April 14, 2007
CAMDEN, N.J - The Holy Cross men's and women's rowing teams competed for the Knetch Cup on Saturday, April 14, on the Cooper River, where they raced against over 50 other schools from across the country. This Crusaders came back home with lots of hardware, winning two gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal.
The two day event was condensed so that the entire regatta could take place on Saturday due to the expected bad weather conditions for Sunday. On Saturday, the weather continually improved throughout the day. In the morning, the rowers faced cold temperatures with a cross tailwind and a light chop in the water. By the evening, it was warmer with almost no wind and perfect water conditions.
The men's varsity eight boat competed in the second heat against Georgia Tech, Loyola, John's Hopkins and Dowling. The Crusaders were first to cross the finish line in their heat, completing the race in 6:11.3, which sent them to the Grand Final race. In this event, Temple was first with a time of 5:55.1 and Marist was close behind at 5:55.4. Holy Cross came in third place at 5:59.6 while Colgate, Hobart, and Georgia Tech followed. The Crusaders finished third out of 15 teams in the men's varsity eight. The men's second varsity eight finished first place overall with a time of 6:14.0, coming in half a second before Temple, who completed the race in 6:14.5. Marist, Colgate, Hobart, and Maryland rounded out the six school race. The men's novice eight boat also came home with a first place finish out of 17 teams. In the second heat, Holy Cross dominated with a time of 6:25.2, which led them to the Grand Final race where they ended at 6:18.8 over Hobart, UNC, Lehigh, Lafayette, and Temple.
As for the women, the Holy Cross varsity eight boat finished fourth in heat five with a time of 7:08.9 and sixth in the second semi, which put them into the third-level final race. Southern Methodist finished first, followed by Villanova and Drexel. Holthy Cross came in fourth place with a time of 7:18.2, and finished 16 out of 29 boats overall. The women's second varsity eight boat finished second behind Tulsa in the second heat in 7:11.6, putting them in the Grand Final race. URI was first to cross the finish line at 7:00.4 and Holy Cross was seconds behind at 7:08.7. Tulsa, Kansas, Dayton, and Delaware rounded out the Grand Final. The Crusaders finished second of 15 overall. The women's varsity four competed in the fifth heat, finishing 17th out of 25 overall with a time of 8:44.3, behind Penn State, Gonzaga, Lafayette, and Boston College.
The Crusaders were extremely successful overall on Saturday. The men's rowing team returns to the water on Saturday, April 28, to host Northeastern and Rutgers. The women's team is hosting Connecticut College, Tufts, Ithaca, and Colby on Saturday, April 21, in Worcester.