Smooth Sailing at Spring Metropolitan Championship for Rowing


Fordham dominated the weekend. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

After a successful showing at the Knecht Cup, the Fordham rowing team had their “home” regatta this past Saturday in Glen Island, N.Y. It was a near-perfect performance for the team, with all of the Varsity boats taking home a first-place finish in each of their respective competitions.

The day started off with the Novice 4+ winning their heat with a time of 7:50:14. The final for that race was unfortunately canceled due to poor weather later in the day. With results then being based on heat time, the boat took third place, the lone non-top finish of the day.

Both Varsity 4+ shells coasted to victory in each of their first heats. The First Varsity 4 won by about 30 seconds ahead of Iona with a time of 5:24.66. The Second Varsity 4 took care of their heat by beating Stony Brook by 13 seconds and finishing in 5:26.73. In the Varsity 4 final the two sculls continued their dominance, with the First Varsity 4 winning the race followed by the Second Varsity 4 coming in second. The winning time for the First was 5:24.943, more than 15 seconds faster than the Rams’ Second shell.

The Second Varsity boats continued the successful day by securing two of the top three spots in their final race. The winning crew finished the race in 6:57.86, while Fordham’s other top-three finish came in third after completing in 7:37.64.

In the other Varsity 8 final the Ram boat took home another first-place finish, cruising by the other boats with a time of 6:46.690, 14 seconds in front of second-place Sacred Heart. This finished off the sweep for the Varsity shells and completed a very successful weekend for the Fordham Rowing team.

Fordham will return to the water this coming weekend in Shelton, C.T., at Beacon Point Marine, hoping to bring home more first-place finishes. They will be facing Sacred Heart, Bryant, Monmouth and Fairfield in the last regatta before the A-10 championship.