WORCESTER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s rowing team earned a bronze medal in the grand final of the women’s Novice Fours event at the New England Rowing Championships on Saturday, with warm and sunny conditions in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Event: New England Rowing Championships
Location: Lake Quinsigamond | Worcester, Mass.
What They Said
Head Coach David LeFebvre: “Both our crews raced well in the morning heats to comfortably qualify for the grand finals. The Novice Four was especially impressive, as it made a huge turnaround from last week’s defeat to Northeast-10 Conference rivals Franklin Pierce and Assumption, and won its heat by open water. We spent the week making some adjustments to the boat and our race plan, and the girls raced much better. They beat Franklin Pierce by the closest margin of the day, which was 0.002 seconds and also Assumption, and grabbed a bronze medal. The novices rose to the occasion and had their best race of the year at their biggest and last race.
The Varsity Four raced strong in the heat and raced hard in the final. Its fourth-place finish was heartbreaking, but we are proud of how hard they fought in the grand final.”
How It Happened
In the women’s Varsity Fours event, the Navy and Gold was led by its lineup of sophomore coxswain Jess Khoury (Bay Shore, N.Y.), senior captain and stroke Aubrey O’Neill(Pawcatuck, Conn.), senior third seat Lydia Staschke (Guilford, Conn.), junior second seat Lauren Blazon (Lowell, Mass.) and sophomore Tasha Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) on the bow.
The team placed fourth overall in the grand final of the Varsity Fours with a time of 8:02.974, as it trailed third-place UMass Lowell by 2.628 seconds. The five girls posted a second-place finish during the second heat of the preliminary round, as the group posted a time of 8:00.218. The mark stood as the third-lowest time in the entire preliminary round, which consisted of 13 teams between the two heats.
The Novice Four performed admirably, as the Warriors turned to their typical lineup of sophomore coxswain Hillary Farrell (Jefferson, Mass.), junior stroke Amy Wengefeld(Old Saybrook, Conn.), freshman third seat Rebecca Cleary (Milford, N.H.), freshman second seat Emily Crowe (Ridgewood, N.J.) and freshman Ashley Augulewicz(Beverly, Mass.) on the bow.
The girls made an instant impact when they hit the water, as the cohesive unit earned first-place honors out of seven teams in the second heat of the preliminary round with a time of 8:32.404. The Warriors’ boat cleared second-place Assumption by 6.941 seconds.
The team put forth a wonderful performance in the grand final, as it finished third overall with a time of 8:13.716 en route to claiming a bronze medal. The time cleared fourth-place Franklin Pierce by 0.002 seconds and trailed second-place Williams by 0.674 seconds.
Women’s Varsity Fours Grand Final Results
1. Connecticut College 7:56.660
2. Bowdoin 7:57.381
3. UMass Lowell 8:00.346
4. Merrimack College 8:02.974
5. Bryant 8:10.512
6. Clark 8:25.130
Women’s Novice Fours Grand Final Results
1. Bowdoin 8:08.108
2. Williams 8:13.042
3. Merrimack College 8:13.716
4. Franklin Pierce 8:13.718
5. Assumption 8:31.940
6. Wesleyan 8:37.123
Women’s Varsity Fours Preliminaries – Heat 2 Results
1. Connecticut College 7:55.331
2. Merrimack College 8:00.218
3. Clark 8:06.004
4. Franklin Pierce 8:14.453
5. Roger Williams 9:06.358
6. Mass Maritime 10:00.344
Women’s Novice Fours Preliminaries – Heat 2 Results
1. Merrimack College 8:32.404
2. Assumption 8:39.345
3. Wesleyan 8:44.007
4. Fairfield 8:45.552
5. Colby College 8:48.768
6. Wellesley 8:52.540
7. Bryant 9:00.994
The Warriors will compete in the Dad Vail Regatta on Friday, May 13 – Saturday, May 14 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.