At the close of its 25th Anniversary Season, The Bowdoin Navy found some racing alchemy that turned the silver commemoration into Gold! On May 5th at the New England Rowing Championships on historic Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA, Bowdoin advanced all 6 of its entries to the Grand Finals and once there, took 4 gold medals.
The Novice Men's Four, with cox Bridgett McCoy '15, stroke Jack Wostrel '15, Chris Breen '15, Nathan Post '15 and Bryce Ervin '15 rowed its fastest time of the season in finishing 6th in the Grand. The Novice Women's Four beat its 8th place seed by finishing 5th under the helm of Ashley Talbot '15, and with stroke Julia O'Keefe '15, Catherine Yochum '15, Amanda Maisel '15 and Helen Mohney '15.
All four of the upper boats moved through the morning heats with confidence and poise, and in the afternoon finals showed determination and patience with big moves in the final stages of the 2000 meter course to claim the gold.
The medal run started with the W2V4 moving through the course ahead of the field in a three way race with Holy Cross and Trinity. Over the last 300 meters coxswain Alex Lynds '15 moved her crew of stroke Anna Westervelt '14, Emily Weinberger '15, Sam Burns '13, and Mary Bryan Barksdale '15 into position for a closing sprint which earned the win in the closest finish of the day, taking the gold with a 2.3 second gap over Holy Cross with Trinity back by 7 seconds in 3rd.
The M2V4 staged a similar finish with a decisive move over the last 200 meters to best rivals Vermont and Amherst by 3 and 4 seconds respectively. Stroke Elliott Munn '12, Scott Mitchell '15, Tom Marcello '12, and Capt. Morgan Andersen '12 took the calls from coxswain Jen Helble '14. For the 3 seniors it was an especially satisfying finish to their season and collegiate careers.
The WV4 gave a characteristically dominant performance leading Connecticut College and Amherst over the course and pulling away in the last 500 meters to beat the Camels by 7.6 and the Jeffs by 8.8 seconds. Bonnie Cao coxed for Capt. and stroke Caroline Ciocca '12, Heather Kinnear '12, Courtney Payne '15, and Katie Ross '14. This win extended a 3 year streak of silver medals at NE's with a 4th year in the Gold!
The last race of the sweep was the MV4. At the starting line, the gold could have gone to any of the three top seeded crews. Christine Buckland '12 had the helm and the calls for stroke Dan Polasky '12, Tucker Colvin '13, Cal Brooks '15, and Mark Endrizzi '15. Behind at the start, the crew moved patiently through the fleet to set up the finish. At 1500 meters Bowdoin put on a perfectly executed drive to the line to beat Wentworth by 3.2 and Vermont by 8.9 seconds.
What better way to finish off the Celebration of The 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Rowing at Bowdoin! From the modest beginnings of modern rowing in 1986, The Bowdoin Navy has become a dominant force in small boat rowing in New England. In 2012 the hard working athletes of the Bowdoin Crew found the secret of turning silver into gold!