Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College Men’s Rowing team participated in the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tenn. on the Chattahoochee River on Nov. 3 and 4. They competed against all Division I schools with the exception of three competitors.
On Nov. 3, freshman Sean Curry competed in the Men’s College and Novice 8+ category and placed fifth with a time of 15:25.794.
Ohio State won the race in 14:53.681, Florida was second in 15:10.226, and Georgia Tech was third in 15:10.726. Clemson placed fourth and only beat the Shoremen by less than five seconds with a time of 15:21.243.
Curry also competed in the Men’s College and Club Novice 4+ category where he placed 6 with a time of 17:18.101.
The Shoremen were one of six crews not from a Division I program and was the fastest of those six. Georgia Tech won the Novice division, Ohio State was second and Alabama was third.
Senior Lee Potter competed in the Men’s College and Club Lightweight 4+ category and placed 6 with a time of 16:50.380, as well as the Men’s Championship 4+ category where he placed 10 with a time of 16:37.337.
On Nov. 4, junior Brook Yimer competed in the Men’s Championship 1x, where he placed 15 with a time of 8:39.224.
Senior Karl Melchior was fifth of five competitors in the men’s college and club novice single in 9:45.195. The Shoremen also had two entries in the Men’s Open Four where they finished fourth and sixth of eight crews.
The Shoremen’s “B” boat was fourth in 7:16.460 and the “A” boat was sixth in 7:20.982. The University of Washington won the race in 7:06.847, Florida was second in 7:11.808, and Detroit was third in 7:12.155.
The Shoremen were also supposed to have three entries in the men’s open pair to end Sunday’s racing, but the race was canceled due to changing weather and wind conditions.
The team is pleased with their results and are optimistic heading into their season.
“Despite the not ideal water current and the tail wind, this weekend has showed us how well we’ve progressed as individuals and most importantly as a team, “Yimer said. “We have pushed our limit by racing against many Division I schools and top rowing programs across the nation.
The Shoremen went into the regatta aiming to finish in the top 25th percentile, but finished with higher standings than initially expected.
“Overall, we’ve exceeded our expectations at this regatta, and will definitely come in stronger and faster in the spring with more medals,” he said.
Senior Alex Kincaid said, “We still have some strides to make. The team has gotten a lot tighter and we’ve got a new group of freshmen and walk-ons that have really been able to contribute to the team and do some really exciting things. This season has got me really excited to see how hard we can train over winter and how fast we can become.”