Sophomore Tasha Wypych(Wellington, New Zealand) of the Merrimack College women’s rowing team raced unattached over the weekend at the 2016 CRASH-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships held at Agganis Arena in Boston, winning the Lightweight U-23/College events. Wypych is the first individual world champion to come from Merrimack.
“I thought that if she had a great piece and pulled her PR, she could get on the podium,” said head coach Dave LeFebvre. “We adjusted her training to get her as ready as possible and she rose to the occasion. Tasha pulled her best time by nearly four seconds – a huge margin – and won the event!”
Wypych clocked in at 07:30.7, beating the second-place finisher by nearly four seconds. She finished in first among 23 competitors that raced under the U-23-C distinction.
This past weekend marked the 35th edition of the CRASH-B Sprints, and the eighth straight year that is has been held at Agganis Arena. It featured over 2,300 competitors representing over 20 countries. National teams from Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Australia, Ukraine, Mexico and the Faroe Islands traveled to compete in the event.
Wypych competed at the bow in Merrimack’s five events last season, that featured three first-place and two second-place Varsity Fours finishes. The Warriors received their first-ever national ranking last season, and their Varsity Fours unit was ranked No. 1 regionally for the majority of the year.
The Navy and Gold head down to South Carolina this month for their annual spring break training before opening the spring at the Knecht Cup on April 8 in Mercer County, N.J.