Hamilton College won the varsity eight, and then finished second in a re-row, in a regatta with Rochester Institute of Technology on the Erie Canal in Rome, N.Y., on April 25.
The teams faced temperatures in the 80s and calm conditions that gradually built to a 5 to 10 mile-per-hour tailwind as the day went on.
The varsity eight was rowed twice due to a mishap in the first race when a styrofoam cup became lodged on the fin of the RIT boat with 900 meters to go. Hamilton won the first race with a time of 6:18.81 to RIT's 6:30.93 on the 2,000-meter course. RIT claimed the re-row with a time of 6:03.48. Hamilton crossed the finish line in 6:22.57.
RIT captured the top two places in the second varsity eight. Their boats finished in 6:16.71 and 6:27.31. Hamilton's entry finished in third place at 6:41.22. Hamilton finished second in the varsity four with a time of 7:27.25 as RIT's winning time was 7:01.30.
Ricky Bottini '10 was coxswain for the varsity eight. The rest of the lineup included Gibson Hoyt '12 at stroke, Tim Belden '10 in the bow seat and the following rowers (seats seven through two in descending order): Ben Sholl '09, Jeff Cardoni '11, Willy Cowles '09, Jonathan Wilson '09, Chris Visentin '12 and Andre Matias '11.
Scott Bixby '11 was coxswain for the second varsity eight. The rest of the lineup included Rafael De La Rosa '12 at stroke, RD Eisenhart '11 in the bow seat and the following rowers (seats seven through two in descending order): Matt Seaman '12, Matt Poterba '12, Adam Minchew '12, Ian Thresher '12, Sam Hinks '12 and Andre Zakoworotny '11.
Bixby was coxswain for the novice four. The rest of the lineup included De La Rosa at stroke, Seaman in the bow seat, Minchew in the 3-seat and Zakaworotny in the 2-seat.
Hamilton competes in the New York State championships in Whitney Point on Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3.