Women's Varsity 8 takes 5th at NCAAs, 2V8 Places 3rd as Cardinals Finish 5th in Team Standings
With Elite 89 Award winner Brianne Wiemann '15 (photo upper middle) as the coxswain and first-team all-NESCAC pick Kayla Could '14 (photo upper right) and second-team all-NESCAC honoree Clare Doyle '14 (photo upper left) comprising 25 percent of the rowing charge, Wesleyan's varsity 8 placed fifth among eight entries at the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. Fri.-Sat., May 30-31. The Cardinals were seeded fifth at the event in the varsity eight affair. Trinity overcame Williams in the closing portion of the race to win the title as well as the team championship. Wesleyan, with its third-place effort in second varsity eight, took fifth in the team scoring, just behind Wellesley which took fourth.
Both Wesleyan boats had three races during the NCAAs as the first varsity, with rowers Ava Miller Lewis '17, Remy Johnson '16, Cloud, Emma Koramshahi '16, Annie Dade '16, Doyle, Emily Johnson '13, Hannah Korevaar '14 and cox Weimann, placed third in its heat, trailing Bates and Wellesley, while defeating Puget Sound. In the repechage race, the Cardinals took second, less than one second behind Washington College, to earn the sixth and last spot in the Grand Final. There, Wesleyan overcame Wash. Col. by almost three seconds to grab fifth place and close out the season on its seed. It was the Cardinals' third-ever trip to Nationals, the first two coming in 2000 and 2001. Trinity edged Williams by about two seconds for the crown with Wellesley third and Bates fourth.
The second varsity eight, composed of rowers Avery Mushinski '15, Emily Sinkler '14, Emma Buford '16, Emma Halter '17, Hannah Brigham '17, Lucy Finn '14, Eva Frieden '15 and Ellen Paik '16 and cox Ari Rudess '15, took second in its heat behind Trinity and ahead of Wash. Col. In the Repechage, the Cardinals won by 3.5 seconds over Williams, the fourth straight meeting vs. the Ephs this spring won by Wesleyan. In the Grand Final, Wesleyan made it five staight over Williams with its third-place finish, behind Bates and Trinity as Williams was fourth.
Wesleyan had 26 team points, just outpaced by Wellesley (28 points), putting the Cardinals in fifth place. Trinity, with a first- and second-place finish, took the team crown (40 points) while Bates and Williams tied for second (33 points).