By: Susan Saint Sing
"Stetson Crew Outclasses the Field" is what blared over the loudspeaker at Tampa Mayor's Cup Regatta. The Stetson Crew team medaled in 6 out of 8 events. All of the women's crews medaled and the men's pair took a silver.
"There are no lightweight events at this regatta so our crews were racing open weights by and large, but we won 3 events anyway and took silvers and bronze in the rest. We were out ahead of the pack by open water and the announcer was kind enough to notice and mention the fact," said coach Saint Sing.
The day opened with Men's Captain Gary Mara and Mike Sigrist taking a silver in the men's straight pair. Women's pair, Shay Martin and Christy Ruane won gold, and Delia Hanna and Callie Peacock took a gold in women's double. Tom Talmadge and Alan Laguna took their first race down a course in the Stetson men's "B" pair and though finishing out of the medals, came back with smiles on their faces. The lightweight men's four of Gary Mara, Josh Mena, Matt Lebron and Mike Sigrist raced a tough, tight field to come in barely out of the medals in 4th against a large open-weight field.
Late morning racing saw the women's JV four win gold by open water and the frosh/novice women's four of Cathleen Voglegesang, Ashley Price-Dyment, Sai Ociato, and Julia Pearce win bronze. Coxswains Erin Lee and Maddie Briggs did a superior job on the course aligning these younger crews on the stake boats and taking down the course.
The women's lightweight four raced 3 times today and that is a lot for lightweight women, particularly in the heat and sun. They were terrific and I was very proud of them," coach Saint Sing continued.
Stetson Crew fielded a women's lightweight eight for the first time this year with 2 novices, Cathleen Vogelgesang and Kristian Haggerty in the boat and still won a bronze against the open weights. "The boat felt like it had a lot of power," cox Kerry Burke said, "It was exciting to race."
Powerhouse crews from St. Lawrence University, U. of Tenn., and Hamilton College in New York -- as well as Tampa, UCF, UF, and USF were all in the field on a very hot, sunny day in Tampa.
The Stetson men have a dual race U.WVa during the week at home, and all the crews are looking ahead to the FIRA Championships next month.