Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men's rowing team, which recorded a 7-5 record in varsity-eight dual races and finished fifth against top Eastern competition from all divisions in the Knecht Cup in April, and fourth in the New England Rowing Championship (NERC) Regatta on Saturday, will vie for both the National Invitational Rowing Championship (NIRC) and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) titles in the NIRC Regatta on Sunday, May 8 on Lake Quinisigamond in Worcester, Mass. The Bantams, coached by Kevin MacDermott (10th Season), will have two eights and a four, which won a bronze medal at the NERC Regatta, entered in the event with heats beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
The NESCAC Championship is awarded based on performance by conference schools in the varsity-eight grand final race at the NIRC Regatta, while the overall winner of the NIRC grand final receives a bid to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships in June. Last year, Bates won the varsity-eight grand final race with a time of 5:41.384 to repeat at NESCAC Champions. Trinity and Williams are the only other schools to win NESCAC men's rowing titles with the Bantams winning four conference crowns in a row from 2005 to 2008.
Last weekend at the New England Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond, Williams finished first in the men's point trophy standings with 78.30 points, while Trinity had 51.05 points. Wesleyan narrowly beat out Bates to win the varsity-eight grand final, followed by Williams, Trinity, and Tufts in an incredibly close race that saw the top five crews separated by just 4.2 seconds. Trinity's fourth-place time of 6:12.10 in the grand final at the NERC Regatta was just 1.3 seconds behind third-place Williams, .195 seconds faster than fifth-place Tufts, and just over three seconds behind first-place Wesleyan. Three top boats competing this weekend that were not in the NERC Regatta include Marist, Hobart, Michigan, and NESCAC rival Hamilton.
Trinity is led by tri-captains Abby Hart (Chester, Vt.), at coxswain, Paul Swetz (Waban, MAss.), and Jack Reid (Deerfield, N.H.). They are joined in the young varsity eight by sophomores Nick Filosa (New York, N.Y.), Aidan Lee (Cambridge, Mass.), Nicholas Roll (Pelham Manor, N.Y.), Tyler Somerville (North Salt Lake, Utah), Peter Teel (Cumberland, R.I.), and first-year Tyler Brennan (New Canaan, Conn.). Trinity is currently seeded No. 7 in the NIRC Varsity-Eight race, and No. 12 in the second-varsity-eight race.
This year, the NIRC has a new streaming provider for the races. Below are the instructions to watch the races:
To Get Started:
- Go to locallive.tv
- Click on the "Channels" link at the top right of the page.
- Select US Rowing from the list and click Subscribe.
- Quickly set-up your free account and password.