by Roxy Capron
This weekend, RNY’s varsity teams competed at the Head of the Mohawk at the Aqueduct Rowing Club in Niskayuna, NY. Beautiful racing conditions and high spirits made for an exciting day on the water. This was Row New York’s first time at the regatta, and for the newest varsity members, it was their first head racing experience. For a few, this was actually their first racing experience ever!
The squads faced tough competition in their season opener, but pulled through with sound performances all around. The Manhattan girls finished fourth in their race, despite breakage in the middle of the race. The boys followed suit, placing fourth while understroking most of the field. Our coaches were pleased to see such rhythmic and technical races this early on in the season. The boys and girls second varsity eights successfully built on the hard work they have put in since the beginning of September. The Queens teams also had a good day on the water, executing their races just as planned. Impressively, ten athletes even doubled back to compete in two events!
Overall, the coaches were happy with this baseline start to the season. Manhattan Coach Tom Eichler said, “It was a great day for the boys and girls, the whole squad putting in solid races and achieving their early season goals.” Queens Coach Mike Eichler agreed, and added that this was an especially important experience for the newest varsity members, who now understand the work required to be successful on the course.
After such an impressive weekend, this fall season looks particularly promising! Both teams will get back on the water this Saturday, October 11th, when they travel to New Jersey for the Head of the Passaic Regatta. Stay tuned for updates!