October 29, 2011

Women's Rowing Records Two Top 10 Finishes At The Head Of The Schuylkill

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. ­­– The Holy Cross women's rowing team recorded two strong performances in the club eight race at the 41st Head of the Schuylkill Regatta on Saturday, as Holy Cross "A" placed third and Holy Cross "B" finished eighth out of 16 boats. The varsity eight was also scheduled to compete in the championship eight race but because of the storm, that event was canceled. Holy Cross also decided not to row in several small boat races because of the stormy conditions.

Drexel won the club eight race with a time of 14:35.72. Holy Cross "A" posted a time of 15:17.50 and Holy Cross "B" notched a time of 15:54.72.

"The weather was incredibly bad with heavy rain, sleet, snow and wind," said Holy Cross head coach Patrick Diggins. "Coach Piotti and I decided not to race the pairs, singles and doubles because of the weather. The conditions deteriorated after we launched our second and third varsity eights and the race organizers made the right decision to cancel after that race. Regardless, we are very happy with our performances in such bad conditions. All of the athletes came off the water frozen and soaked but all thought they had very good rows. They focused and performed very well and showed that they're tough competitors. Unfortunately, the varsity eight didn't have the opportunity to race, but we're sure that they also would have risen to the occasion. We're very proud of all of them."

The Crusaders return to action when the novice team concludes the fall season on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Green Monster Regatta in Hanover, N.H.

Club Eight Race
Holy Cross "A":
Jill Sollazzo (coxswain), Bridget Schirripa, Jackie Esperti, Kate Diggins, Kelsey Marakovits, Elizabeth Tobey, Simone Blanchard, Ali Finn, Sally Quinn.

Holy Cross "B": Meiling May (coxswain), Kiley McLean, Samantha Granison, Abbey Wilkman, Adrienne Randall, Catherine Bogdanowicz, Catherine Mezes, Rachel Gannon, Debbie Sokolowski.