After an incredible span of 45 years, the Syracuse men's rowing team achieved a remarkable feat by securing a place on the podium at their conference championship, the Eastern Sprints. Their remarkable accomplishment came in the form of a third-place finish in the Varsity Eight Grand Final, which took place on Sunday evening at Lake Quinsigamond.
The Second Varsity Eight (2V8) demonstrated their prowess by finishing fourth in the Grand Final. Additionally, the third (3V8) and fourth (4V8) varsity eights showcased their skill and determination, securing sixth place in their respective races. The day's competitions commenced with the Varsity Four (V4) race, where the Orange team made a strong start by clinching first place in a mixed final, pitting heavyweight and lightweight fours against each other.
Syracuse Head Coach Dave Reischman expressed his satisfaction with the team's performance, noting that it was a goal they had set at the beginning of the year to have all four eights qualify for the Grand Finals. He emphasized the significance of this achievement, stating that it not only boosted the team's morale but also established a positive momentum for the entire day. Even the participation of the V4 team, albeit as an exhibition, contributed to setting the tone for the team's success.
In the ultimate race of the day, the Orange team showcased their resilience by fending off a late surge from Harvard in the final 500 meters. This tenacity earned them a well-deserved third-place finish, narrowly surpassing Harvard by a mere 0.89 seconds to claim the final spot on the podium. Yale, with a time of 5:23.710, secured first place, closely followed by Princeton with a time of 5:25.057. Dartmouth (+5.048) and Brown (+5.435) completed the top-six positions in the race.