Women's Crew Splits Pair of Dual Races in Heat/Final Format in Malden, Mass. vs. Wellesley & Tufts
The women's crew travelled to Malden, Mass. to face fifth-ranked nationally Wellesley and Tufts in a heat and final format of racing. In the first round, the #6 nationally ranked varsity 8 went toe to toe with Wellesley as the Cardinals led the race at the halfway mark. Wellesley put on a strong push at the 1000-meter mark and Wesleyan was unable to counter. Wellesley finished in 6:59.8 and Wesleyan was 7:04.2. "The crew attacked this race with the right mindset but we weren't able to put together a complete race," said Head Coach Pat Tynan. "We went a little outside of our comfort zone and couldn't quite stay there. We made some technical errors in the second half of the race that we'll work to improve over the next few weeks," added Coach Tynan. The crew went on to beat Tufts by a length in the second round of racing. "Our times were almost identical in both races which is a good indicator of fitness and the ability to race down the course a second time in one day. This is important for the heat/final format of the Championship racing at the end of the season," Coach Tynan explained. The varsity boat was composed of rowers Emilie Sinkler '14, Robin Cotter '13, Remy Johnson '16, Annie Dade '16,
Emma Koramshahi '16, Kayla Cloud '14, Clare Doyle '14, Avery Mushinski
'15 and cox Ari Rudess '15
The second varsity 8 lost to both Wellesley and Tufts. "The results show that we didn't have a great day in this crew. The line up has shifted a great deal over the past week due to some injuries and I believe that they handled the challenge really well," said Coach Tynan. "We're ready for some consistent practice in the week ahead."
The Third varsity 8 fell just short of Wellesley in the first round, losing by four seconds but then beat Tufts by eight seconds in the final round of racing. "I was really pleased with the grit and determination of this crew today," said Coach Tynan. "This is a young crew and they were able to make some changes going into the second race and come down the course a bit more efficiently while still racing hard."
The crew will be in action Sat., April 20 in its only home race of the year, facing top-ranked Williams.