WORCESTER, Mass. — The eighth-ranked Merrimack College women’s crew team captured the Women’s Varsity 4+ at the New England Rowing Championships on Saturday. The Warriors were the only team to crack the eight-minute barrier in the finals and won their qualifying heat by more than 11 seconds.
Event: New England Rowing Championships
Location: Lake Quinsigamond (Worcester, Mass.)
What They Said
Head Coach David LeFebvre: “It was a great day with perfect conditions and solid racing. In addition to the gold medals and trophy, the ladies also were awarded the shirts from the other 10 teams in our event. It was a good day. I am very proud of them. We will resume our training on Tuesdayto prepare for the Dad Vail in Philadelphia next weekend.”
How It Happened
The Warriors utilized the same lineup as the last few weeks, as they entered the tournament with back-to-back first-place finishes. The Merrimack lineup consisted of coxswain Jess Khoury (Bay Shore, N.Y.), stroke Aubrey O’Neill(Pawcatuck, Conn.), third seat Lydia Staschke (Guilford, Conn.), fourth seat Lauren Blazon (Lowell, Mass.) and Tasha Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) on the bow.
Merrimack competed against Division I competition in UMass Lowell and Bryant. Northeast-10 programs in Assumption and Franklin Pierce also competed in the events.
1) Merrimack – 7:58.111
2) UMass Lowell – 8:02.644
3) Bowdoin – 8:06.247
4) Connecticut College – 8:16.590
5) Franklin Pierce – 8:18.147
6) Bryant – 8:29.858
The Warriors will hit the water again next Friday and Saturday, competing in the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, on the Schuykill River.