Women's crew traveled to Worcester, Mass. to race New England rivals Colby, Middlebury, Smith and WPI over the 2000m Lake Quinsigamond course. The varsity 8, ranked sixth in the national coaches poll, of 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 coxswain Ari Rudess '15 posted the winning time of 6:49.7. WPI was second in 6:51.3. Smith, Middlebury and Colby trailed with times of 7:03.3, 7:07.3 and 7:20.7, respectively. "We haven't had the same varsity line up in a racing situation yet this spring," said Head Coach Pat Tynan. "To pull off a win here speaks to the depth of the program and the ability of the athletes to get into any boat and race hard. I'm proud of the way the team handled today's pressure." The varsity 8 remained undefeated in dual races this spring, now with a 9-0 mark.
The second varsity 8 also won its race with a time of 7:19.3. They were six seconds ahead of second place WPI. Smith was third (7:29.4), followed by Middlebury (7:47.0) and Colby (7:59.2). "The 2V did a great job today," explained Tynan. "They had some ups and downs in the days leading up to this race but set a nice rhythm through the middle of the race. They were able to build enough of a lead to hold off a strong charging WPI in the final 300 meters."
The third varsity 8 placed third in its four-boat race, only 4.6 seconds behind the winning crew from Middlebury (7:34.8). WPI was second with a time of 7:37.4. Smith finished fourth with a time of 7:44.5. "This was a tightly packed race for much of the distance. I think that the conditions got the better of this crew," said Tynan. "This crew has some clear areas to find speed and they're getting faster every time they get on the water."
The Wesleyan novice 8 was in a back and forth battle for first place and was edged at the finish line by Smith (7:53.7), which finished just 0.5 seconds ahead of the Cardinals (7:54.2). WPI finished third with a time of 8:04.2 and Smith in 8:33.4. "This was a fantastic race for these young athletes. Novice racing is usually decided early in the race so to be forced to go the distance is great experience," Tynan commented.
The squad heads to Medford, Mass. Sat., April 13 to race Tufts, #4 Bates and #5 Wellesley on Malden River for its next action.
(photo courtesy of Anthony Gruppuso P'16)