OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (April 16, 2017) – Rollins men’s rowing just missed out on hardware over the weekend, competing at the 2017 Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
The Tars Varsity 4 of Robinson Koger, Mitchell Laughlin, Marc Bremmer, Cameron Boyd and Nilsen Arias advanced to the grand final and finished fourth overall. The Tars were runners-up in the semifinal, just one second back of Virginia Tech and 18-seconds ahead of Liberty.
In the grand final, the gap between second and fourth was just .4 seconds. Unfortunately, the Tars let the last couple of strokes slip though their fingers. Colorado won after jumping out to a big lead, setting up a battle for second and third. The Tars were second off the line and gradually slipped back to fourth at the 1000-meter mark. Rollins then made the same move it has in the previous two weeks and put them in second – a spot it didn’t look like they would give up.
Virginia Tech, who had barely edge the Tars in the semis, and Virginia could not make up the ground down the stretch. In the last 20-strokes when the Tars needed to be up at 40 or 42 strokes a minute, they hung at 38 and got out-stroked to the line.
“This was a tough loss for the guys,” said Head Coach Shawn Pistor. “To see them battle through what is the toughest part of the race and just not be able to turn the stroke rate over at the end is not easy. It’s not for lack of wanting or ability, we just need to practice it and make a change so it does not happen to us again.
Rollins will close its season May 12-13 at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.