Men's Rowing Hosts 2007 Eastern Sprints Regatta

May 13, 2007


Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's rowing team hosted the 2007 Eastern Sprints Regatta on Lake Quinsigamond on Sunday, May 13. Eighteen of the best teams in the country competed in the Crusaders final home event of the year.

Holy Cross raced in the third heat for the varsity eight event and came in sixth place with a time of 5:50.312. Ahead of the Crusaders were Brown at 5:35.474, Princeton at 5:39.940, Northeastern at 5:42.184, Pennsylvania at 5:43.739 and George Washington at 5:49.254. This finish put Holy Cross in the third-level final, where they finished second with a time of 5:43.217, which was very close behind Georgetown who finished at 5:43.070. Columbia (5:44.223), Dartmouth (5:46.266), Rutgers (5:48.559) and MIT (5:51.0) rounded out the race.

The second varsity eight competed in the second heat and finished fifth at 6:01.085. Harvard led the way at 5:44.283, followed by Georgetown (5:49.470), Navy (5:50.760) and Pennsylvania (5:53.592). The Crusaders then went on to finish third in the third-level final race. Boston University came in first with a time of 5:57.320. George Washington was second at 6:01.600, with Holy Cross right behind at 6:01.855, only 10ths of a second behind. Dartmouth closed out the race at 6:12.874.

The third varsity eight came in fifth place in the first heat. Harvard was first at 5:51.182 and Yale (5:52.909), Cornell (5:58.755), and Georgetown (6:02.409) followed behind. Holy Cross rounded out the event at 6:05.567.

The freshman eight boat raced in the first heat and finished in fifth place with a time of 5:56.880. Harvard was first at 5:44.679, followed by Boston University at 5:48.420, Columbia at 5:50.272, and Syracuse at 5:56.565. MIT came in sixth place with a time of 6:16.896. In the third-level final race, Holy Cross placed third at 5:58.929, behind George Washington at 5:53.882 and Rutgers at 5:56.228. Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, and MIT followed the Crusaders with times of 6:00.490, 6:00.623, and 6:15.623, respectively.

The Crusaders came in fourth place in the first heat of the second freshman eight race with a time of 6:32.858. Harvard led the pack at 5:58.831, followed by Navy at 6:03.876 and Yale at 6:09.950.

The Holy Cross men's rowing team returns to the water on May 31 for the IRA National Rowing Championship, which is a three day tournament, in Camden, New Jersey.