Women's crew competed at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass. over the weekend of Sat.-Sun., Oct. 20-21. It is the largest two-day rowing event in the world and draws 9,000 athletes from all over the world along with 300,000 spectators. On Saturday, Wesleyan competed in the Collegiate 4 finishing eighth out of 38 crews. The line up was made up of coxswain Brianne Weinmann '15, Annie Dade '16, Emma Koramshahi '16, Alex Irace '15 and Christina Ermilio '13. "This was a solid performance by this young crew, " said Head Coach Pat Tynan. "We did not compete in this event last year and the goal was to make the 50% automatic qualification for next year. They delivered."
The following day, Wesleyan raced in the Collegiate 8, placing eighth out of 26 crews. This crew was coxed by Ari Rudess '15, with rowers Avery Mushinski, '15, Lucy Finn, '14, Kayla Cloud, '14, Clare Doyle '14, Nicole Stanton '15, Emily Johnson '13, Robin Cotter '13 and Emily Sinkler '14. "We believed we could crack into the top 10 if we steered a tight course and made a strong push from the Anderson Bridge to the Elliot St. bridge," said Tynan. "That was our weak point last year. We covered that stretch in the same time as last year while battling a strong headwind this year. We were 17 seconds faster to the first timing station than a year ago. We worked on these things in practice and it was nice to see the crew execute."
The team then ended the fall at the Head of the Fish Regatta, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Sat., Oct.27. "We're looking forward to having the whole team back together for this final race of the fall, " said Tynan. With five entries in the regatta, Wesleyan's top squad competed in the Collegiate 8 event and placed a solid fourth among 20 participating crews, just behind Div. I UConn and one second ahead of WPI. On board was the same group that raced at the Charles. Wesleyan also had a pair of entries in the Collegiate JV 8, finishing fourth and eighth of 16 boats. The Cardinals fielded two Collegiate Novice 8s as well and took a brilliant second among 28 crews while also coming in 23rd with its second squad.
"This is a slightly shorter race [two miles] than the other fall races so we worked to hold an more aggressive pace down the course", said Coach Tynan. "We're pleased with the results and the way the athletes approached the racing."
The next activity for the squad will take place during the spring over March break when the squad travels to Florida for intensive training and a Saturday race.
(photo by Arya Alizadeh '13)