Cromwell Cup - Fast Racing - Master 8+ Update

The Men's Team returned to the Cromwell Cup after taking a year off. And after shying away from the Open events for a number of years, Riverfront was able to enter and to compete in both the Master's and Open events successfully.

The Master 4+ event kicked off the day of racing bright and early on the Charles with the crew of AJ F., Eric R., Fred S., Mike P. and Scott P. finishing with the fastest adjusted time across both heats of 4+ competitors. In the same heat, the veteran 4+ of Larry H., Chick M., Ev S. and Harry C. with an average age of 68 came within .785 seconds of beating a CRI crew with an average age of 35. In the second flight of 4+'s, the crew of Claire V., Simon D., Tom R., Jeff F. and Larry G. finished 4th with an adjusted time of 3:57.103.

In the AA-A 1x race, Hector D. turned the tables on Zachary DePace of Pioneer Valley from Saturday at NEMA, beating him by just over a second. However, Edward Benning of Volks Varisty Ruderclub squeaked past Hector with a time of 3:39.456 to 3:39.831.

The Master 8+ races were next finishing off the master portion of the race day. The 8+ of AJ F., Matt D., Fred S., Eric R., Rene T., Scott P., Ian H., Mike P., and Chick M. beat CRI in our first race against them this season. However, they came up 2 seconds short against Riverside, 3:01.393 to 3:03.582.

In the second flight of master 8's, the crew of Claire V., Simon D., Tom R., Larry H., Rob M., Jeff F., Larry G., Ev S. and Harry C. staged a dramatic come from behind win over MIT, 3:33.613 vs. 3:34.652. The margin is even more impressive considering that the average age of the Riverfront boat was 53 and the MIT crew was 38. This also was Jeff Friedman's first win and medal with the men's racing team.

The Open 4+ heats began the open event racing for the day with the crew of Sam G., Matt D., Rene T., Alan Vibber & Alan Valenti having a strong row as the oldest crew in the open event by nearly 10 years and managing to draw the fastest heat with all 3 of the other crews advancing to the finals including two development camp crews from Northeastern and Dartmouth.

In the second open 4+ heat, our crew of AJ F., Tom B., Brendan M., Cole T., and Kyle S. beat two Riverside crews and a Union crew to win the heat and advance to the finals.

Next, our open quad of Scott P., Hector D., Jonathan N. and Ian H. took second in their heat with the 3rd fastest time overall and advancing to the finals with a crew with an average age of 42 vs. early to mid-20's for all other crews.

Our open 8+ line-up of AJ F., Matt D., Kyle S., Tom B., Brendan M., Cole T., Hector D., Alan Vibber and Alan Valenti made it 3 for 3 for the team in advancing to the finals with a second place finish in their heat with a time of 2:59.221. This also marked the first time ever that a Riverfront Open 8+ crew advanced from the heats to the finals at the Cromwell Cup.

With the heats completed, the finals began with our 4+ of AJ F., Tom B., Brendan M., Cole T. and Kyle S. beating the Riverside crew that previously advanced at the Royal Henley a couple of weeks earlier in a photo finish by .062 seconds! The two Development Camp teams from Northeastern and Dartmouth took 1st and 2nd place, respectively.

The open quad of Scott P., Hector D., Jonathan N. and Ian H. rowed a great race and finished 3rd with a time of 3:24.044 and increased their margin over West Cambridge from the heat to the final.

In the open 1x event, Peter Belmonte, who has rowed with Riverfront in the past, advanced to the final where he took third finishing just .173 seconds out of second. Peter will be joining the men's team again for 6 sculling events at Master National's in Tennessee next month.

Cromwell Cup racing came to a close with the Open 8+ final as our crew of AJ F., Matt D., Kyle S., Tom B., Brendan M., Cole T., Hector D., Alan Vibber and Alan Valenti had a great start and were able to stay with the 3 Riverside crews for the first half of the race before finishing 4th with a time of 3:03.305.

Next up, we send off our Club National's crew to Cincinnati later this week as we compete in this event for the first time ever. For the rest of the team, we now prepare for the Diamond State Regatta which is less than two weeks away in Delaware.