Oct. 19, 2008
BOSTON, Mass. - The Holy Cross women's rowing team competed in the annual Head of the Charles regatta this past weekend. The Head of the Charles is the largest two-day regatta and attracts the best teams from around the world. The Crusaders competed in some of the most competitive events offered, including the Women's Club Eight on Saturday afternoon and Championship Eight and Lightweight Eight races on Sunday afternoon.
In Saturday's competition, Holy Cross finished 33rd out of 45 boats in the Women's Club Eight race, with a time of 19:14.520. The Crusaders boat was composed of Laura LeBourdais, Maura Hogan, senior Lis Flaherty (Lincolnwood, Ill.), junior Abby Hammond (Holliston, Mass.), junior Ashley Fish (Hingham, Mass.), freshman Jaqueline Esperti (Charlton, N.Y.), senior Mary Kate Cullen (Long Valley, N.J.), sophomore Jackie Jankowski (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and sophomore Nicole Gabana (East Stroudsburg).
On Sunday, the Crusaders finished 38th out of 38 boats in the Championship Eight race, with a time 18:19.549. Holy Cross' boat was composed of senior Katie Donnelly (Marstons Mills, Mass.), junior Monika Mangsen (Holden, Mass.), sophomore Katherine Byrns (Manhasset, N.Y.), senior Johanna Cubelli (Boonton Township, N.J.), freshman Bethany Charron (Manchester, N.H.), freshman Meaghan Pedlow (Charlotte, N.C.), senior Malgorzata Smas (Bristol, Conn.), senior Clare Bracikowski (Brentwood, Tenn.) and junior Mara Piltin (Medford, N.J.). In the Lightweight Eight race, the Crusaders' placed 14th out of 14 boats, finishing with a time of 19:36.146, just behind the Lake Union Crew (19:34.146). Holy Cross' boat was composed of freshman Amanda Woodgate (Duxbury, Mass.), senior co-captain Kelly St. Germain (Cambridge, Mass.), senior Meridith Malysz (Wilbraham, Mass.), senior Jennifer Beaudoin (Holdon, Mass.), Sarah Palilla, Claire Moynahan, junior Jessica Ripp (Amherst, N.H.), Callie Gorman and freshman Sarah Cicchetti (Farmington, Conn.).
The women's rowing team returns to action when they compete in the Princeton Chase Regatta in Princeton, N.J., scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m.