First Home Event a Success for Men's Rowing in Scrimmage Against Case Western Reserve

The men's varsity 8+ defeated Case Western Reserve by 16 seconds in a scrimmage during Adrian's first home event at Devils Lake. (Action photo by Hollie Smith)
The men's varsity 8+ defeated Case Western Reserve by 16 seconds in a scrimmage during Adrian's first home event at Devils Lake. (Action photo by Hollie Smith)

MANITOU BEACH, Mich.--In its first home event at Devils Lake, the Adrian College men's rowing team celebrated with three victories in four events against visiting Case Western Reserve University in a scrimmage on Saturday.

The course was 3,500 meters, with the exception of the last race which was shortened to 2,800m due to low-light conditions.

“I’m pleased with the results as our guys represented themselves well against what was a quality opponent in CWRU,” Adrian first-year head coach Bart Thompson said on his squad's very strong weekend of racing in the Bulldogs' inaugural home race.

In the first event of the day, the men’s novice 4+ of freshman Ethan Powell (coxswain), sophomore Mark Henderson, freshman Ryan Boyd, junior Michael Phillips and freshman David Swegles finished behind the crew from Case Western in a time of 14 minutes and 30 seconds.

“For a boat that has only gone out to practice that lineup once I thought our guys rowed pretty well,” said Thompson. “Obviously, you’d always love to get the victory, but we understand that a lack of practice time as a crew contributed to their result."

In the men’s varsity 8+, the Bulldogs emerged victorious by 16 seconds. The crew’s freshmen lineup Emily Cahill (coxswain), Evan Purcell, Niko Hays, Lance Berry, Mitch Doyle, Aidan Moran, Rudy Schork, Chris Yaklic and Victor Thacker. (Due to a timing error, the total time was not recorded.) 

“Our top boat came out and delivered on their potential," Thompson said. "I thought the guys rowed a very clean, connected race, and they earned a well-deserved win.”

In the men’s novice 8+, Powell (coxswain), Boyd, freshman Darren Castello, Henderson, Phillips, Swegles, freshman Jake Witt, sophomore Alex McNamara and freshman Gio Esquivel took home the win in a closely-contested race that saw Adrian College win by 10 seconds, 12:54 to 13:04.

“Credit to Coach Cory Conzemius for his work with these guys,” Thompson remarked. “They have continued to improve as a crew and won a hard-fought race today. I loved the passion and dedication that this group showed.”

In the final event of the day after the men’s first varsity 4+ was scratched due to low-light conditions, the men’s second varsity 4+ won what was by far the closest race of the day as the Bulldogs beat Case Western by one foot. Both teams recorded a time of 10:20. The crew of Cahill (coxswain), Austin Pettry, Julian Cantu-Salinas, Powell and Esquivel were behind heading into the final turn, but were able to pull level and take the victory.

Coach Thompson was proud of the crew, stating, “As the guys entered the final turn they were down a length—an amount that would normally be too much to overcome. Credit to their coxswain Emily Cahill for taking a great line in the final corner and driving the guys to dig deeper in the final sprint, and to the guys themselves for fighting back to take such an incredibly close race.”

The Bulldogs are now off for the coming weekend, before heading down to Marietta, Ohio, on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the Muskie Chase. The team will then come back and promptly race the next day against the University of Michigan and the University of Notre Dame in an exhibition on Sunday at Devils Lake. 

  • Men’s Novice 4+: Case Western 14:06, Adrian 14:30
  • Men’s Varsity 8+: Adrian College wins by 16 seconds (error in total time)
  • Men’s Novice 8+: Adrian College 12:54, Case Western 13:04
  • Men’s 1st Varsity 4+: scratched due to low-light conditions
  • Men’s 2nd Varsity 4+: Adrian College 10:20, Case Western 10:20 (Adrian wins by 1 foot)
    • Note: This final race was shortened due to low-light conditions

Case Western was added to the Adrian schedule after the Oct. 14 Head of the Rock Regatta in Rockford, Ill., was canceled due to flooding in the area.

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