The Hamilton College rowing teams hosted their first races of the year on Saturday, facing Rochester Institute of Technology and William Smith College on Rome’s Erie Canal. 

The Continentals entered three boats, including their varsity 8, which is ranked fifth nationally. Conditions were extraordinarily windy with chop increasing from moderate to heavy.

The varsity 8 finished the 2,000-meter course in 8:03.67, besting No. 14 Rochester Institute of Technology and No. 10 William Smith, who posted respective times of 8:19.77 and 8:29.45.

William Smith won the second varsity 8 race in 8:43.43, followed by the Continentals (9:21.46) and RIT (9:30.75).

Hamilton’s novice 8 took second (in 10:22.03) to William Smith’s novice 8 (10:02.17) in a race that also included RIT (10:26.21).

The varsity 4 race was canceled because of course conditions.

Hamilton races at Union College on Sunday, April 12, at 11 a.m.

Varsity 8
Cox: Heather Piekarz
8: Erin Gerrity
7: KearaLynn
6: Caroline Walton
5: Rachel Cooley
4: Olivia Shehan
3: Karly Moore
2: Emma Zanazzi
Bow: Jess Pedersen

Second Varsity 8
Cox: Gabby Troya
8: Emily Hedison
7: Claire Callahan
6: Rachel Landman
5: Alex Brantl
4: Sam Benevelli
3: Ally Kontra
2: Charlotte Andrews
Bow: Meredith Garner

Third Varsity 8
Cox: Gabby Troya
8: Hideko Nara
7: Michelle Chapman
6: Sam Benevelli
5: Alex Brantl
4: Sofia Rachad
3: Amanda Wheeler
2: Ellie Pinto
Bow: Isabel Grieder

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