Men’s Rowing Ties For 15th At Eastern Sprints

Nick Forgione

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross men's rowing team tied for 15th out of 18 teams at the 2013 Eastern Sprints on Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond. Harvard and Brown tied for first for the team title with 38 points, but the Crimson won the varsity eight competition to win the tiebreaker and earn the Rowe Cup.

The varsity eight was fifth in its heat out of six boats with a time of 6:27.065. Brown won the heat with a time of 6:03.361. The Crusaders then placed third in the third level final with a time of 6:25.842.

The second varsity eight placed fifth in its heat out of six boats with a time 6:32.006. Harvard was first in the heat with a time of 6:12.432. The Crusaders then won the third level final out of five boats with a time of 6:31.861.

The third varsity eight placed fifth in its heat out of five boats with a time of 6:32.222. Princeton won the heat with a time of 6:04.431.

The fourth varsity eight placed fifth in the grand finals out of six teams with a time of 6:58.113.

"Coming into Sprints, our goal was to be racing at our fastest with all our boats," said head coach Todd Pearson. "We definitely accomplished this goal and I'm really proud of how hard the guys raced. I'm particularly pleased with the second varsity eight, who won the third level final and in so doing beat a Dartmouth crew that they had lost to earlier in the year. Similarly, the varsity eight made up a considerable amount of time on several boats and avenged a regular season loss to George Washington. We now turn our sites to the IRA National Championship, where we will be fielding a more complete crew than we've had in several years. We'll be looking to continue to build momentum into the IRAs and finish the season on a high note."

The Crusaders will conclude the season at the IRA National Championship (May 31-June 2) on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

Holy Cross Varsity Eight: Michael Fitzgerald (coxswain), Paul Gaffney, Anthony Curro, Sam Poryanda, Connor Dilworth, Peter Prominski, John Burke, Jordan Traub, Pat Rapuano.  

Holy Cross Second Varsity Eight: J.T. Kearney (coxswain), Nicholas Powers, Kevin Moran, Andrew McNamara, Mike Walker, Andrew Cecchetti, Connor May, Henry Van Damme, Nick Forgione.   

Holy Cross Third Varsity Eight: Christian Brooks (coxswain), Tiarnan Doherty, Sam Shaw, T.J. Watts, Joe Nolan, Brian Sullivan, Casey Norton, Jon Bachmann, Mike Lindsay.   

Holy Cross Fourth Varsity Eight: John Gentile (coxswain), Brian Clark, J.D. Power, Danny Mitchell, Kyle Larkin, Will Callif, Mike Held, Nick Whalen, Ryan Hallisey.