Strong Weekend on the Water For Rowing
April 15, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
The Boston College rowing team had a strong performance at the two-day Knecht Cup Regatta this past weekend. All six of the BC Crews advanced to the Grand Finals after the heats and semi-finals on Saturday. Four BC crews returned to Boston with medals and one of the best team performances the Eagles have had at the Knecht Cup to date.
""The team had a terrific weekend and gained a ton of experience,'' said BC rowing coach Steve Fiske. "There were over 20 Division 1 programs racing at the Knecht Cup this year and we were the only team to place in the top four in six different events.''
"The wins in the Second Varsity Eight and the Second Varsity Four were our first wins at this race in quite some time and it was great to see them race so well under lots of pressure from other strong teams,'' said Fiske.
The Second Varsity Eight won its heat and semi-final on Saturday to be one of the favorites going into the Grand Final on Sunday. While the Eagles had a clear lead, this was a closely contested race between all six crews. The Eagles won gold with a time of 6:48.94 ahead of Bucknell, Fordham, Drexel, Tulsa, and Wisconsin Lightweight.
The other Boston College gold medal was won in the Second Varsity Four. This crew advanced to the Grand Final after a win in the heats over Central Florida, Fordham, Alabama, and New Hampshire. In the Grand Final the Eagles pulled ahead of the field early in the race and expanded their lead throughout the 2000 meter race to win by a margin of 7.3 seconds over Central Florida, Tulsa, Buffalo, George Mason, and UMass.
The Eagles won bronze medal in the Varsity Four. This crew won their heat on Saturday by 13.10 seconds, and later Saturday the same Eagles crew won their semi-final finishing ahead of Central Florida, Drexel, Philadelphia, ACC rival North Carolina, and Connecticut. Boston College faced UMass, Tulsa, Central Florida, Buffalo, and George Mason in the Grand Final in a close race, with only 1.7 seconds separating gold from bronze. The Eagles finished 1.7 behind UMass and just behind Tulsa to capture bronze medals.
BC won silver medals in the Third Varsity Eight. This crew placed first in their heat on Saturday to advance to the final where they competed against Central Florida, Fordham, UMass, Old Dominion and Temple. BC finished with a time of 7:14.03, just 1.8 seconds behind the winner, Central Florida.
Boston College placed fourth in the Varsity Eight Grand Final. This crew faced a number of close races over the weekend. They won their heat on Saturday by 1.43 seconds and were second in their semi-final, advancing them to the Grand Final. They finished with a time of 6:52.07, behind UMass, Bucknell, and Old Dominion, and ahead of Tulsa and Drexel.
The BC Freshmen 8 won its heat on Saturday, decisively by 8.68 seconds. This advanced the Freshman 8 to the semi-finals. The young Eagles proved themselves once again, and advanced to the Grand Final on Sunday. The freshmen crew finished fourth behind Drexel, Buffalo, and West Virginia, and ahead of Wisconsin Lightweights, and Boston University Lightweights.
Second Varsity Eight
Second Varsity Four
Third Varsity Eight