Crew wins big at home race

The past weekend proved a successful one for Colby Men and Women’s Crew as both teams dominated the University of Vermont (UVM) and University of New Hampshire (UNH) in an all-too-rare home meet.

The event began bright and early on the Messalonskee Stream in Sidney, ME, where  the men’s varsity eight boats from each school took to the water. Eager to avenge their close eight-second loss to UNH from the previous week in Worcester, MA, the Mules got off to a powerful start. They maintained their lead to finish with a time of 6:02, closely followed by UNH at 6:04.The UVM men were significantly slower, finishing third with a time of 6:26. The Mule’s men’s varsity four boat had a less successful day, finishing fourth out of four teams, with UVM coming in first, UNH in second, and the UVM “B” boat in third.

The Mules also found success on the Men’s novice side of the event, with the novice four boat placing first with a time of 703.39, followed by UNH at 7:16, with UVM placing third at 7:45. UNH took the victory from the men’s novice eight event, while Colby followed less than five seconds behind for a respectable second.

On the Women’s side, the Mules again found success, particularly in the varsity eight event, placing first with a time of 6:39. UNH followed closely at 6:40, while UVM lagged behind with a time of 7:02. The women’s second eights side was unable to repeat the success of the varsity boat in their race, placing third with a time of 7:06.

The women’s varsity four race also proved tough for the Mules, as both sides placed third in their respective races. UNH dominated the varsity fours, finishing with a time of 5:45, while UVM came second at 5:52, while Colby followed third at 6:24. The novice side also placed third, beating the University of New England, who only competed in the women’s novice fours event, by just under ten seconds.

Reflecting on the conditions of the race, men’s rower Andrew Egger ’18 commented, “The windy conditions made rowing a little bit tricky, but our crews put forth strong efforts producing some exceptional results.” The impressive turnout of Colby fans was also a high point for Egger, who said, “Home races are great because family, friends, and professors come out to cheer.”

His sentiment was echoed by women’s rower Katy Donchik ’18, who described the “energy of the crowd” as “motivation you can’t get anywhere else.” With a successful weekend behind them, both teams look forward to the New England Rowing Championships on Saturday, April 30.

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