(Kingston, RI) Yesterday, the URI Crew Club’s varsity athletes traveled to Lowell, MA. for the Textile River Regatta. Eight boats took to the water with one entry in the Women’s Club 2x, Men’s Open 1x, Men’s Open Ltwt 4+, and Men’s Open 2x and two entries in the Men’s Open 4+ and Men’s Club 2x. Also competing were alumni Charlie Boyle (’14) (Open 1x and Open 2x) and Al Morrone (’86) (Grand Masters 1x). Watch Al’s race here on youtube!
The day started off well with the Women’s 2x of Kelly Rothenberger and Caitlin Nearing taking the win on the nearly 6 kilometer course. Their time of 27 minutes 3 seconds won the event by an amazing 1 minute 55 seconds over the boats from U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and University of Maine. When asked about the race, Nearing said “The race went really well; Kelly did extremely well as always and I couldn’t ask for a more amazing person for a sculling partner. The 6K was long and definitely not easy, but perseverance can get you to places you never thought possible.”
Shortly after the women won gold, the Men’s Open 4+ (A) of Colin Moulton, Carl Neff, Steve O’Brien, Grady Bolan and coxswain Max Fullmer placed fifth with a time of 21 minutes 33 seconds in a large field of 16 other boats including another URI boat of Adam Saluccio, John Searles, Nicholas Soucy, Kyle Higgins and coxed by Rachel Loffredo.
In the Men’s Open 1x, senior Joe Martinez placed third crossing the line at 23 minutes 53 seconds, missing out on silver by just under a second to alum Charlie Boyle. Martinez and Boyle teamed up later in the day for the Men’s Open 2x to place second. The double would have won the event had it not been for a controversial time penalty of 10 seconds due to a course mishap at the start. Finishing ahead of their competition by 8 seconds, the penalty cost them gold by only 2 seconds.
Another gold medal came in the Men’s Ltwt 4+ as Connor Dunn, John Mannion, James Malebranche, Matt Leal and coxswain Emily King completed the race in 21 minutes 18 seconds almost a full minute ahead of their competition. King commented how the anticipation of getting back to racing was killing her and that the race was intense as she had to weave in and out of countless boats from the the event ahead of their race which included high school teams and masters boats.
The final event of the day for the Rams was the Men’s Club 2x. The event was won by Dante Procopio and Dominic Campione in 23 minutes 29 seconds with Alex Isabelle and Will Bernard placing third in a time of 24 minutes 49 seconds.
The regatta was a great test for the team and important indicator of fitness as we prepare for the prestigious Head Of The Charles in a few weeks. The experience of the regatta, in coach Bob Gillette’s own words to the team, was “…the equivalent of a few days of regular practice on the Narrow and a great way to get some racing under our belt. This isn’t the end game, it is only a stepping stone towards a greater goal.” Until then, the team’s next outing will be at The Head of the Snake on October 14th hopefully getting the Novices to race their first race!
|October 1, 2017|
|UMASS Lowell Bellegarde Boathouse|
|500 Pawtucket Blvd, Lowell, MA 01854, USA|