The St. Lawrence University women's rowing team completed its fall portion of the season on Saturday at the 2013 Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga, NY. The Saints entered two boats in the collegiate 8+ race, finishing 13th and 14th respectively while the novice 8+ was 8th despite having five rowers compete prior to the competition.
"At St. Lawrence, the fall has always been about building a depth of technical proficiency and fitness that best supports our spring racing season. This season, we felt that the best way of setting ourselves up for the winter training period was by racing two varsity eights in even boatings," said St. Lawrence Director of Rowing Nick Hughes. "Posting results that place us solidly in the company of the first and second varsity crews from our spring competitors is cause for optimism."
The Saints' pair of varsity 8+'s were separated by less than two seconds. The "A" boat, which finished 13th, was coxed by Amy Yao and was comprised of Gabriela Schreffler, Monica Bedford, Brooke Whitney, Kailash Heron, Abigail McIvor, Karen Blakelock, Heidi Weiss and Jen Longwell. The "B" boat included Grace Conrad, Sarah Evarts, Eleanor Jones, Daniela Stokes, Mikayla Thomas, Taylor Lincoln, Hannah Durant, Jenette Kloss and coxswain Yuki McQueeney.
St. Lawrence entered two boats in the varsity 4+'s race, finishing 13th and 19th overall. The "A" boat, which was 13th in a time of 15:42.86, included Weiss, Stokes, McIvor, Kloss and Yao. Schreffler, Conrad, Jones, Blakelock and McQueeney made up the "B" boat, which finished in 16:16.81.
The women's novice 8+ picked up the highest finish of the day in 8th position with a time of 15:27.03 despite having five student-athletes who competed prior to the race. The crew included Allison Chertack, Alexis Bruno, Grace Bodkin, Bedford, Whitney, Evarts, Thomas, Heron and coxswain Emma Morgan.
"Coming down the course, we were rowing well, appropriately expressing urgency with a consistently aggressive stroke rate, despite the challenge of the head wind. A little bad luck probably kept us out of the top five, but that's the nature of novice racing," added Coach Hughes. "It's a very capable group of first-year women who are sure to make meaningful contributions in our varsity boats come spring."
The women's novice 4+ raced in 22:11.48 for 11th place, and was comprised of Laura Greshin, Samantha Holmes, Elizabeth Miller, Jessica Williams and coxswain Sarah Heatherton.
The Saints will begin their indoor training in the coming weeks, and are slated to return to the water on March 29, 2014 in a dual-race with St. John Fisher in Rochester, NY.