Crew has a long tradition at Hamilton College, beginning in the mid 1800's, just after the Civil War. At this time, the team practiced on the Chenango Canal, which stretched from Utica to Binghamton. Located at the bottom of College Hill, the canal provided a perfect setting for a popular sport at Hamilton. A point worthy of note is that Hamilton competed at the legendary 4th of July races on Saratoga Lake in 1875 & 1876.
As told in Harper's magazine these were the largest regattas ever assembled to that point in the United States. The 1876 race sprint style race consisted of 16 Colleges (simultaneous start, 16 lanes across) racing in "sixes" along a three mile course. At this regatta, Hamilton rowed against perennial powerhouses Harvard, Princeton and Yale, as well as their traditional small college rivals Union, Williams, Trinity, and Wesleyan.
Eric Summers is in his eighth season at the helm of the Hamilton College rowing program. Summers has more than 15 years of coaching experience to draw upon as he continues to build Hamilton crew into one of the top programs in New York State.
In 2010-11, Hamilton’s crews secured victories at the Head of the Genesee and Head of the Schuylkill, finished first in the team points title at the Tampa Mayor’s Cup, and the women's varsity eight was ranked 10th in the final USRowing Division III coaches poll. The women's varsity eight was victorious against Union College in 2011 as Hamilton retained the Gilman Plate for the sixth straight year. The men possessed the Gilman Cup for winning the varsity eight four straight years from 2007 to 2010. Five Hamilton rowers have been selected to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) all-conference team during the past two seasons.
LEARNING TO ROW is fun and there are many physical and health benefits!Rowing crew
- improves your mood
- combats chronic diseases
- helps you manage your weight
- strengthens your heart & lungs
- promotes better sleep
- strengthens your muscles
- is low-impact and won't hurt your joints
- is fun!