News and Announcements
This Saturday, September 7th was our annual Learn to Row day! All of our new recruits came to our boathouse in Owego for the first time to see our equipment and learn some rowing and coxing basics like parts of the boat, how to properly handle a boat and rowing and erging techniques.
After the land training was done, we then had the new recruits take boats out and experience rowing on the water for the first time! Many of them thoroughly enjoyed it, including the varsity coxswains and rowers who were assisting them. We were also fortunate enough to have a wonderful sunny day for the event.
This past Thursday September 5th and Friday September 6th was our annual erg-a-thon. In this event, the team sets up our tent outside of the Union on campus along with two ergs. Each team member signs up for an hour of erging, and together we continue rowing on these machines for a full 24 hours!
The erg-a-thon is hosted by the team in order to help spread the word of the existence of our club an hopefully get some new recruits. This year we also set up a fundraising link where parents and friends could help support the team during the 24 hours.
Despite the hard work, participating team members always have fun encouraging each other or talking with interested students about our club. Some passerby even decided to give erging a try! In total, we managed to erg a total of 438,560 meters!
This Saturday, May 4th was the last race of our spring season, the NYS Collegiate Championships Regatta at Fish Creek in Saratoga, NY. The weather was cloudy and somewhat chilly, but compared to the last time the team was at Saratoga in 2018 for Head of the Fish, it was no problem.
The varsity women has three boats in the race this year. For the varsity women’s 8, they finished with a time of 7:44.3 in the qualifier, and then shaved over a minute off their first time in the petite finals with a 7:31.1. The 4A grabbed third in their qualifier with 8:07.9 and third again in the grand finals, this time finishing in 8:02.1, scoring a medal. The varsity women’s 4B raced a 9:35.6 in their qualifiers, and 9:39.5 in the petite finals.
The varsity men raced two boats at states this year, the first being the men’s varsity 8, who finished their qualifier in 7:49.6, and then brought it down by ten seconds in their petite final, finishing second with 7:39.0. The men’s varsity 4 had the second fastest time in the qualifying heat with a 7:19.5, then raced in the grand finals, finishing in 7:16.8.
The novice had yet another successful race, with the novice women’s 8 getting third in their qualifier with 8:13.8 and then racing in grand finals and finishing with 8:03.7. The novice women had a pair this year, who finished first in the women’s open pair category with 8:30.2, bringing home a gold medal. The novice men had one boat this year, a 4. They finished first in their qualifying heat with 7:23.0 and then got third in the grand finals with a time of 7:20.2, bringing home yet another medal for the team.
Overall, the team enjoyed an exciting day of racing, rowing their hearts out, cheering on fellow teammates in their races, and enjoying the company of some parents. It was a great way to end our spring 2019 season, and we already can’t wait to be back on the water next fall!
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.