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Canisius eights claim state titles

Canisius displayed the dominance and depth of its rowing during an eventful weekend for local crews at this weekend's New York State Scholastic Rowing Association championships.

Canisius' eights were a force on Fish Creek as the Crusaders won three gold medals, including its senior eight, second eight and novice eight. The senior eight beat Chaminade of Long Island by nearly a boat-length (2.14 seconds). Its second eight won in 5:05.80, a time which would have been fourth-best in the senior eight final. In Canisius' senior eight were: Mike Hamp, Mark Hirschbeck, A.J. Karas, Reid Yankowski, Peter Mangan, Nick Danyluk, Jack Sardinia, Sam Hausmann and coxswain Nick Breeser.

The senior four was won by West Side Rowing Club, a team consisting of athletes from different schools. The crew of J.P. Scaduto (Kenmore West), Julien Green (Hutch-Tech), Brett Lawhon (Amherst), Dalton Weir (Canisius) and coxswain Emily Brucks (Kenmore West) held off defending champion Saratoga by 0.24 seconds. St. Joe's won the lightweight four in 5:37.28, 0.48 seconds ahead of Manhasset of Long Island. It also won the freshman four.

Timon's newly resurrected program won its first state title as its boys novice four finished in 6:10.30, more than 38 seconds ahead of runner-up Nichols.