WORCESTER, Mass. – Strong performances by both varsity boats led to first place finishes as the Holy Cross women’s rowing team competed against Coast Guard, Mount Holyoke and Wesleyan on Lake Quinsigamond to start the spring season. “I thought we had a solid performance for a very early season race,” commented head coach Patrick Diggins. “Our squad is very young and needs good racing experience. We had a good experience and learned where we need to focus our efforts moving forward.”
Holy Cross’ varsity eight team finished first with a time of 6:50.77. Mt. Holyoke finished second with a time of 6:51.80 Wesleyan finished third with a time of 6:54.09 and Coast Guard finished fourth with a time of 6:54.11.
The Crusaders took first in the second varsity eight boat with a time of 7:00.00, Mt. Holyoke took second with a time of 7:08.65, Wesleyan finished third with a time of 7:21.40 and Coast Guard finished fourth with a time of 7:45.55.
After some equipment problems, the Holy Cross novice boat finished third with a time of 8:02.25. Mt. Holyoke won the race with a time of 7:47.47. Wesleyan took second with a time of 7:50.34 and Coast Guard finished fourth with a time of 7:21.40.
The Crusaders return to action on Sunday, March 28, as they will race against Simmons and Smith on Lake Quinsigamond at 9:00 a.m.
Holy Cross varsity eight: Claire Scherer, Aleks Torres, Beth Charron, Catherine Roy, Monika Mangsen, Meaghan Pedlow, Mollie Sydlowski, Eliza Gettel, Kate Broderick.
Holy Cross second varsity eight: Odet Douglass, Abigail Hammond, Katherine Byrns, Simone Blanchard, Jackie Esperti, Mary Kate Cullen, Ashley Fish, Mara Piltin.
Holy Cross novice eight: Ali Bujold, Ali Hartman, Sally Quinn, Alex Noonan, Colleen Sharry, Janelle DiMartino, Catherine Ward, Katie O'Connor, Michele Grenier.