The University of Rhode Island Men’s Crew team took a step in the right direction this spring season under head coach Bob Gillette who returned after a hiatus from coaching.
URI opened the season against Boston College on the Charles River where the Varsity 8 finished third behind both BC Varsity boats and the Novice 8 started off there season with a win beating the BC Novice 8. The next week the URI Rams took on WPI and Bates College. Both the Varsity 8 and Third Vasity 8 took second in their races beating WPI but fell shortly behind Bates. The Second Varsity 8 was able to beat out both Bates and WPI to take first. URI had a successful third week against Coast Guard, University of Vermont, and UMASS. Both the Varsity 8 and the Novice 8 took first while the Second Varsity 8 took second, losing to Coast Guard by only a second.
At New Englands all three boats made the grand finals, with the Varsity 8 taking 6th overall, the Second Varsity taking home a silver medal and the Third Varsity coming in 5th. The URI Rams finished the season in Philadelphia at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta where the Novice 4 took 5th in their heat; and the Junior Varsity 8 took 3rd in their heat, narrowly missing the semi finals. The Lightweight Varsity 4 went on to the semi finals and took 3rd behind Milwaukee and Temple. Finally, after blowing away their heat, the Varsity Pair rowed by senior captains Will Lynch and James Leech moved on to the semi finals where they took 3rd behind Rochester and Drexel, narrowly missing advancing.