Terrier Twelve - #10: 3rd Place Finish at Eastern Sprints Highlights Season

Terrier Twelve - #10: 3rd Place Finish at Eastern Sprints Highlights Season

July 9, 2013

This summer, GoTerriers.com is counting down the top 12 achievements of Boston University teams and student-athletes in 2012-13. Check back each Tuesday and Friday as we reveal this year's Terrier Twelve.

Coming in at No.10 in the Terrier Twelve is Boston University men's rowing finishing third at the Eastern Sprints and winning four cups during their dual season.

The Terriers' varsity eight boat, coxed by sophomore Lauren Harvey and stroked by junior Moritz Franz, had a very successful duel season in which they won four cups, highlighted by the program's first Jablonic Cup victory against No. 8 Wisconsin since 2005. The varsity eight boat also defeated No. 13 Columbia (Lusins Cup), No. 15 Syracuse (Conlan Cup) and No. 16 Dartmouth (Bill Cup), falling just one cup short of tying the school record of five cup victories set in 2011.

As a result of the four straight cup victories, the Terriers entered the Eastern Sprints as a confident team. The Terriers came out of the gates fast during the morning competition with BU's varsity four boat finishing second in the team's first race and its V8, 2V8 and 3V8 boats all advancing to the Grand Finals.

In its morning heat race, the varsity eight finished second, just two seconds behind winner Harvard and six seconds better than third place Wisconsin to advance to the Grand Final.

In the varsity eight Grand Final, the Terriers finished sixth behind a tough field of some of the top boats in the country. The second varsity eight boat also finished second in its heat, just 2 seconds behind winner Harvard and ahead of Yale, Navy, Holy Cross and MIT and moved on to its championship race, where it also finished sixth.

Despite the sixth place finishes in the last two races of the day, by advancing their top three boats to the Grand Final and finishing second in the 3V8 and V4 , the Terriers were able to earn an impressive 22 points, tied for third most on the day and two shy of the program record set in 2005.

With their impressive performance at the Eastern Sprints, the Terriers entered the IRA National Championship Regatta with the knowledge they could compete with the best. In BU's first race of the day, the varsity four boat finished second in their semifinal and advance to the finals. Coxed by junior Justin Rau and stroked by senior Todd Sukolsky, the Terriers finished behind only California and ahead of Cornell, Navy, Colgate and Syracuse.

The No. 8 seeded second varsity eight boat, coxed by junior Tennyson Hunt and stroked by freshman Matt Maginnis, finished second in a thrilling semifinals race, four seconds behind No. 3 California. The Terriers placed ahead of Brown, Cornell, Harvard and Yale to advance to the Grand Finals. The 2V8 boat overcame an early deficit, roaring back from fifth place at the halfway point of the race to pass four boats in a very close field.

In its grand finals race, the Terriers' varsity four boat finished fourth, just one second behind bronze medal winning Brown and in back of gold medal winner Washington and silver medalist California.  BU finished ahead of Cornell and Harvard.

BU's second varsity eight boat placed fifth in the Grand Finals in a very tight field. Only 1.3 seconds separated the second place and fifth place boats. The Terriers missed out on a bronze medal by only .7 seconds. BU defeated the 2V crew from Northeastern, who finished sixth in the finals.

Competing in a very tough field, the varsity eight boat finished sixth in its semifinal race. BU finished behind No. 2 Harvard, No. 5 Northeastern, No. 3 Brown, No. 8 Yale and No. 11 Cornell. In its Petite Final race, the men's varsity eight boat finished sixth and twelfth overall among V8 boats. The Terriers top boat finished with a time of 5:52.81, six seconds behind Petite Final winner Yale.

Lead by two top-five finishes in the second varsity eight and varsity four championship races, the Boston University men's rowing team, under fifth-year head coach Tom Bohrer, finished twelfth overall in team points at the IRA National Championship Regatta.

The team graduated just six seniors this past spring and will look to continue to perform as one of the premier rowing programs in the country next season.

The Terrier Twelve

No. 11 - Parker Era Closes with Hockey East Run

No. 12 - Men's Basketball Develops Into Postseason Squad

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