Hockenberry helps Syracuse rowing team reach Royal Regatta
North Hills graduate and Syracuse rower Josh Hockenberry had a ringside seat recently at one of the world’s most famous rowing events.
Hockenberry, a departing senior, was an alternate on an Orange men’s eight that competed at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.
Established in 1839, the regatta is held every year on the River Thames near the town of Henley-on-Thames. The regatta features 23 events.
Syracuse was one of nine U.S. crews in the Temple Challenge Cup men’s student event and 35 American crews overall.
The regatta is regarded a part of the English social season. Spectators dress in smart summer casual, with no jeans and shorts allowed.
Queen Elizabeth is the patron.
It was Syracuse’s first appearance since 2008.
Syracuse coach David Reischman said Hockenberry and another alternate practiced every day and were available if someone got sick or injured.
He said the squad’s five seniors were rewarded with the trip for their four years of leadership and hard work.
Crews raced two at a time, head-to-head, on a 2,112-meter (1 mile, 550 yard) course.
The Orange beat Cornell by one length in 6 minutes, 17 seconds and Trinity College, of Dublin, Ireland, by 2 1/2 lengths (6:24) before losing to Oxford Brookes, the defending champion, by one length in the third heat.
Reischman said it was ironic Syracuse and Cornell, both located in Upstate New York, faced each other so far away.
“We traveled over the Atlantic to race someone we could have raced by driving 50 miles south on (Interstate) 81,” he said.
Randy Hockenberry said his son, who is traveling in Europe, enjoyed his stay with his host family.
Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.