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This past Saturday April 13th was the 21st Annual Busfield Memorial Regatta hosted by Binghamton Rowing at the Les Wagner Rowing Center, located in Owego, NY. Teams in attendance this year included Skidmore, Susquehanna, Clarkson, Oswego, Stony Brook, Scranton, Maryland, and one entry from LeMoyne. Athletes and spectators alike enjoyed the warm seventy-degree weather and the occasional period of sunshine on race day. During races, rowers braved some harsher-than-usual wind conditions on the Susquehanna River.
This year, our team had at least one entry in every category except the women’s open 2-. The Binghamton Men’s open 2- placed first with a time of 07:47.0. The varsity men’s 8+ also received first place in their heat, finishing at 07:20.0. The varsity men’s fours, the A4+ and B4+, finished second and third in their heats, with times of 7:45.0 and 9:48.0.
The varsity women’s squad had five entries this year. The varsity women’s A8+ and B8+ both finished second in their heats, with times of 07:30.0 and 07:58.0. Later in the day, the varsity women’s A4+ finished first in their heat at 8:56.0, with the B4+ and C4+ coming third in their heats with times of 8:26.0 and 9:28.0.
Our novice squads had a great race this year, with both the novice women’s and men’s 4+ coming first in their heats. The novice men’s four finished in 7:17.0 minutes, and the novice women’s four finished in 8:11.0 minutes. The novice squads also had an 8+ each, both of which finished second in their heats. The men’s 8+ finished with a 7:27.0 and the women’s 8+ finished in 8:18.0 minutes.
The warm weather brought high spirits that lasted throughout the day. The team also enjoyed the presence of alumni that attended as volunteers! The day ended in high spirits with pictures down at the docks and a swim in the Susquehanna for a few people.
At this years Head of the Fish held in Saratoga Springs, NY our team faced rain, sleet, and high winds, very different conditions from those usually seen at one of our teams favorite regattas. Instead of dressing in costumes for Halloween, everyone was bundled up in layers and ponchos.
Regardless of the conditions, our boats gave the race their all. The Varsity Mens 8 finished with a time of 12:53.14 and the Varsity Womens 8 A crossed the finish line with a time of 13:18.91 with the Womens 8 B following closely behind with a time of 13:48.18.
Our Varsity Mens 4+ boat came in 13th out of 36 with a time of 12:1.64 just milliseconds off of Amherst College’s A boat. And lastly, our Novice Womens 4+ braved the difficult conditions at their first regatta and finished with a time of 15:50.68.
This past weekend the Binghamton Rowing Team headed to Rochester to take part in the Head of the Genesee Regatta. Though the day started out with a downpour and an hour long delay due to thunderstorms, by the time our first mens 4+ boat was launching the sun came out and foreshadowed an exciting day of racing.
The Binghamton Mens 4A placed in 5th with a time of 17:14.31 behind a sweep of Clarkston and St. Lawrence mens 4 entries. The Womens 4+ A came in 8th place with a time of 19:06.61 and the Womens 4+ B followed with a time of 19:58.73.
In the 1V 8+ category, the Mens boat finished with a time of 18:01.25 and the womens 1V 8+ finished with a time of 17:34.81.
After a week of battling river flooding and fog, all 5 entries held their own at the regatta regardless of the fact that the team was unable to get on the water the week prior. Now with natural variables out of the way, we’re excited to get back into boats and get to work.
The Binghamton Rowing Team started it’s racing season off with 3 medals this past weekend at the Head of the Hudson Regatta in Albany, NY. This course offered a new challenge to rowers and coxswains alike because of its unique 3.2K distance.
The Varsity Mens 4+ boat fell just half a second short of a first place finish to Skidmore with a time of 10:46.12. The Varsity Womens 4+ boat scored their own second place finish with a time of 12:05.55. And last but not least, the Varsity Womens 8+ secured a third place finish behind Union College and Skidmore with a time of 12:36.28.
With a successful start to the season and no lack of determination from our team members we’re excited to see how far Binghamton will go within the coming months.
This past Saturday the Binghamton Rowing Team held its annual Learn to Row Day, inviting new rowers and coxswains to our boathouse to teach them some of the basics.
We gave our Novices a taste of both water and land practices by splitting the day between rowing and erging. We saw some excitingly low splits during our erg relays and a lot of focused learning in the boats; the perfect combination for a successful Novice Team.
There’s nothing quite like the moment you fall in love with rowing and a lot of our current team members attribute their Learn to Row Days to what hooked them on the sport. We hope that the current Novice feel the same way!