Canisius High School rowers are national champions again.
The Crusaders successfully defended its 2019 victory in the Boys Lightweight 4 with Coxswain at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championship Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
Canisius’ winning team is made up of seniors Matthew Talty (stroke) and Nathanial Siwiec (3 seat), juniors Tyler Siwiec (2 seat) and Zachary Siwiec (bow), and sophomore Phillip Zafuto (coxswain).
“We were the champs coming in and held tight. It’s hard to do,” said coach RJ Rubino. “We did it with a whole new wave of guys, and that really says a lot about the commitment to excellence this program has …
“We met at school in January and February at 6 a.m. when they wouldn’t even let us in the building and we ran outside for 60 minutes. These kids went nuts and trained through so much because they saw what that other boat did two years ago and wanted it for themselves. It was really a lot of hard work coming together to make this happen.”
Because of adverse weather conditions Saturday that led to time from the morning session being nullified and afternoon session being canceled, results were determined by Friday placement.
The winning time of 5:05.279 beat the second-place team, Plant High from Tampa, by 6.756 seconds.
St. Joe’s finished third in the Varsity 4 with Coxswain.
Canisius was fourth in the Varsity 8 with Coxswain.
Boats from Mount St. Mary’s and City Honors also took part in the nationals.
Martin baseball playoffs set
Canisius High beat Bishop Timon, 11-1, on Sunday to finish the Monsignor Martin regular season with a 9-1 league record and in a first-place tie with St. Joe’s.
Based on a coin flip, Canisius will be the top seed in the Georgetown Cup and awaits the winner of Monday’s first-round game between No. 6 Timon at No. 3 St. Francis. No. 5 Nichols is at No. 4 St. Mary’s on Monday with the winner to visit St. Joe’s.
The two best-of-three semifinal series begin Wednesday with doubleheaders starting at 4 p.m. If necessary, a decisive third game in each series is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday.