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Rowing to compete at the Head of the Genesee

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 10/04/2013
Canisius Varsity Eight
Courtesy: Joel Furtek
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Following a pair of events last weekend, the Canisius College rowing team will be back on the water again Saturday, this time at the Head of the Genesee Regatta in Waterloo, N.Y.

The event will feature the same crews the Griffs faced at the Hobart William Smith Challenge on the Canal and Head of the Tonawanda, with the addition of perennially fast crews Syracuse and Radcliffe.

“This year’s there’s a lot of speed [at the Head of the Genesee],” said head coach Joel Furtek. “We’ve got Syracuse, who’s very fast. Radcliffe, who’s very fast and UB who we just faced last weekend. We’ve also got William Smith, Rochester and Ithaca who we saw last weekend as well. More than anything it’s a chance to be surrounded by speed that’s well above our level, which we always love; but it’s also for us to test ourselves again against crews we just faced. So we’re not gunning for a place so much as testing ourselves against crews we know.”

The event will be divided into two parts. The Griffs will race at both the 5k distance and a sprint race at 1500 meters. The times from the two races are combined together to determine final placing.

It’s the third regatta of the fall for Canisius, who opened the season last Saturday at the Hobart William Smith Challenge on the Canal. The Varsity Eight placed fourth of five and the Second Varsity Eight finished in third of four.

The Griffs then raced at the Head of the Tonawanda on Sunday, where the Griffs placed second and fourth in the five-boat race, rebounding from what Furtek called a disappointing performance on Saturday.

“They showed up on Saturday unprepared for racing, it’s the first race so I can understand it, but we can’t accept it,” Furtek said. “To their credit they showed up ready to go on Sunday. What changed from Saturday to Sunday? We brought the race intensity that is us, there’s a lot that we still need to do better, but their response from day to day was the right one. If we can repeat that with some of the technical progress we’ve been making over the course of the week I think we can perform even better.”

The Griffs will kick things off on Saturday morning with the 5k in the morning and then the sprint portion of the event will be in the afternoon.

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