East Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's varsity eight placed first in its race at the Head of the Riverfront Regatta on Sunday morning to open up the 2015-16 rowing season. The boat recorded a time of 14:39.27, 21 seconds ahead of Coast Guard's varsity eight that finished in second and almost 43 seconds in front of a second Bantam varsity boat that finished third.
Trinity also had three varsity four boats compete on Sunday, finishing first, third, and fifth, respectively, with the first place boat finishing in 16:27.79, to edge out Coast Guard by 0.82 seconds. The Bantams also had an alumni boat and novice boats place in the event.
The day started with the men's team christening their new varsity eight shell dedicated to David O. Wicks, Class of 1963, and honoring the Founders of Trinity Rowing, who revitalized the Mens's Crew Program in 1961 after an 80-year hiatus. The Wicks is the first shell given to the Trinity Men's Rowing Program through the generous gifts of the Founders era rowers. Each of the original Founders made a contribution to purchase the first shell as well as established an endowment to ensure there will be a Founders in the Bouthouse in perpetuity. David Wicks' widow, Joan, memers of the Wicks family, and several of the Founders were on hand for a dedication ceremony preceeding the day's races.
The team heads to Yale next weekend to compete in the Head of the Housatonic River Regatta.