The scholastic rowing season got underway on Sunday with the John Bennett Regatta at the West Side Rowing Club in Buffalo. A couple of traditional powers did well, with plenty of victories to go around.
St. Joe’s won a pair of races, as did arch-rival Canisius. Steel City Rowing from outside of Pittsburgh also picked up a pair of wins. On the women’s side, the West Side Rowing Club earned a pair of firsts.
The Marauders finished first in the Men’s Lightweight Fours (5 minutes, 15 seconds), placing ahead of a West Side crew, and the Men’s Novice Four, beating out Canisius and Nichols. Canisius took the Men’s Varsity Fours (5:01.1), finishing a few seconds ahead of St. Joe’s and Nichols, and the Men’s Novice Eights, defeating St. Joe’s by almost 14 seconds.
Steel City was the winner of the Men’s Varsity Fours, with Canisius in third. It also came in first in the Men’s Varsity Pair. Upper Canada College was the winner of the day’s final event, the Men’s Varsity Eights, finishing in 4:53.3. St. Joe’ s was second while Nichols was fourth.
In women’s events, the West Side RC team captured the Women’s Novice Eight (5:45.6), ahead of Nardin. That squad also took the Women’s Lightweight Eights (5:19.0). Havergal A of Toronto (5:26.7) defeated Nardin and Mount Saint Mary in Varsity Eights. City Honors claimed a first-place in the Women’s Novice Fours (6:22.6), good for a 12-second edge on Nardin. Branksome Hall A of Toronto (6:03.3) beat out Nichols and City Honors in the Lightweight Fours.
Branksom Hall A of Toronto earned a first in the Women’s Varsity 4+ (6:04.0), coming in ahead of Nardin and Mount St. Mary’s.
Some Junior Varsity events were also staged. In women’s races, Nichols won the JV Fours, with Nardin coming in fourth. Nardin finished second, six seconds behind Branksome Hall, in the women’s JV Eights.
On the men’s side, Canisius was two seconds ahead of St. Joe’s in the JV Fours. Upper Canada College A was ahead of both St. Joe’s and Canisius.
Twenty-six teams took part in the annual regatta. It was a good day for racing in the Black Rock Canal, as winds were calm.