of Trinity and 4.7 second behind Williams in its separate races. This became a pattern in both regional affairs as Wesleyan placed second to Williams by less than three seconds in its heat at NERC before going on to place fifth of 15 total entries with Williams the winner, 6.7 second faster than Wesleyan, while Trinity was fourth, less than one second ahead. At ECACs, Williams again was tops in the heat with the Cardinals 6.5 second back in fourth place. That put Wesleyan in the petite final where the Cardinals took second, eighth overall among 20 boats. Wesleyan trailed B.C. but 1.1 seconds in the petite final. When the NESCAC announced its all-conference squads, both Petrillo and Dufty graced the first team while Martin was a second-team choice.
Wesleyan second varsity 8, composed of Sam Factor '14, Evan Ortiz ''16, Noah Solomon '14, Sam Giagtzoglou '16, Darshdeep Hora '15, Stephen MacNeille '15, Jonah Wolfson '17, Conor Schon '16 and cox Andie Kleeman '16, brought home a bronze medal from NERC among 12 entries, then placed eighth of 18 at ECACs. Wesleyan third varsity 8 was fourth of six at NERC and 10th of 12 at ECACs.