Crusaders Compete Versus UMass, MIT, UNH, Smith & Williams

Jackie Esperti

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women’s rowing team competed against UMass, Patriot League opponent MIT, New Hampshire, Smith and Williams on Lake Quinsigamond on Saturday morning. The Crusaders placed third in the second and third varsity eight races, while they finished fourth in the varsity eight and varsity four races. Williams won all of the varsity races.  

"We were pleased with our results for each of our boats," said head coach Patrick Diggins. "Williams, the current DIII champion, certainly lived up to their reputation as did the UMass Minutewomen. In the varsity race, we were very happy to be in contact with the UMass boat, and we just sprinted a little late to get by MIT, the latest addition to Patriot League Rowing. All of the programs that we raced are top notch and we were happy to be in the thick of it at the finish this early in the season.  We continue to keep our focus on being our fastest in early May."

The varsity eight race was won by Williams (7:14.60), followed by UMass (7:29.51), MIT (7:36.73), Holy Cross (7:37.33) and New Hampshire (7:41.11).

Williams (7:29.90) won the second varsity eight race as UMass (7:45.30) placed second, Holy Cross (7:56.82) placed third, New Hampshire (8:02.80) placed fourth and MIT (8:20.86) placed fifth.    

The third varsity eight race was also won by Williams (7:14.60), followed by UMass (7:29.50), Holy Cross (8:10.50), Smith “A” (8:27.00) and Smith “B” (8:37.00).

Williams (8:31.31) took the varsity four race as UMass “B” (8:36.03) finished second, New Hampshire “B” (8:36.76) finished third, Holy Cross (8:50.18) placed fourth, New Hampshire “A” (8:52.04) placed fifth and UMass “A” (9:08.50) placed sixth.    

The Crusaders return to action on April 10-11, when the varsity eight will travel to Camden, N.J. to compete at the Knecht Cup, while on April 10 the second varsity eight, the third varsity eight and the novice eight will row versus Smith and Trinity at Lake Quinsigamond.

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 third varsity eight: Callie Gorman, Jackie Jankowski, Jessica Daly, Sarah Weinstein, Alex Noonan, Caroline Cataldo, Amy Boerman, Michele Grenier.