Freshman Lightweights Finish Fall Racing at Rutgers Fall Classic
The freshman lightweights wrapped up their head racing this fall in impressive fashion at the Rutgers Fall Classic this past weekend, with boats placing 2nd and 6th in their event and finishing 2nd overall in team standings.
The first freshman boat completed the two and a half mile course in 13:58, nine seconds off the winning Navy A boat and one second ahead of Navy's B crew.
First boat coxswain Ted Griffin commented,
We started out as the first boat [to go down the course], which gave us an open water advantage. We ended up having navy on our heels the whole way down the river, which made it a tough feat to keep a controlled and strong boat. I felt we did a good job overall in the King.
The second boat also performed well, placing sixth overall in a time of 14:40 and demonstrating great depth in the '14 lightweight class.
The young Blue Hens are satisfied with the result, yet they believe they are capable of more.
Today, the team really pulled hard and tried to keep up with the other boats. The race could have gone better if we had fully executed what we had done during previous practices. Overall we did pretty well with our average scores placing us in second.
said second boat coxswain Holden Silverman.
The '14 Blue Hens have demonstrated tremendous quality and depth this fall. They will spend a few more weeks on the water and then enter the indoor season in preparation for a challenging spring campaign, which will feature racing against many of the top teams in the highly competitive Eastern Sprints league.