Men's Rowing Turns Attention to IRCA Bid after Strong Showing at NIRCs

Varsity Eight - WPI Men's Rowing 2023

WORCESTER -- WPI men's rowing closed out the Lake Quinsigamond portion of its 2022-23 schedule on Friday, taking part in the National Invitational Rowing Championship held Friday in search of securing its spot in June's IRCA Division III National Championships in New Jersey. 

On a day that saw significantly faster times in the afternoon finals than in the morning heats, the varsity eight turned in third-place performances in both its prelim (6:22.180) and petite final (6:01.924).   In the morning WPI trailed MIT (6:10.172) and Tufts (6:15.732) and bested Marist (6:25.802), RIT (6:37.054), and Skidmore (6:54.077) while Bates took the petite final in a time of 5:56.288 with Hobart (5:58.696) second, Marist (6:06.317) fourth, Ithaca (6:06.317) fifth and Hamilton (6:06.321) sixth. 

The second varsity eight also advanced to its petite final.  The Engineers reached the final buoys in 6:27.828 in its heat, quicker than Marist (6:33.328) and Ithaca (6:39.464) but behind Trinity (6:20.042), Michigan (6:26.190), and Hobart (6:26.190).  In the afternoon, the Boynton Hillers were second, just over two seconds behind Tufts (6:04.505 to 6:06.881) but ahead of Ithaca (6:08.039), Marist (6:11.133), Hamilton (6:26.602) and RIT (6:35.354). 

The third varsity eight reached the grand finals in their final appearance of the season. The Engineers clocked a time of 6:35.792 in the morning heat to finish third before placing sixth in the grand final in a time of 6:12.056.  Williams won the grand final by reaching the finish line in 6:00.560. 

WPI awaits word on a possible selection to the IRCA Division III National Championships. Participants will be revealed next week with the championship scheduled for Friday, June 2nd, and Saturday, June 3rd, on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey. 

Varsity Eight
Ian Wright (Belmont, MA) - Coxswain
Emerson Shatouhy (Ringwood, NY)
Tommy O'Sullivan (Purchase, NY)
William Bazakas-Chamberlain (Belmont, MA)
Patrick Flanigan (Tiverton, RI)
Daniel Tengdin (Hanover, NH)
Wynn Roberts (Pittsford, NY)
Bradley Sprunger (Kingston, MA)
Ari Schecter (New York, NY) 

Second Varsity Eight
Julia Farnum (Auburn, NH) - Coxswain
Isaac Levine (Weston, MA)
Alexander Rickards (Andover, MA)
Trajen Masner (Oneida, NY)
Jacob Christensen (Bend, OR)
Henry Wagg (Portland, ME)
Kellen Lane (Barrington, RI)
Nick Carignan (Litchfield, NH)
Shane Donahue (Otis, MA) 

Third Varsity Eight
Hannah Peloquin (Rutland, MA) - Coxswain
Samay Govani (South Windsor, CT)
Martin Wadzinski (Wilbraham, MA)
Nicholas Manz (Southboro, MA)
Aidan Carter-Frem (Northboro, MA)
Remington Janssen (Redwood City, CA)
Alex Sheehey (Arlington, VA)
Treavor Weeden (Hopkinton, MA)
Max Gosselin (Richmond, VT)

Fourth Varsity Eight
Christian Varela (Yorktown Heights, NY) - Coxswain
Andrew Roush (Austin, TX)
Blake Mcleod (Ledyard, CT)
Kai Davidson (Media, PA)
Samuel Dickens (Chester, NJ)
Tristin Youtz (Woodbridge, VA)
Robert Gunduz (Bronxville, NY)
Neil Kale (Westboro, MA)
Akhi Yarlagadda (Tyngsboro, MA)