Women's Crew Rows Past Middlebury, Colby and Smith in Four-Team Affair in Hadley, Mass.
The women's crew traveled to Hadley, Mass. to race Smith, Colby and Middlebury Sat., April 5. The race, originally scheduled to be held on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass, had to be moved due to ice on the lake.
In the varsity 8 race, behind the efforts of Ava Miller-Lewis '17, Remy Johnson '16, Annie Dade '16, Emma Koramshahi '16, Kayla Cloud '14, Clare Doyle '14, Emily Johnson '13, Hannah Korevaar '14 and cox Brianne Weimann '15, Wesleyan jumped out to an early lead with Middlebury close behind. "We responded to every push Middlebury made and stayed cool in a tight race," said Head Coach Pat Tynan. "We have a few technical things to work out in order to continue to find more speed and we're confident we can do that," added Coach Tynan. Wesleyan won the race in 6:54.5. Middlebury was second in 6:57.5, Colby finished third in 7:15.1 and Smith fourth in 7:29.1.
The second varsity 8 race saw Wesleyan establish an early lead and continue to open the gap. "Our 2V is a very fit crew with a great attitude. They love to compete and push the varsity every day," said Coach Tynan. Wesleyan was first in 8:27.6, Colby was second in 8:48.5 followed by Smith and Middlebury.
The third varsity 8 capped off the day with a decisive win. Wesleyan was first in 8:11.3, Smith finished second in 8:53.6, followed by Middlebury and Colby.
The first race of the day was the women's novice 8. Wesleyan and Smith both got off the starting line ahead of Middlebury and the Smith "B" and established themselves as the early leaders. A wake from a passing fishing boat hit the Wesleyan crew hard and knocked them back about five seats. They kept their composure and grit and were able to row down Smith and break into open water by the 1000-meter mark. Wesleyan won the race in 7:52.8. Smith was second in 8:14.1 followed by Middlebury in 8:20.1 and Smith "B" in 9:11.3.
"This was a really solid day for the our team after a week of some missed water time and travel to our alternate site due to flooding of the Connecticut River. There is a fantastic environment at the boathouse and all of the athletes are motivated to see how fast they can be," said Coach Tynan.
Ahead for the team is the annual excursion to Malden, Mass. to take on Tufts, Bates and Wellesley in a pair of dual races. The Cardinals take on the Bobcats in the first round, then winners and losers compete in the second round of action.
(photo courtesy of Anthony Grupposo P'16)