PHILADELPHIA – The Lehigh rowing team wrapped up its best weekend of the fall at the Braxton Regatta on Sunday by finishing near the top of most every race, which included two gold medals. This follows a performance at Saturday’s Frostbite Regatta which included five first-place finishes.
“It was another great day, even better that we were able to go back-to-back days and medal in multiple races,” said head coach Brian Conley. “Any crew that’s able to do that has had a pretty successful weekend.”
Lehigh’s two gold medals came in different flights of the Women’s Open Four. Mountain Hawk boats won both flights two and three with times of 6:02.08 and 6:00.86, respectively. Lehigh’s third entry in that race came in second with a time of 5:51.70, but was the first collegiate boat to finish.
Also finishing second were two entries in the Men’s Open Four, behind times of 5:16.78 and 5:24.90. The second boat was the first collegiate squad to finish, as it came in behind only a crew featuring Georgetown and Temple alums.
Four other Lehigh boats also medaled with third-place finishes. The Men’s Collegiate Freshmen Eight, finished third with a time of 5:02.36, while Lehigh also placed third in the Women’s Collegiate Varsity Eight (5:31.22), Women’s Collegiate Freshmen Four (6:24.80) and Women’s Collegiate Freshmen Eight (5:21.81).
“Overall, it was a fantastic weekend,” said Conley. “We know it’s a stepping stone for what our ultimate goals are for the spring. Now, we’re going to shift our focus to the winter. We’re all very excited where that will lead us.”
Sunday’s race marked the last competition of the fall season for the Mountain Hawks.
“I think we accomplished everything we wanted in the fall,” said Conley. “We went from our first race of being at the bottom of the ranks to our last race of bringing home medals. It’s extremely apparent that the student-athletes are listening, learning and making changes every day. We don’t want to be looking backwards anymore, so we’re [now] looking forward to the winter training and the spring season.”