HOBART OARSMEN ON THE RIVER THAMES.
During a two-week stay in the United Kingdom in June, Hobart raced in the Henley Royal Regatta's Temple Challenge Cup and the Reading Town Regatta, where they made it into the second round of racing before being bested by the University of London, one of the UK's top collegiate rowing programs.
Traveling to Henley were: Andrew Cobb '11, David Grossman '11, Reynaldo Kelly '11, Dillon Nachbar '11, Peter Nettl '11, David Roberts '11, Gerry Samson '11, Max Swagler '11, and Jack Trimble '11 as well as Harald Zurakowski '12 and Coty Burgess '13.
"Having an opportunity to race in Henley was an incredible experience," says Cobb. "Henley is, without a doubt, the most prestigious event in rowing. I couldn't have had this experience at any other college, and I'm so grateful that I was able to row with this team."
In the Henley Royal Regatta, crews raced head-to-head on a 2,112-meter course in a knockout format. The Temple Challenge Cup is for "student eights." The entry list has teams from across the UK as well as Holland, Ireland, Norway, and the United States. In addition to Hobart, representing the U.S. were Cal, Florida Tech, Harvard, Virginia, and Yale.
The Statesmen eight and a pair raced in the Reading Town Regatta, an 800-meter sprint on the Thames, upriver from the Henley course, where they outdeuled an alumni eight composed of Yale and Virginia graduates, but came up short against the Kent School alumni.
First held in 1938, the Henley Royal Regatta is the most renowned regatta in the world. Hobart returned to the field for the first time since 1994.
Members of the Heron Rowing Team stayed on campus to prepare for their second consecutive NCAA Rowing Championship appearance, which took place in Sacramento, Calif. William Smith finished fifth in the Division III Championship at the Sacramento State Aquatics Center. The Heron varsity eight, which came into the championship ranked sixth in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, placed fifth in the grand final.
Kim Goral '13, Liz Hafer '13, Libby Hughes '14, Claire Brown '13, Jess Steketee '13, Lauren Blake-Whitney '14, Tess Wiggins '12, Crary Chandler '11, and Sarah Gordon '13 surged off the line into third place at the start, but were overtaken by Wellesley and Ithaca by the 500-meter mark. The Herons stayed in contact with the Bombers for most of the race, but couldn't improve their standing over the final 1,500 meters. William Smith crossed the finish line in 7:14.04.
The Herons earned a berth in the grand final with third place finishes in their opening heat and the grand qualifier on the first day of the championship.
Also in action on the water in the Golden State, the William Smith second varsity eight included Christine Babcock '11, Christine Reighley '14, Maggie Smith '12, Laura Cappio '13, Alaria Pizzo '11, Katie Paige '14, Sinead Reilly '14, Alyssa Trebilcock '14, and Leila Peraro '13. In the petite qualifier, they put up a valiant fight, holding the fourth and final qualifying spot for most of the race, but Trinity's second varsity eight clipped them at the line to squeeze the Herons out of the championship.
William Smith's fifth place finish in the grand final matches the team's performance at the 2007 championship in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Herons' fifth place team finish is the program's best since a third place showing in 2002.
In June, the Hobart lacrosse team completed an eight-day playing tour in Europe, spending time in both France and Belgium.
Participating in a flags raising ceremony at Omaha Beach, the team played two games in Port-En-Bessin before visiting Bayeux, the first city liberated following the D-Day invasion.
On D-Day, the Statesmen observed the 67th anniversary ceremonies and visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
"The D-Day ceremony was surreal," says Sean Regan '13. "I've read about D-Day in textbooks, but to actually be on Omaha Beach on June 6 was something else. It was an honor to meet some of the veterans and to hear their stories."
The Eldest Statesmen (pictured) won the Grandmasters (50+) title at the 2011 Vail Lacrosse Shootout for the third year running. The Eldest Statesmen were known to have the division's most potent offense, and during the last three Grandmasters Championships, the men have only allowed six goals and have outscored their opponents 34 – 6 in those matchups. The Elder Statesmen competed for the Supermaster (40+) title, losing against C2C Magic Wands in the Championship game.