Crew finishes up successful fall

This past weekend, both men and women’s crew capped off successful seasons. The Mules carried their tradition of academic and athletic excellence from last year into this preseason, as a total of twenty-two team members were welcomed to the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) National Invitational Rowing Championship Stewards All-Academic team ­­— 10 from the men’s team and 12 from the women’s. These 22 were recognized for their cumulative grade point average of 3.35 or higher for at least one full year at Colby. A strong preseason coupled with ambitious recruits set the tone for a fiery fall on the water.

The Textile River Regatta, an annual event held on the Merrimack River in Lowell, Massachusetts was the team’s first opportunity to show their potential. The men’s team four boat won their event in a race of 16 boats, notably finishing ahead of rivals Bowdoin, Wesleyan, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of New Hampshire. The women’s team had a strong fifth place finish from their eight boat race, beating rival Holy Cross by over 30 seconds.

The Mules continued their success at the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta in Worcester, Massachusetts, the following weekend. The men’s four boat had a third place finish, while the eight boat ended ninth of 18 boats. The women’s team, held steady with a fifth place finish of 26 boats.

“New members of the team brought a lot of energy this season” said Dan Spellman ’18 of Weston, Massachusetts, a key member of the men’s four boat. “We worked hard in the weight room over the summer and in practice from the beginning of the year. We’re proud to have achieved what we did, and we’re confident this momentum can carry us through the winter and into the Spring.” Spellman, also acknowledged that the team has set higher goals for the spring.

The season ended in traditional fashion at the Head of the Charles regatta in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Current team members, coaches, and alumni came together to race and support one another in celebration of a successful Fall for the Mules. The men’s four boat finished sixth of 46, and the women’s eight boat finished 13th of t32to solidify another successful season. Colby coach Stew Stokes and two-time olympian Colby alumni Hilary Gehman ’93 also had notable finishes. Stokes finished finished tenth of 56 boats in the men’s senior eight boat, while Gehman won the women’s master two boat. Gehman also teamed with para-athlete Katherine Barrett for a third place finish in an exhibition race.

As the Mules wrap up another season on the water, they will continue to reflect on their impressive fall and work towards their next race in the spring. They have become a noteworthy headline in Colby sports and plan to maintain their tradition of excellence in the coming months.

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