Men’s Rowing Finishes Season Strong

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June 2, 2013 by conteconfidential

The Boston College men’s rowing team capped off a year of hard work with three championship tournaments in the month of May. The 5 a.m. practices in cold weather and the offseason training sessions during the winter all led up to these races: the New England Rowing Championships, the ECAC National Invitational Rowing  Championships and the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships.

During these races, BC shared the water with teams from all over the country, including rival Trinity College and national powerhouse University of Michigan. The Eagles held their own against the tough competition and ended their season with impressive finishes at all three championships.

New England Rowing Championships

The team traveled out west to Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. on May 4 to compete against other local teams at the New England Rowing Championships. BC raced five boats at the tournament: the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four, novice four and the novice eight.

The varsity eight finished fourth in its heat to advance to the Petite Final and then secured a first place finish in the Petite Final. Trinity took first place in the heat and first place in the Grand Final.


The varsity eight of Ryan Jong, Sean Fanning, John Corbett, Thomas Fee, Keane Johnson, Kevin Bielawski, James Harvey, Chris Samul, Chris Senft going to the starting line of the Head of the Charles Regatta (photo credit: Michael Fee)

The second varsity eight advanced to the Grand final after placing third in their heat behind Williams and URI. The boat finished fifth in the final.  The varsity four finished last in their heat and ended up with a fifth place finish in the Petite Final.

Both novice boats secured second place finishes in their respective Grand Finals. The novice eight was just edged out by Trinity, losing by a margin of just 1.1 seconds. The novice four placed second in its heat behind Bates College to advance to the Grand Final.

BC once again fell short to Bates to earn a silver medal in the Grand Final.

Overall, the Eagles’ performance was strong. The finishes of the five boats earned the team second place in total points for the Men’s point trophy.  Without the varsity women’s rowing team present to boost them higher, BC took ninth overall in the combined team point standings.

ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships

On May 12, the team returned to Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester to compete at the ECEC Championships. BC raced four boats at the championships: the varsity eight, second varsity eight, third varsity eight and the novice eight.

The varsity eight took fourth in its heat, which included the University of Michigan, the eventual grand final winner. The varsity eight moved on to the Petite Final, where the team secured a third place finish.

The second varsity eight took second behind Marist in its heat and ended with a sixth place finish in the Grand Final.  The third varsity eight finished fifth in its heat and fourth in the Petite Final.  The novice eight had the best finish of the day for the Eagles. The boat took second in heats to move on to a second place finish in the Grand Final.

The Eagles once again proved to be strong overall, finishing the day in third place in the men’s points competition.

ACRA Championships

The Eagles ended their season two weeks after school ended and one week after the seniors graduated at the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships.


Teams compete at the ACRA Championships (photo credit: Thomas McShane)

The ACRA Championships took place on Lake Sidney Lanier in Gainesville, Ga. on May 25-26.  BC sent four boats down south to compete in the races: the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity double and the novice eight.

The varsity eight once again shared the water with powerhouse Michigan team in their semifinal race. BC took seventh in the semifinal and went on to place fifth in the Petite Finals. Michigan once again advanced to a first place finish in the Grand Final.

The second varsity eight finished its weekend with a first place finish in the Petite Final, an impressive finish for the first 2V8 boat that BC has ever sent to the ACRA Championships.

A highlight of the Championships for the Eagles was a win in the Petite Final for the varsity double team of Thomas McShane and Ryan Montgomery. The duo rowed a personal best to beat out such teams as Rochester and Notre Dame.

The novice eight finished their season with an impressive sixth place finish in the Grand Final, rowing one of its best races of the season.

Strong Finish

The men’s rowing team had one of the best years in recent memory, and the rowers have proven themselves to be competitive against some of the top team in the nation.

The team graduated seven seniors this year: Keane Johnson (Team President), Thomas Fee (Club Sports Representative), James Harvey, Timothy Coogan, Ryan Jong, Ryan Montgomery and Keith Brown.  The seniors have seen their team develop tremendously in their four years at BC, and they paved the way for a new era. Interest in the sport is rising, and the BC team will surely be the crew to watch in coming years.

By Julia Burkett

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