Leekley Named Coach of the Year, Three Shoremen Named All-Conference, Two Named Academic All-Conference
LEWISBERRY, Pa. -- The Washington College men's rowing team won its third consecutive conference championship and fifth in the past six years by claiming the overall points trophy at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships today at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry, Pa. The point-scoring events were the men's first and second varsity eights and men's varsity four with points awarded only to MARC member schools.
The Shoremen won the first varsity eight in 6:14.31, edging Marietta, which finished in 6:14.62. Mary Washington was third in 6:36.25, New York Maritime fourth in 6:40.13, Franklin & Marshall fifth in 6:47.97, and Binghamton sixth in 6:51.58.
Washington's second varsity eight won its race in 6:29.4, followed by Marietta in second in 6:36.25 and New York Maritime in third in 6:52.71.
The Shoremen's varsity four was second of four boats in its heat in 7:16.44 to advance to the petite final. Haverford won the heat in 7:11.0, Stony Brook was third in 7:34.78, and St. Mary's was fourth in 8:03.19. Washington won the petite final in 7:26.2, followed by Stony Brook in second in 7:33.58, St. Mary's in third in 7:39.64, Rutgers-Camden in fourth in 7:50.48, and Scranton "A" in fifth in 8:16.2. The Shoremen were the second-highest finishing MARC school in the event behind Stockton, which was fourth in the grand final.
The Shoremen's novice four was third in its heat in 7:38.44 to advance to the final. New York Maritime won the heat in 7:30.1, Franklin & Marshall was second in 7:37.82, Haverford fourth in 7:44.25, The College of New Jersey fifth in 7:51.97, and Susquehanna sixth in 7:57.97. They were then also third in the final in 7:43.27. New York Maritime won the final in 7:21.8. Franklin & Marshall took second in 7:39.84, Haverford placed fourth in 7:45.7, Cleveland State was fifth in 7:47.0, and Mary Washington was sixth in 7:48.2.
Junior John Gould (Litchfield, Conn./The Gunnery) was the coxswain of the Shoremen's first varsity eight. Sophomore Zee Ali (Galloway, N.J./Absegami) sat stroke, junior Ryan Miranda (Farmington, Conn./Farmington) was in the seven seat, sophomore Teddy Connell (Chadds Ford, Pa./Unionville) was in the six seat, sophomore Stuart Grosvenor (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery) sat in the five seat, senior Jack Christ (Hydes, Md./Jemicy Upper School) was in the four seat, freshman Joe Stockburger (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) sat in the three seat, freshman Chris Eggstein (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield Memorial) was in the two seat, and junior Mark Boissonneault (Bowie, Md./DeMatha) was the bow.
Freshman Tori Swanson (Wilmington, Del./Charter School of WIlmington) was the coxswain of the Shoremen's second varsity eight. Sophomore Alexander Blue (Haddon Township, N.J./Haddon Township) sat stroke, junior Nathaniel Giblin (Cazenovia, N.Y./St. Johnsbury Academy [Vt.]) was in the seven seat, junior Ian Briggs (Huntsville, Ala./The Gow School [N.Y.]) sat in the six seat, freshman Jeffrey Wrobel (Henrico, Va./home school) was in the five seat, junior Sean Haynie (Hampstead, Md./Calvert Hall) was in the four seat, freshman Samson Ramasamy (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) sat in the three seat, junior T. Ian Flinn (Marlton, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep) sat in the two seat, and senior Ben Sproule (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) was the bow.
Sophomore Isabelle Ryan (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) was the coxswain of the Shoremen's varsity four. Freshman Ethan LaLumia (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) sat stroke, Joey Erlandson (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) sat in the three seat, freshman Toby Puleo (Trumansburg, N.Y./Charles O. Dickerson) was in the two seat, and freshman Santiago Andrade (Belleville, N.J./Belleville) was the bow.
Freshman Kelly Valette (Springfield, Va./Lake Braddock) was the coxswain of the Shoremen's novice four. Sophomore Daniel Benton (Dover, Pa./Dover) sat stroke, freshman Anders Larson (Waterville, N.Y./Waterville) was in the three seat, freshman Tommy Heffernan (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) sat in the two seat, and freshman Brandon Toth (Catonsville, Md./Mount St. Joseph) was the bow.
The 2015 MARC awards were presented following the regatta. Washington College head coach John Leekley was named the conference's Coach of the Year for the fifth time in seven year. Miranda and Ali represented the Shoremen on the All-MARC varsity team, while Stockburger was named All-MARC novice. Miranda was named to the All-MARC varsity team for the second time; he previously earned All-MARC novice honors in 2013. Ali earned varsity honors after landing on the novice team last year.
Haynie and Ryan each qualified for MARC Academic All-Conference honors, which are limited to student-athletes in at least their second year of eligibility with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 and who have competed in 75% of their team's varsity competitions and/or in the MARC Championships. Haynie qualified for the distinction for the second year in a row, while Ryan earned the honor for the first time.
The Shoremen return to action May 10th at the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships in Worcester, Mass.