May 2, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's rowing team competed in the New England Championship on Saturday afternoon at Lake Quinnsigamond. In the regatta of 24 boats, the Crusaders finished in second place. In the second varsity eight, Williams finished first with a time 7:04.822 while the Crusaders' boat of coxswain Laura LeBourdais and rowers Kelly St. Germain, Mara Piltin, Odet Douglass, Maura Hogan, Jacqueline Esperti, Katherine Byrns, Meridith Malysz and Margorzata Smas placed second (7:15.424) followed by Bates (7:17.702), Trinity (7:21.698), Tufts (7:27.943) and Wellesley (7:32.181).
In the third varsity eight race, Williams recorded a first-place time of 7:04.574 followed by Wellesley (7:30.613) and Holy Cross' boat of coxswain Amanda Woodgate and rowers Callie Gorman, Sarah Palilla, Jackie Jankowski, Mary Kate Cullen, Jennifer Beaudoin, Sarah Weinstein, Claire Moynihan and Jessica Ripp in third place (7:30.680).
In the women's novice eight, Smith placed first time with a time of 7:34.981 while Colby finished second (7:37.483), Wesleyan in third (7:37.773), Holy Cross' boat of coxswain Jillian Sollazzo, Eliza Gettel, Katherine Broderick, Simone Blanchard, Mollie Sydklowski, Caroline Cataldo, Amy Boerman and Catherine Flynn in fourth place with a time of 7:39.989. Tufts finished in fifth with a time of 7:44.619 while Middlebury closed out the six-boat race with a time of 7:50.751.
In the varsity eight, Williams recorded a first-place time of 6:55.884, followed by Bates (6:58.086), Trinity (6:58.521), New Hampshire (7:07.236), Holy Cross' boat of coxswain Katie Donnelly and rowers Monika Mangsen, Lis Flaherty, Johanna Cubelli, Abby Hammond, Meaghan Pedlow, Bethany Charron, Clare Bracikowski and Nicole Gabana (7:15.069) and Smith (7:22.265).
The Holy Cross second novice eight of coxswain Cassandra Medeiros and rowers Christina Giudice, Krista Scorsune, Emily Safko, Mattea Cumoletti, Alyssa Murphy, Brianna Medeiros, Jessica Daly and Anna Parrin finished fifth with a time of 8:36.903. Vermont finished first in the race with a time of 7:42.744, followed by Weslyan (8:00.847), Simmons (8:02.829) and Smith (8:10.926).
The Crusaders return on action on May 9-10 traveling to Camden, N.J., competing at the ECAC National Invitational Championship.