SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Though the Head of the Fish provided its usual challenging wind and rain, Tufts Men's Rowing finished the fall season with some of the best results in many years.
|Andrew MacMillen defended his title in the Men's Collegiate Single|
Starting off in the morning, junior tri-captain Andrew MacMillen successfully navigated 20 mph headwinds and whitecap waves to defend his title in the Men's Collegiate Single in a time of 14:51, coming in one second ahead of Michael Landuyt from Rensselaer and 10 seconds ahead of Colgate sculler Clark Cady-McRea.
The Tufts men's lightweight four took the water with special motivation after finishing second in this event last year, and stormed to the line in a time of 13:36, eight seconds ahead of second-place finisher Middlebury College. This event, in which all rowers must be under 165 lbs, tends to be very hard fought every year. This year's Tufts winning entry was made up of coxswain James Grant '19, Ryan Bell '19, Tyler McCullough '17, Thomas Hendrickson '19 and Andrew Takasugi '19.
The Tufts novice men's eights continued the day's success, with the novice "A" boat taking the overall win in a time of 11:33.4, five seconds ahead of Boston College and 13 seconds in front of the third-place boat from Rochester Institute of Technology. The collegiate novice event is for athletes in their first year of college rowing, and Tufts' win in a deep field of 32 entrants continued a recent trend of strong results in this "youth" category after a third-place finish here last year. The novice "B" entry for Tufts also showed well, finishing in second place amongst all "B" entries and in 17th place out of 32 entries overall.
The Tufts novice "A" boat was coxswain Emily Kim '20, Paul Gelhaus '20, Graham Forrester '20, Adrian Tanner '20, Ross Hamilton '20, Mats Edwards '20, Dean Ericksen '20, Hayes Ward '18, and Jordan Moradian '19. The "B" entry was led by coxswain Andrea Munoz '20, stroked by Sam Agnew '20, followed by Elliot Shin '20, Peter Malinovsky '20, Mitch Koganski '20, Matt Agurcia '20, Jordan Bacher '19, Aidan Crowley '20, and Nate Silberman '20.
Another all first-year lineup showed the promise of Tufts' young team by dominating the Men's Collegiate Quadruple Scull event, winning by over a minute from the their nearest competitor, the Tufts "B" entry, and several minutes ahead of third-place Montreal Rowing Club. Tufts "A" was again led by strong first-year rowers Paul Gelhaus and Graham Forrester, with Adrian Tanner '20 and Ross Hamilton 20' completing the crew. Tufts "B" took the silver medal in a time of 12:25, stroked by senior Griffin Richards with sophomores Samson Braun, Alec Whipple, and Tamas Takata backing him up.
As the afternoon wore on, the weather improved, providing fair and fast racing conditions for the Men's Collegiate Varsity Eights races. The 8+ is the primary racing category for all the championship races next May, so despite spending most of the fall in single sculls to develop technique and fitness, Tufts chose to jump in to see what might happen against crews who have spent all fall training in the eight-plus - and the results were impressive.
The Tufts first varsity boat (1V) took fourth place overall in a field of 21 crews with a time of 10:16.7, finishing only 14 seconds behind the winning boat from Division 1 power Columbia, five seconds behind perennial New England rival WPI who were coming off a strong fourth-place finish at the Head of the Charles, and only one-tenth of a second (0.1) behind third-place finisher Marist. The Jumbos were ahead of many NESCAC and New England rivals such as Wesleyan, Boston College, Williams, and UMass.
The Tufts 1V was led by coxswain James Grant '19, stroked by Andrew MacMillen '18, followed by Doug Burt '17, William "Zach" Merchant '17, Ashton Knight '18, Tyler Hagedorn '18, Richard Gilland '19, Jeremy Slavitz '17, and Thomas Hendrickson '18 in bow.
The Tufts 2V entry raced next, and put down a fast time of 10:32.2, good enough for third place overall in a field of 18, finishing only 16 seconds behind D1 Columbia and five seconds behind NESCAC rival Wesleyan University, and ahead of rivals such as WPI, Marist, and Boston College.
Other results included an eighth-place finish for the men's collegiate double of Tafari Duncan '17 and Josh Kaltman '19, a fifth place for the collegiate/open mixed double scull of James Miller '19 and Erika Odmark '19, and a strong third place (first collegiate finisher) in the Mixed Open/Collegiate Quadruple Scull event for Peter "Ryan" Magnuson '19, Nick Hartman '19, Natalie Lowenstein '19 and Maya Tarnas '19.
"While the fall season for Tufts Rowing has been focused on putting in place the fitness and technique needed to succeed in the championship races next May, it's always fun to race, and it's great to have a snapshot of progress against other crews from the NESCAC," Tufts Director of Rowing Noel Wanner said. "Based on these results, Tufts Rowing has every motivation to work towards a fantastic spring season, and every reason to hope that the spring's result will be equally strong."