GW Men's Rowing Oarsmen Shine at Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

Aug. 18, 2016

A handful of George Washington men's rowing oarsmen were in action at the 134th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta earlier this month in St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada.

The oldest amateur rowing event in North America, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta began in 1880. Since 1903 the regatta has been held at St. Catherines Port Dalhousie's Martindale Pond, hosted by St. Catherines Rowing Club.

The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta's format is comparable to that of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships in which the course is six lanes wide and a series of heats, repechages and semifinals are used to determine seeding for the finals.

Junior Ben Delaney, who made history with the Colonials' rowing program at the Royal Henley Regatta earlier this summer (link), had a fantastic showing. He medaled five times, including a trio of first-place finishes, as a member of the New York Athletic Club.

Delaney placed first overall in the Under 23 2-, Senior 2- and Senior 8+ events, in addition to a second-place finish in the Championship 2- and a third-place performance in the Championship 8+.

<A HREF=Ben Delaney poses with NYAC's Men's Senior 8+.

Sophomore Bob Hobert, who also competed at the Royal Henley Regatta in England, finished in second place to Delaney's pair in the U23 2- event as a member of Penn AC out of Philadelphia.

Another veteran of GW's crop of competitors at the Royal Henley Regatta in June - sophomore Matt Kerwin - competed in the Men's Intermediate 8+, Senior 8+ and the Intermediate 4- for Vespers Boat Club. He helped the Intermediate 8+ to the Grand Final of that event, placing third overall, while the Senior 8+ placed sixth.

Senior David Lincoln also had a strong showing at the regatta. He rowed for local Thompson Boat Club and placed fourth in the Senior Lightweight 4-, fifth in the U23 Lightweight 4- and fifth in the Senior Lightweight 8+.

A full listing of GW's competitors is below.

Bob Hobert - Penn AC
Matt Kerwin - Vesper Boat Club
Ben Delaney - NYAC
James Hawthorne - Riverside Boat Club
Michael Ready - Riverside Boat Club
David Lincoln - Thompson Boat Club
Max Reisser - Undine Boat Club
Brendan Purtill - Oakland Strokes
Marquis Dogan - Crescent Boat Club



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