Henley-on-Thames, England --- Men's Rowing's Varsity Eight qualified for the Temple Challenge Cup at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta while the freshman four won their event at the Reading Town Regatta this past week.
The Varsity Eight came up two lengths short Wednesday morning versus Santa Clara at the Henley and finished one length behind Winchester College and two behind Riverside Saturday at Reading.
A WPI eight and Santa Clara were in the semifinals of the earlier regatta along with Winchester College. WPI topped Tufts by a 2 ¼ lengths and Kings College (AUS) by a quarter length while Winchester was better than Colgate and Bucknell while Santa Clara was quicker than Riverside and Williams in the initial race.
The rookies were one of two WPI entries in the senior coxed fours. They took down Williams before edging Colgate by a canvas and enjoyed another three lengths over Riverside, who was 1 ½ lengths quicker than the other Engineer crew, in the semifinal.
In the intermediate coxless pairs, assistant coach James MacDonald '12 and Scott Caizer '17 reached the finals where they were matched with a Kings College (AUS) crew that won each of their races by at least three lengths. The duo easily handled Gonzaga and then won by 2 ½ lengths over Reading to reach the title race.
Varsity Eight (WATCH)
Kelsey Regan (Winchendon, MA) - Coxswain
Nathan Pietrowicz (Worcester, MA)
Jackson Krupnick (Ashville, NC)
Michael Beinor (Sutton, MA)
Jeremy Hemingway (Westford, MA)
Michael Eaton (Exeter, NH)
Frank Campanelli (Avon, CT)
Danny Singer (Eldersburg, MD)
Dean Schifilliti (Ossining, NY)
Reading Senior Four (Freshman Four)