Men's Rowing Wins Four Medals at New England Rowing Championships

John Morrissey

Worcester, MA --- It was an historic day for the WPI men's rowing program on Saturday as the Engineers earned four medals in five events at the New England Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond.  The varsity eight and the second varsity eight both captured silvers while the third varsity eight and the novice four brought home bronzes. 

Those strong finishes helped WPI to a impressive third place finish for the men's point trophy and a combined fourth overall with the women for the overall point trophy.

The varsity eight comprised of John Morrissey (New Milford, CT), Matt Foley (Pepperell, MA), Kendall Cotton (Harvard, MA), Alex Barat (Franklin Park, NJ), Gary Jackson (Hopedale, MA), Joe Sperry (Northampton, MA), Keegan Cole (Spencer, MA), Nick Van Sciver (Wayland, MA), and coxswain Mitra Marvasti-Sitterly (Glastonbury, CT) posted a time of 6:11.049 to give 15th year head coach Larry Noble his first silver medal in the marquee event.   The Engineers extracted some revenge in the afternoon finals, edging third place Boston College (who had beaten WPI last weekend) by just 6 tenths of a second and fourth place Trinity (who had defeated the Crimson and Gray in a morning heat) by nearly three seconds.  The grand final was a highly competitive race as just over eight seconds separated all six boats.   

The second varsity eight made up of Norm Harris (Gilford, NH), Nick Cebry (Bedford, MA), Michael Beinor (Sutton, MA), Matt Deptula (Budd Lake, NJ), Brede Doerner (Branford, CT), Dean Schifilliti (Ossining, NY), Danny Singer (Eldersburg, MD), Jackson Krupnick (Asheville, NC) and coxswain Kelsey Regan (Winchedon, MA) has a great afternoon row, hitting the finish line in a time 6:22.549, a quarter second ahead of third place Wesleyan.  It marked an impressive improvement for WPI as it finished third in its morning heat and shaved nearly 17 seconds off its time in the grand final. 

The third varsity eight made up of Zach Gendreau (Galesville, WI), Paul Esteve (Colchester, CT), Keegan Train (Excelsior, MN), Chris Sample (Groveland, MA), Ryan Killea (Hillsborough, CA), Dan Seaman (Claremont, NH), Scott Cazier (Wheat Ridge, CO), Jack Perry (Londonderry, NH) and coxswain Robyn Quartararo (Smithtown, NH) nearly added a silver of its own.  The Engineers finished a half second behind second place Trinity (6:34.544 to 6:35.063). 

The novice four of Tony DiBiasio (Manchester, NH), Paul Danielson (Niskayuna, NY), Joe Lidwin (Chintilly, VA), Victor Vazquez (Lynn, MA), and coxswain John Lomi (Coventry, RI) got in to the medal act by winning its morning heat (7:39.140) and then crossing the line third (7:35.177) in the afternoon.   Finally the second varsity four composed of Kyle Bessette (Chatham, MA), Matthew Ryder (Lebanon, NH), Bobby Ronacher (Dunedin, FL), Jason Zhao (Qinhuangdao, China) and coxswain Oliva Perry (Canton, MA) tasted victory by capturing the petite final in a time of 7:51.700, over 11 seconds better than its morning time. 

Men's Rowing competes a week from Sunday on May 11th at the ECAC National Invitational on Lake Quinsigamond.