May 2: The St. Lawrence University men's crew team was led by the men's novice eight boat on Saturday in the first of two days of the 2009 New York State Rowing Championships, held in Whitney Point, NY.
In the Men's Novice 8 event, the only race to enjoy good water conditions, the Saints continued to enjoy their successes, as they have not been beaten in 2009. In their heat on Saturday, St. Lawrence dominated over Marist, Ithaca, RIT and Army to earn a lane in the grand final on Sunday morning, where they will look to remain undefeated.
St. Lawrence's novice crew included first years Justin Painter (Kattskill Bay, NY/Northwood), Will Schrade (Slingerlands, NY/Christian Brothers Academy), Brent Underwood (Slovang, CA/Santa Ynez Valley Union), Jamie Cook (Madison, CT/The Williams School), Michael MacNeil (Milton, MA/Thayer Academy), Jon Williams (Higganum, CT/Kent School), Griffin Green (Buffalo, NY/Hutchinson Central Tech), Justin Raffaeli (Pound Ridge, CT/Kent School) and rookie coxswain Mike Cianca (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford-Southerland).
The men's varsity eight face much rougher water conditions and placed sixth in their heat, with Ithaca, Iona and Marist taking the top three spots, respectively. The Saints will compete in tomorrow's petite final.