URI Men’s Rowing kicked off their fall season, this weekend, coming home with a total of 35 medals after impressive performances at the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta and New Hampshire Championship Regatta.
On Saturday in Worcester, Rhody’s A and B Varsity 4s placed first and fifth in their race, giving freshman coxswain Rachel Purington her first swim as part of the team. Both boats showed very strong performances with the B boat beating all but one other B-ranked boat in the race and several A-ranked boats including Amherst, Holy Cross, and Middlebury.
URI’s two Novice 8s, also A and B, took 4th and 9th, respectively, in their first ever races on the collegiate level.
URI continued north, Sunday morning, into Pembroke, NH, for the Northeast Delta Dental New Hampshire Championship Regatta, competing in the same two race classes as a day before, plus an additional 2x race.
After a 90 minute fog delay, the two Novice 8s were on the course. The A boat finished in first place and the B boat took third, awarding the rowers their first medals with URI Men’s Crew.
The 2x, rowed by senior Captain Charles Boyle and senior Andrew Law, had spent Saturday on the Charles River in Boston racing the Head of the Kevin. Sunday, they were able to easily defeat the second place Upper Valley/CRI boat by almost nineteen seconds and take home gold.
The final race of the day for URI was the Men’s Open 4+. URI’s A boat started third in the field of 6 boats and quickly passed their two leaders and finish ahead of the pack. The B boat was the final boat to start, but passed three other crews during the race, including Southern New Hampshire, Endicott, and Mass Maritime, and got close to a fourth, Gentile Giant. They finished second, behind their teammates in the A boat, and ahead of third place Gentile Giant by more than a minute, giving URI a Gold and Silver sweep in the event.
This weekend’s racing set the stage for this upcoming weekend in Boston during the Head of the Charles. URI is fielding both a Collegiate 8 and an Open 4. The 2x will also be rowing under the flag of Osprey Rowing Club.
You can find the full results of this weekend’s racing at RhodeIslandRowing.com/schedule.