Holy Cross Women's Rowing Hosts The Snake Regatta

Mara Piltin

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross finished with two boats in the top five in the women's varsity eight race at the Snake Regatta on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. on Saturday as the women's rowing team opened its fall season. In all, 25 boats competed in the women's 8+ race.

The women's varsity eight from Mount Holyoke took first with a time of 16:49.914, four-and-a-half seconds ahead of Bates' women's varsity eight. The Crusaders' women's varsity eight of senior coxswain Caroline Krug (Buffalo, N.Y.), senior Monika Mangsen (Holden, Mass.), junior Katherine Byrns (Manhasset, N.Y.) and sophomores Kate Broderick (West Newbury, Mass.), Beth Charron (Manchester, N.H.), Eliza Gettel (Merrimack, N.H.), Meaghan Pedlow (Charlotte, N.C.) and freshmen Aleks Torres (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Catherine Roy (Holliston, Mass.) finished in third place with a time of 17:00.589. Holy Cross' women's second varsity eight of freshman coxswain Claire Scherer (Kenmore, N.Y.), seniors Mary Kate Cullen (Long Valley, N.J.), co-captain Abigail Hammond (Holliston, Mass.), co-captain Mara Piltin (Medford, N.J.) and Ashley Fish (Hingham, Mass.), junior Odet Douglass (St. Simons Island, Ga.) and sophomores Simone Blanchard (Springfield, Mass.), Jackie Esperti (Charlton, N.Y.) and Mollie Sydlowski (Amesbury, Mass.) took fifth in 17:39.436.

The Holy Cross lightweight eight of sophomore coxswain Amanda Woodgate (Duxbury, Mass.), seniors Erika Harrington (Bellingham, Wash.) and Jessica Ripp (Amherst, N.H.), junior Claire Moynahan (Sandwich, Mass.), sophomores Amy Boerman (Shelburne, Vt.), Jess Daly (Scarborough, Maine), Callie Gorman (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Sarah Palilla (Folsom, Calif.) and freshman Michele Grenier (Menands, N.Y.) finished 13th with a time of 18:49.978. The women's third varsity eight of sophomore coxswain Jill Sollazzo (Bethlehem, Pa.), senior Andrea Simari (Rochester, Minn.), juniors Sarah Weinstein (Nashua, N.H.) and Jackie Jankowski (Shrewsbury, Mass.), sophomores Caroline Cataldo (North Andover, Mass.) and Anne Parrin (Edina, Minn.) and freshmen Kaleigh Hahn (Ellicott City, Md.), Ali Hartman (Beverly, Mass.) and Colleen Sharry (Braintree, Mass.) crossed the line 15th in 19:22.001.

The Crusaders return to action Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 17-18 in Boston, Mass. at the Head of the Charles Regatta. Saturday's action is scheduled to begin at 7:45 a.m., and the races on Sunday are set to start at 8:00 a.m.