The women's varsity 8 placed sixth in the Grand Final of the New England Rowing Championships Sat., May 4 in Worcester, Mass. The crew finished second in the morning heat of six crews, topping Tufts by 4.5 seconds to earn a qualifying spot. "This is a huge accomplishment for our program", said Head Coach Pat Tynan. "We haven't had a varsity 8 race in the Grand Finals of the New England Championships since 2001. It's been too long." This accomplished crew featured rowers Avery Mushinski '15, Remy Johnson '16, Kayla Cloud '14 (photo lower left), Clare Doyle '14 (photo lower right), Annie Dade '16, Hannah Korevaar '14, Robin Cotter '13 (photo lower middle) and Emilie Sinkler '14, guided by cox Ari Rudess '15.
The second varsity 8 missed qualifying for the Grand Finals by 0.2 seconds after being edged by WPI at the line. The crew went on the place first in the Petite Final, taking seventh overall of 13 crews. "This crew put up a great fight in the morning heat but we didn't have that extra gear when we needed it," said Coach Tynan. "This was obviously a big disappointment but the crew handled it in a productive way. In the afternoon racing they held off a strong charge by both UNH and Middlebury and were able to execute the sprint much more effectively than in the morning heat", Coach Tynan explained.
The third varsity 8 also raced in the afternoon Petite Final, placing first of four crews, beating Tufts by 5.8 seconds in the concluding race that gave the group seventh overall among 11 entries. "We had a much stronger afternoon final compared to the morning heat, " said Coach Tynan. "They made some adjustments to the later parts of the race and found some needed speed there."
With the varsity eight group from New Englands intact, the team made a return trip to Worcester, Mass. for the ECAC Collegiate Championships Sun., May 12. There were seven boats in each of three heats of the vardsity 8 and Wesleyan finished third in its heat behind Bates and New Hampshire to make the petite final. Wesleyan took fourth in the petite final, won by Ithaca. Wesleyan was seven seconds behind the Bombers. In the second varsity 8 event, Wesleyan captured ninth place while the third varsity 8 took seventh, winning the petite final. There were 17 boats in the second varsity eight and 19 in the third varsity eight. The ECACs concluded varsity racing for the spring.
Following the season, the NESCAC announced its all-conference squads and Cotter was a member of the all-NESCAC first-team while Doyle found a spot on the all-NESCAC second-team. The College Rowing Coaches Association also announced its All-America squad and Cloud was one of just nine members of the first team. Five of the nine first-team members were from NESCAC colleges.