Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College men's rowing alum John Graves '10 won the second and third legs of the U.S. Lotman Challenge in the championship single at the Head of the Charles two weekends ago and the the Gold Cup Regatta in New Jersey last weekend, as he continues to star on the water against the toughest competition. Graves had taken the men's senior sculls title in the 2019 USRowing National Championships and finished fourth in his heat and his repechage with the quadruple sculls at the World Rowing Championships in the summer, while current Bantam senior captain Jack Reid (Deerfield, N.H.) competed in the U23 World Championships for Team USA. The 2019 USRowing Nationals took place on Harsha Lake in Bethel, Ohio in July and the World Rowing Championships were in Linz Austria, while the World Rowing Under 23 Championships were July 24 to 28 in Sarasota, Fla. Reid was a member of the United States quadruple sculls that finished fourth in its heat and its repechage in Florida.
Graves, a captain of both the men's rowing team and men's soccer team, was awarded the coveted McCook Award in 2010 as the College's top male athlete after being selected to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference team in both sports. On the water, Graves helped Trinity to five major rowing championships in four years, and to a Temple Cup Finals appearance at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2008. Graves earned the Torch Award as the top contributor to the Bantam crews in 2010, and the David Wicks Award (Most outstanding first-year oarsman) in 2007. Ried was named to the All-NESCAC First Team this spring while leading Trinity to a runner-up finish in the league championships.
The Bantams, led by Head Coach Kevin MacDermott (10th season), posted a 7-5 record in varsity-eight dual races and finished fourth at the New England Rowing Championships (NERC) Regatta and sixth (2nd among NESCAC schools) at the NIRC Regatta in 2019. Trinity completed a fantastic fall season last weekend with the Wormtown Chase that saw both its novice boats win races. The Bantams were also the fastest NESCAC school in the collegiate race at the Head of the Charles on October 21.
U.S. Lotman Challenge information