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Six of the eight rowers plus the coxswain are back for the Hamilton College men's crew varsity eight entry that raced at the 2013 National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC). Max Geiduschek '14 and Grant Meglis '14 are three-year varsity letter winners and Kyle Leahy '14 and Gardner Reed '14 round out the senior class. Aaron Whiteman '13 was selected to the NESCAC all-conference team and Dylan Jackson '13 made the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) all-conference team last spring.

Willy Cowles '09 has been active on the national rowing scene since he graduated from Hamilton. In 2013, Cowles' boat won the quadruple sculls and finished second in the men's double at the USRowing national championships. He went on to row with the national team at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland, and at the E.ON Hanse Canal Cup in Germany. Cowles finished second at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the double sculls and won gold in the elite men's single sculls and double sculls at the 2011 U.S. Rowing National Championships.

Andre Matias '12 has rowed on the national and international stage several times. Matias won bronze in the lightweight double sculls at the 2013 African Championships. He won gold in the lightweight men's single at the 2010 U.S. Collegiate National Championships and finished fourth in the lightweight men's single at the seventh African Rowing Championships that same year. Matias competed in the 2009 and 2010 Under-23 World Championships as the first athlete from Angola to participate in the event. He trained in South Africa in 2010 and attempted to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games as a representative of Angola.

Jackson gained valuable experience during the summer of 2012 when he competed for the Pennsylvania Athletic Club Rowing Association at the USRowing club national championships. He was part of a men's intermediate lightweight 8+ that captured a gold medal, a men's senior lightweight 4+ that took silver and a men's intermediate lightweight 4+ that earned bronze.

In 2012, Chris Visentin '12 and Adam Minchew '12 helped lead Hamilton to its second straight Tampa Mayor's Cup points trophy during spring break. The men eventually posted head-to-head varsity eight and varsity four victories against Tufts University. After the season, Visentin made the NESCAC and ECAC all-conference teams.

Hamilton competes against Union College every spring for the Gilman Cup and Gilman Bowl. The Cup is awarded to the winner of the varsity eight and the Bowl goes to the second varsity eight champion. The hardware stays with the winning school until the teams meet again the following year. Hamilton claimed the Gilman Bowl every year from 2007 to 2011 and again in 2013. The men held on to the Gilman Cup from 2007 to 2010.

Jeff Cardoni '11, who rowed in stroke seat for the varsity eight, made the 2011 NESCAC All-Conference Team. Coxswain Ricky Bottini '10 was on the inaugural NESCAC all-conference team in 2010 and earned a spot on the ECAC all-conference team that same year.

In 2009 at the New York State championships, Hamilton tied for fifth place in the point standings out of 27 programs and received the award for most improved team. Men's crew was awarded varsity status prior to the 1998-99 academic year.

Exceptional academic performance is important to the crew programs. Alexander Cates '15, Russ DeGrazia '15, Jackson, Andrew Szatkowski '15 and Jacob Wagner '15 earned spots on the 2013 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team. The team is restricted to letter winners in the sophomore, junior and senior classes that have a cumulative grade point average of 3.35 or better. In 2006, Kosta Popovic '06 was elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is the nation's oldest honor society.

The fall season starts on Oct. 12 with Hamilton's Bridge-to-Bridge Head Race on the Erie Canal. The men race in Boston (Head of the Charles) and Philadelphia (Head of the Schuylkill) later in October. The spring season features a 12-day training trip to Tampa, Fla., in March. The New York State championships and the National Invitational Rowing Championships highlight the spring schedule.