Lehigh enjoys success and gains valuable experience at the helm of Housatonic
SHELTON, Connecticut – The Lehigh rowing team entered their second fall race on Saturday and celebrated success amid a strong team at the helm of Housatonic. The Mountain Hawks were led by their Varsity Eights, with the men finishing sixth while the women finishing seventh.
“It was great to be back at an autumn regatta,” said the Lehigh head coach Brian Conley. “We haven’t been able to do that for a long time. I think it really adds to the newbie’s experience having your first chance to run a circuit alongside high-performing teams you keep hearing about, like Yale and Brown. The University of Washington was here. The Army was here, Boston University. It was really great to have our athletes compete against each other [such strong crews] so early in the season. “
Lehigh’s first start was in the Women’s Eights when the Mountain Hawks’ Varsity Eight finished seventh out of 25 crews with a time of 16: 02.0. Also competing was Lehigh’s “B” crew (who finished in 17: 27.2) and her “C” crew (who finished in 19: 03.4). The Men’s Varsity Eight of the Mountain Hawks meanwhile finished sixth overall out of 20 teams in the Men’s Eights. Lehigh had a “B” boat finish in 17: 13.9, good for 14th place.
“The Varsity Eights were probably the best cast of the day,” said Conley. “They just had a race to the next level and I liked seeing that from our top crews because it makes everyone strive to be in these boats. It just makes us all a lot better.”
The Mountain Hawks’ other entries on Saturday were in the women’s and men’s fours. Lehigh took eighth place out of 13 crews in the women (with a time of 18: 37.7), while the Mountain Hawks took 10th place out of 15 crews in the men (with a time of 18: 21.8).
“I’m excited to see where the team is going,” said Conley. “What I saw today showed a level of desire that I was hoping for this year. Since the team’s goals are very high to win the Patriot League Championship and the MARC (Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference), they are trying to doing well here. ” was very critical and I think we did. “
The Mountain Hawks will be back in action later this month on Saturday October 30th at the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia
“The more important part now is the next few weeks of training before our next race and seeing if we can widen the gaps with the crews behind us and close the gaps with the crews in front of us,” said Conley. “If we can do that, then we are definitely going in the right direction.”
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Coach Conley checked in after today’s Head of the Housatonic and shared his thoughts on today’s great day on the water! pic.twitter.com/rIJChAumU7
– Lehigh Rowing (@LehighRowing) October 9, 2021
For the full results from the Head of the Housatonic, please click here.
10:15 a.m. – women eighth (3 entries)
(from 25 finishing crews)
7. Lehigh A- 16:02.0
21. Lehigh B- 17:27.2
25. Lehigh C – 19: 03.4
11:45 a.m. – men eighth (2 entries)
(from 20 finishing crews)
6. Lehigh A – 15: 04.6
14. Lehigh B – 17: 13.9
2:05 p.m. – Women’s Fours (1 entry)
(from 13 finishing crews)
8. Lehigh- 18: 37.7
3:15 p.m. – men’s foursome (1 entry)
(from 15 finishing crews)
10. Lehigh- 18:21.8