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Battle on the Buffalo River 

By RJ Rubino '09

 

Top photo: Nate Siwiec '21 and Connor Shelby '22

After nearly a year without any regatta competition, the Canisius High School and St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute rowing teams raced on Sunday, October 4, in what would be the first regatta in Buffalo, NY since 2019. A 2500 meter race course on the Buffalo River, starting in front of the Buffalo Lighthouse and finishing at the Buffalo Rod and Gun Club’s American Flag. Both teams showed outstanding sportsmanship and competitiveness.

Zach Siwiec '22 and Tyler Siwiec '22

Canisius hosted St. Joe's at the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association (BSRA) on Ohio Street. The teams agreed to race each other in the 2- and 2x. A 2- is a two person sweep boat, meaning each rower has one oar on each side. A 2x is a two-person sculling boat, 2 oars on each side, four total.

In the Varsity 2-, there were four Canisius and three St. Joe's entries. In the Varsity 2x there were four Canisius and three from St. Joe's. Each event had two heats.

Canisius put on a dominant display in the 2-, with two Canisius crews crossing the line first. Dylan Sass '21 and Matthew Talty '21 won with a time of 10:24. They were followed by twin brothers Zach Siwiec '22 and Tyler Siwiec '22 finishing in 10:40, who made an inspirational come from behind victory over two heavyweight St. Joe's 2- s that finished in 10:46 and 10:53 respectively.

Mark Kadiev '24 and Sam Ferguson '24 in a 2x

In the first heat, St. Joe's 2- was victorious with a time of 11:13 over a a junior varsity Canisius 2- that included Adam Wittmann '23 and Evan Izatt '23 11:21, and freshman Sam Ferguson '24 and Rowan McNeil '24 12:30.

St. Joe's got their revenge in the Varsity 2x, a sculling event they have been focusing on at the West Side Rowing Club, winning with times of 10:24 and 10:30. Canisius rowers Nate Siwiec '21 and Connor Shelby '22 finished in 11:07, followed closely by Andrew Skakal '21 and Jonah Cross '21 with a time of 11:15.

Alumni rowers Taylor Tobias ‘11 and Ryan Walter '18 kept finish line times during the race. Ryan is currently a student at Georgetown.

Both teams will meet again at the end of the month at West Side Rowing Club’s Black Rock Canal for a rematch.

Race course

 

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