CAMDEN, N.J. – Dartmouth women’s rowing opened its spring campaign at the annual Doc Hosea Invitational on Sunday. The event – which featured Dartmouth, Syracuse, Penn, Northeastern, Boston University, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Navy, UMass and Rutgers – honored Tim Hosea, MD, who served for many years as the USRowing team doctor and passed away unexpectedly in 2015.
“The Doc Hosea Invite is such a great way to kick off our spring season,” head coach Linda Muri said. “It is focused around other cold-region programs who have had similar amounts of water time this spring. Also, the format of heats and finals within a few hours gives us the opportunity to race, regroup, make adjustments and race again immediately while the first race is still fresh in our minds and our legs.
Although every Dartmouth boat came off the water today having rowed a better race in their final, the V4A in particular really upped the ante,” Muri continued. “They missed qualifying for the Grand Final by about a length and a half (5.7 seconds), but after examining their race and figuring out what they could change, went on to win the Petite Final by over 18 seconds in a significant turn around. The women did a tremendous job. They worked on executing their race plans. It’s hard to ask for more as a coach.”
The Big Green had a great start to their day by taking first in the five-team second heat of the varsity eight (6:46.8), completing the 2,000-meter course less than three seconds ahead of Navy. In the Grand Final, Dartmouth placed fourth out of six crews with a 6:42.95, beating Navy by five seconds.
The first three teams in the second varsity heats finished just three seconds apart. URI took the top spot (6:53.3) and was followed by Minnesota (6:55.3) and Dartmouth (6:56.9). The Green left 17 seconds between them and the Midshipmen in fourth (7:13.8). Later that day in the Grand Final, Dartmouth took fifth (7:00.12), out-finishing Minnesota by just two seconds.
Dartmouth rowed an 8:13.04 in the varsity four A, leaving over 12 seconds between it and URI and went on to win the Petite Final (8:02.9), leaving an impressive 18 seconds of clear water behind it. The B boat was second in its heat (8:18.4), finishing sandwiched between Navy in first (8:13.1) and URI in third (8:20.5). In the Grand Final, the Big Green rowed an 8:33.13 to take sixth.
In the heats in the morning, the Big Green were fourth in the third varsity eight (7:41.56), completing the race 15 seconds ahead of Rutgers.
Next Saturday, April 8, Dartmouth will head to Connecticut to face Yale.