CHESTERTOWN, Md. — The Washington College men's rowing team is set to begin its spring championship season with a mix of talented returners and a novice group that turned in several impressive performances in the fall.
The Shoremen welcome back nine student-athletes from last year's team, including five who were a part of the Shoremen's varsity eight at last year's Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships. Senior Alex Kincaid (Bowie, Md./DeMatha) is the most decorated of the Shoremen's returners. Kincaid has been the Shoremen's top coxswain since the end of his freshman season, when he coxed the Shoremen's varsity four at the IRA National Chamopionships. He was named the team's Most Valuable last spring and was the male recipient of the College's 2018 Elizabeth "Bo" Blanchard Memorial Sportsmanship Award.
Kincaid was joined in last springs varsity eight by seniors Lee Potter (Silver Spring, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and Nate Bonsib (Wilmington, Del./Pittsford Sutherland [N.Y.]), junior Brook Yimer (Arlington, Va./Wakefield), and sophomore Evan Koch (Malton, N.J./Doane Academy). Yimer was named to last year's All-MARC Varsity team, while Potter also turned in a number of top finishes in the varsity pair last spring. Kincaid, Koch, and Potter are serving as the team's captains.
Seniors Tyler Buchanan (Santa Clarita, Calif./West Ranch) and Karl Melchior (Whippany, N.J./Whippany Park) and sophomores Ben Masclans (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield) and Charlie Snyder (Stonington, Conn./Fishers Island School [N.Y.]) also return for the Shoremen. Buchanan, Masclans, and Snyder all rowed in the varsity four for the Shoremen at last year's MARC Championships; Melchior has seen time as both a coxswain and rower during his Shoremen career.
Thirteen novice rowers dot the Shoremen's roster this spring after a fall head-racing season that saw the Shoremen pick up first-place finishes in the novice four and novice eight at the Occoquan Challenge, finish seventh (and first among crews from non-Division I schools) in the novice eight at the Head of the Schuylkill, and fifth (first among crews from non-Division I schools) in the novice eight and sixth (first among crews from non-Division I schools) in the novice four at the Head of the Hooch.
The Shoremen's novices are senior rower David Pitts (Burtonsville, Md./Georgtown Prep), sophomore rower Eric Botti (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley), freshman coxswains Wesley Lawrence (Wilmington, Del./Concord) and Jack Lee (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill), freshman rower/coxswain Henry Hawkins (Morristown, N.J./Morristown-Beard School), and freshman rowers Sean Curry (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum), Ross Douglas (Salisbury, Md./Parkside), Jack Maher (Monkton, Md./St. Paul's School for Boys), Max Moore (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley), Ian Parks (Silver Spring, Md./St. Andrew's Episcopal School), and Josh Turner (Mustang, Okla./Mustang).
Head coach Scott Wisniewski and assistant coach Danielle Huston Hakey are both back for their second years on the coaching staff. The Shoremen will open their spring regatta season March 23rd at the Murphy Cup in Philadelphia before hosting the Washington College Invitational one week later. They will then compete at the Knecht Cup in Cherry Hill, N.J., April 13th and 14th and the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia April 20th. The 2019 MARC Championships will be held April 27th in Lewisberry, Pa. The Shoremen are slated to finish their season May 10th and 11th at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.