April 13, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - The Holy Cross crew teams resumed racing this weekend, Saturday-Sunday, April 9-10, on Lake Quinsigamond. On Saturday, the women competed against Mt. Holyoke, Smith, Trinity and Williams, while the men raced Trinity and Massachusetts. There was a steady tailwind throughout the day but the water remained fairly calm.
The women's varsity eight race turned out to be a very exciting and competitive event as they finished fifth with a time of 6:55.0. The second varsity eight also had the challenge of racing a field of four other schools. Holy Cross pulled through the finish line fourth with a time of 7:14.83. The varsity four finished strong, clocking in at 7:58.36.
The Crusaders' men's varsity eight completed their race in 5:54.73 seconds, just 4.2 seconds behind Trinity and beating Massachusetts by almost 19 seconds. The men's second varsity eight fought through every stroke of their race, finishing with a time of 6:14.67, just behind Trinity by 3.3 seconds. The varsity four presided over the field and took first place with a 6:52.45, beating Massachusetts by two seconds and Trinity by four seconds.
The Crusaders came back strong the following day when they competed in the Worcester City Championships on Sunday, April 10. Holy Cross competed against WPI, Washington College, Clark and Assumption.
The women's varsity eight became aggressive in order to pull off a strong win. They took first place with a time of 6:55.6, as Washington College finished with a 7:00.9, WPI with a 7:02.43 and Clark with a 7:24.68. The women's second varsity eight proved themselves during their 2,000-meter race by crossing the finish line first with a 7:12.00, 2.33 seconds over Washington College and 43 seconds ahead of Clark. The Crusaders' varsity four took off at the starting line and never looked back as they finished with a time of 8:01.9, 10 seconds ahead of Washington College and 16 seconds ahead of WPI. The novice eight took first place, as well, beating Washington College by three seconds.
The men's varsity eight absolutely flew during their race and took first place with a time of 5:56.8, 18 seconds over WPI. The second varsity eight also finished their race first with a time of 6:18.42, beating WPI by 29 seconds. Holy Cross' varsity four powered their way down the course finishing above the competition with a 7:01.87; they were 10 seconds ahead of the second place finish. The racing continued to get more and more exciting throughout the day, with the men's novice eight being the last race to be held. Holy Cross won the race with a 6:25.1, beating WPI's who finished with a time of 6:34.31.
Next weekend the Crusaders return to Lake Quinsigamond to face Tufts, Ithaca and Connecticut College on Saturday, April 16. The men's team will also race the University of Delaware on Sunday, April 17 on Lake Quinsigamond.