Men's Rowing Gets Off to Strong Start at Navy Day Regatta
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  10/11/2009

Oct. 11, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's men's rowing team got 2009-10 off to a strong start, with a solid performance at the Navy Day Regatta on the Schuylkill River. The Hawks hosted the race for the first time ever and saw over 550 boats compete.

The Varsity Heavyweight 4 took an impressive second place, finishing behind Navy, while the Varsity Lightweight 8 placed fifth out of 10.

The Hawks' Varsity 8 placed seventh out of 26 boats, despite rowing their second race of the day. The Second Varsity 8 placed 14th, with that boat comprised of rowers from the lightweight boat racing their second event of the day.

The Varsity Lightweight 4, which was comprised of rowers from the JV Lightweight 8, took fifth place, while the rest of the crew from that boat placed sixth in the Lightweight 4 event.

The Second Varsity Heavyweight 4 placed 15th out of 23 boats., while the Second Varsity Lightweight 8 took 10th in the second race of the day for those rowers.

The Hawks' novices turned in solid efforts in their first collegiate races. The Freshman 8 placed fifth, behind only Penn and three boats from Navy. The Second Freshman placed 16th. In the fours, the Freshman 4 finished third to two Navy crews, while the Second Freshman 4 were right behind in fourth place.

"I was very pleased with how the guys raced and am excited about the future," said head coach Drew Hill. "In the Varsity 8 race, we were the only collegiate 8 whose guys were racing for the second time. We understroked the crews ahead of us and really rowed well. The freshmen also did very well beating all Dad Vail crews in their race and only losing to Penn and Navy, so that gives us very good prospects for our Frosh. Overall, it was a really good day."