After an outstanding fifth-place showing at the Head of the Charles Regatta Oct. 20, the Cardinals wrapped up the fall season with a win in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. at the Head of the Fish Regatta Sat., Oct. 26. On a cold and windy day, the varsity crew came through again with a very strong row against a formidable headwind. In the Collegiate 8 race, Wesleyan's entry of cox Andie Kleeman '16, and rowers Mike Queenan '17, Ben Record '15, Noah Solomon '14, Chris Nanda '16, Peter Martin '14, Nick Petrillo '14, Sam Factor '14, and Ethan Currie '15 earned the gold medal and the Fish Head trophy by 1.5 seconds over a fast Marist crew. Also in the event were traditional rivals Coast Guard, WPI, UMass, Ithaca and Boston College.
With an additional two entries in the collegiate junior varsity event, the crew of cox Max Dietz '16 and rowers Keegan Dufty '14, Peter Cornillie '15, Colin Mattox '17, Ted Bang '16, Nat Warner '17, Darshdeep Hora '15, Stephen MacNeille '15, Evan Ortiz '16 placed second to Boston College. WPI followed, another 10 seconds back along with Ithaca, Middlebury and Marist. The third boat of cox Jonah Wolfson '17 with rowers Phil Lee '15, Rilwan Babajide '16, Matt Weinsier '16, Sam Giagtzoglou '16, Cesar DeLara '15, Julian Weiss '16, Charlie Martin 16, and Mehmet Bilginsoy '16 had a strong performance placing 7th of the 12 crews in the JV race.
Wesleyan's novice crew rowed the first race of their career, finishing well at 15th place of the 36 entries. This crew of cox Griffin Deary' 17 with rowers Thad Brown '17 , Jonah Wolfson '17, Zach Rauschenbach '16, Lars Berg '16, JD Schink '17 , Connor Schon '16, Dean Sterrett '17, and Fred Ayres '17 raced a good race, and will add some depth to the varsity crews as the team moves into its spring mode.
"All in all, we have had a great time this fall at the boathouse," said head Coach Phil Carney. "Great focus, excellent practices and good performances at all our head races shows that we have the potential to compete for the medal dock at the New England Championships. The hardest work lies ahead, and a big winter is critical for us to move toward those spring goals. Great work so far by the squad."
(photo by Arya Alizadeh '13)