The UMW Men's and Women's Rowing Teams started their fall racing season with a very good showing at the Occoquan Chase regatta on Sunday, 14 October, at Sandy Run Park, Fairfax Station, VA. Fall racing season consists of long races of approximately 5000 meters, or roughly 3.1 miles. Boats start one at a time, passing through a start line where their start time is recorded, and then crossing a finish line where their finish time is recorded. Boats with the fastest times win the various races.
For the UMW Women, the Frosh/Novice 8+ entry consisting of cox Anna-Kathleen Camper and rowers Clare Driscoll, Maggie Hayes, Alex Voketaitis, Kaycee Smith, Taylor Vineyard, Keelin O'Hara, Jada Webb, and Kuri Benitez finished very strong in second place behind the first entry from Catholic University. The second entry from Catholic University placed third, more than two minutes behind UMW, followed by Virginia Tech in fourth place. The UMW women successfully passed the Virginia Tech entry during this race, giving the UMW ladies a special memory for their first collegiate race.
The UMW Women's varsity 4+ entry consisting of cox Delaney Resweber and rowers Lauren Chartier, Maggie Hayes, Clare Driscoll, and Kiele Marston also finished in second place behind first place Franklin & Marshall, and beating the third place entry which was also from Franklin & Marshall.
The UMW Men's Frosh/Novice 4+ entry consisting of cox Delaney Resweber and rowers Kevin Connolly, Peter Kristensen, Ben Loppacker, and Rory Cameron finished a very close second behind George Mason, losing by just under 18 seconds to the Patriot's winning time of 19:59.06.
The two UMW Men's varsity 8+ entries included several freshmen, some of them rowing for the second time. The men's 8+ race was an open event and included two entries of somewhat older rowers from the Potomac Boat Club. Potomac Boat Club won the race, followed by the first varsity 8+ from George Mason, and then the second Potomac Boat Club entry finished in third place. The top UMW entry consisting of cox Anna-Kathleen Camper and rowers Chris Kostrzewa, Sean Ingraham, Angus Long, Max Radel, Andrew Radel, Nick Belvin, Rory Cameron, and Dan Pan finished in fifth place behind fourth place Virginia Tech, losing to the Hokie entry by just under 45 seconds. Entries from George Mason, Franklin & Marshall, and UMW rounded out the eight-boat race. UMW's second 8+ entry consisted of cox Keely Cervantes, and rowers Ty Michels, John Wray, Kevin Connolly, Alex Dubik, Ryan Beall, Peter Kristensen, Tim Morris, and Corey Staier.
UMW Rowing's next competition will be the Richmond Chase Regatta on Saturday, 27 October, with rowing based out of Richmond's Robius Landing Park.