OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (April 20, 2019) – Both Rollins entries into the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships medaled, highlighting a successful trip to Tennessee for the Tars.
After posting the times need to race on Saturday, the Novice 4 (Mia McKay, Tim Edwards, .Cameron Harris, Jose Fernandez, Jack Wheeler) still had to make their way through the semis to race in the grand finals. The Tars boat beat Georgia Tech in the qualifying race and earned a middle lane in the Grand Final. Off the line in that race, Vanderbilt jumped to an early lead with Rollins on their heels and GT just behind the Tars. The pace proved to be just a little too fast for the Rollins crew as through the 1300m point, Georgia Tech was able to nudge ahead and push Rollins from second to third. Though disappointed in not being able to hang on to second place, the bronze medal is still a great finish over the field of 17 boats.
Connor Stolp and Cameron Boyd competed in the pair race. The duo had posted the fastest time in the time trials, backed that time up with a championship at this year's Regatta. Rollins, Georgia and Auburn all shot off the line together leaving the rest of the pack behind. Through the 500m buoys it was still a very tight race. Rollins put the hammer down and opened up a half boat lead over the next 15 strokes. From there on, Stolp and Boyd were in control of the race seeing the other crews just off their stern. Georgia and Auburn made moves to work their way back into Rollins, but they were not going to let SIRA slip away. In the end, the Tars boat crossed the line six seconds ahead of Georgia and 18 seconds ahead of Auburn.
Rollins will be taking the Novice 4 and the pair to Dad Vails in Philadelphia on May 9-11 for their final race of the 2019 spring season.