Women's Crew Wins in 5-Team Affair in Worc., Mass., Splits Decisions at Tufts, Then Falls to Top-Ranked Williams
The women's crew finished in first place ahead of WPI, Middlebury, Colby and Smith on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., Sat., April 7. The varsity 8, ranked ninth in the country, covered the 2000-meter course in 6:53.2, beating second place WPI by 4.5 seconds. Rowing in the varsity 8 (leading in photo) was Avery Mushinski '15, Megan Nash '14, Greer Dent '12, Clare Doyle '14, Kayla Cloud '14, Margo Tercek '13, Robin Cotter '13 and Emily Sinkler '14 with cox Emma Overton '12.
"The varsity boat did a nice job of holding on to the technical improvements they made last week while still racing aggressively," said head coach Pat Tynan.
The second varsity 8 had the closest race of the day, beating second place WPI by half a second. "We were lucky to be on the winning end of that one," said Coach Tynan. "We raced a very strong first 1500 meters and had to do whatever we could to barely hold off a charging WPI crew. WPI had a fantastic sprint. We didn't," added Tynan.
In the women's third varsity 8, WPI edged out Wesleyan by 3.3 seconds. The Cardinals had a boat length lead going into the final 500 meters but the Engineers came on strong in the final push. In the women's novice 4, Wesleyan dominated the racing, winning by 23 seconds over Middlebury.
Next up for the squad was the annual trip to Malden, Mass. to face Tufts, Bates and Wellesley Sat., April 14. Facing Tufts and then Bates in a double-dual format, the Wesleyan varsity 8 led Tufts from early in the race and continued to pull away over the 2000 meter distance. The Cardinals covered the course in 6:58 and Tufts finished three lengths behind in 7:11. "This was a different line up from last week because of an injury and the team has done a great job of stepping up and filling any gaps in each of our crews," said Coach Tynan. In the winner's round, #8 Wesleyan raced #2 Bates and came up short. "We understood that beating Bates would be a tall order but attacked the race with nothing to lose. It was important to see how we stacked up against such a proven crew," added Tynan.
In the second varsity 8, Wesleyan covered the distance in 7:16.2, beating to the Jumbos effort of 7:52.6. "I liked the way the the second 8 attacked this race. It's important to rehearse how we need to race no matter what the gap between the crews," said Tynan. In the next race, Wesleyan faced Bates but was not able to pull out a win. Bates finished in 7:04.8 compared to Wesleyan in 7:19.5.
In the third varsity 8, Wesleyan lost to Bates in the first round of racing finished in 7:24.5 compared to Bates in 7:14.9. In the second round, the Cardinals were able to rebound by beating Tufts by 15 seconds. "This crew learns so much after each race and has done a good job of bringing these lessons to the next race. They'll continue to gain significant speed over the next few weeks, " said Tynan.
In the novice 4, Bates overpowered Wesleyan finishing in a time of 7:57.5 compared to Wesleyan in 8:40.5.
On Sat, April 21, the Cardinals traveled to Pittsfield, Mass. for their annual battles with Little Three nemesis Williams. The top-ranked and five-time defending NCAA Division III champion Ephs outraced the Cardinals by a 19.5-second margin in the varsity 8 race. Williams also took the second varsity 8 race with a 26.2-second margoin of victory. The novice 8 race proved the closest of the day as the Ephs prevailed by 8.8 seconds.
Next up is the final dual race of the spring Sat., April 28 in Salem, Conn., facing a Trinity squad ranked fifth nationally. Wesleyan now holds the #8 spot among NCAA Division III squads.