By The Elm - Oct 18,2013@3:06 pm

By Brian Klose
Staff Writer

This fall, the Chester River is busier than ever as the Washington College Men’s Rowing team begins its training for the long competitive season ahead.

“It’s an exciting time for Washington crew,” said new Novice Head Coach Daniel Hagelberg.

The Shoremen are entering the fall with a 15th place finish in the ECAC regatta from last spring and look to improve heavily this season with plenty of freshman and returning talent. The team is growing stronger both mentally and physically as it heads into the dog days of training.

“The ECAC is the ‘holy grail’ race,” said Varsity Head Coach John Leekley. “The talent is here and we have much more confidence in our potential to do well.”

Leekley is entering his seventh season as head coach of the rowing squad and has high hopes for this year’s roster. The team can reach its highest potential as long as it stays “aggressive the whole [race].”

With the serious roster depth, including novices, the Shoremen could be rowing four boats this season in competitions.

The captains for the 2013-14 season are seniors Anthony Cairo and Dominic DiMarino.

A member of the 2012-13 MARC Academic All-Conference team, Cairo sat stroke seat in the winning varsity eight at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships, and has sat in the top eight seat since his sophomore year.

DiMarino won with the second varsity eight at the MARC Championships sitting bow seat and rowed in the winning lightweight four at the 2012 Frostbite Regatta. Both captains rowed in a varsity pair at the famous Dad Vail Regatta in spring 2012, reaching the semifinal round.

Sophomore coxswain John Gould is coming off an eventful summer finishing first at the U23 Nationals and competing at the World Championships for USA. A vocal leader, Gould is giving WC more motivation and confidence with his National level experience. Gould led the first varsity eight to victory at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships this past season, as well as multiple top-three finishes in high school at the Gunnery.

Other impact rowers this season include sophomore Ryan Miranda, who currently holds the all-time team record for the fastest 6k urg test. Miranda was named to the All-MARC Novice Team and sat in the five seat of the winning varsity eight at the MARC Championships.

Another sophomore, Mark Boissonneault, sat in the four seat of the winning eight. Mark adds to the team’s mental strength with his “fierce attitude,” Leekley said.

Daniel Hagelberg, the newest addition to the WC crew coaching staff, was named the novice coach this past summer. Rowing collegiately at the University of Delaware, Hagelberg comes in with coaching experience at his alma mater and with Penn AC.

Entering its second year competing in the ECAC’s, the team is faced with higher expectations. The talent all across the roster is giving the Shoremen the perfect opportunity to take the next competitive step. The eight seats have been the team’s main source of success, but they also have serious potential to win with fours and pairs.

The fall season was scheduled to begin at the Occoquan Chase in Lorton, Va., and was anticipated as a good opportunity for some first impressions on the first eight. However, with the heavy rains all long the Mid-Atlantic this last week, the race was cancelled due to flooding.

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