HADLEY, Mass. -- Another October Saturday, another head race for CGA Rowing! A big thanks to UMass Women's Rowing for hosting this regatta on a beautiful stretch of the Connecticut River. The morning started out rainy and the Connecticut River had a fair amount of flow. The day ended with the sun coming out and some excellent racing.
For the CGA men it was another successful day with a second place finish in both the men's collegiate eight (behind UMass Amherst) and the men's collegiate four (behind University of Vermont). As the 1V 6-seat, Brad Ragan, noted, "Everyone raced well and the team is building momentum..." Brad added a shout out to, freshman Paul Gerlach for a strong freshman showing in the 1V.
Continuing the theme of a strong showing by the fourth class, freshman Sean Hunter, the coxswain for the third eight said that from, "The moment we crossed the start line it was a heated race as we were walking up on the boat just ahead of us. After we past them, the rest of the race was fighting off any boats trying to catch us as we twisted our way through the course. All-in-all a great day of rowing at a great, scenic venue." Sean drove a crew that included seven freshmen rowers including four rowers who started rowing in August – Cameron Kielty, Joe Kealy, John Orefice, and Brian Golliher who stroked the boat.
The women ran into some very strong competition – racing with several NCAA Division 1 program including Dartmouth College, UMass Amherst, and Marist. In the race within the race against our NEWMAC competition including Smith College and Mt. Holyoke, who were both basically rowing on their home river, CGA was right in the battle finishing 10 seconds behind Smith and one second behind Mt. Holyoke.
The CGA 1V eight for this week included six freshmen including Rasa Kirvelevicius in the stroke seat - backed up by her former East Lyme HS teammate, sophomore Katherine Long in the seven seat. Senior captain Kirsten Sharp noted, "We rowed with a lot of heart today, we are excited for the rest of the season."
For a few of the freshmen this will be the last race of the season, but their effort this Fall has set them up for a strong showing in the Spring - after a winter of captain's practices on the ergs.
Next week one eight and one four of both men and women will be in action at the Head of the Charles in Boston (along with a CGA Alumni eight). The men's eight and the alumni eight will be racing on Saturday (20 October) afternoon and the men's four as well as the women's eight and four will be racing on Sunday afternoon.
The following week, in the last race of the fall season, CGA Rowing will visit Philadelphia to row in the Head of the Schuylkill on Saturday 26 October.