WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's rowing team finished fourth out of 25 teams at the New England Championship on Saturday on Lake Quinsigamond. The second varsity eight won the bronze medal by placing third, while the varsity eight and the novice eight finished fifth and the novice four placed sixth as all four boats qualified for the finals.
The varsity eight (6:41.018) placed second out of five boats in its heat as Williams (6:27.067) finished first. Williams (6:34.024) then took the championship, while Bates (6:41.614), Wellesley (6:42.788), Trinity (6:45.792), the Crusaders (6:46.566) and New Hampshire (6:48.941) placed behind.
The second varsity eight (6:51.414) recorded a second place finish out of five boats in its heat, while Williams (6:45.919) won. Williams (6:40.935) also earned the championship as Bates (6:44.851) finished second, Holy Cross (6:50.657) placed third, Trinity (6:51.034) finished fourth, Smith (6:55.285) placed fifth and Wellesley (6:56.600) finished sixth.
The novice eight (7:06.799) earned a second place finish in its heat as Williams (6:53.108) placed first. Williams (6:45.509) won the finals as Trinity (6:47.625), Wellesley (7:02.228), New Hampshire (7:07.175), the Crusaders (7:10.275) and Tufts (7:11.670) finished behind.
The novice four (8:29.927) finished third out of six boats in its heat behind Amherst (8:26.824) and Simmons (8:28.845). The Crusaders then placed sixth in the finals. Bowdoin (7:57.258) won the title followed by Amherst (8:08.335), Connecticut College (8:10.643), New Hampshire (8:18.106), Simmons (8:38.800) and the Crusaders (8:51.855).
The Crusaders return to action on Lake Quinsigamond on Sunday, May 8, when they compete at the ECAC National Invitational at 8:00 a.m.
Holy Cross varsity eight: Claire Scherer (coxswain), Laura Alves, Katherine Byrns, Catherine Roy, Beth Charron, Mollie Sydlowski, Meaghan Pedlow, Bridget Schirripa, Kate Broderick.