The St. Lawrence University women's crew team posted the program's best showing in the Collegiate Eights event at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday, finishing seventh out of 31 entries and fifth of all Division III entries.
"The women had a solid row, showing both relaxation and effort down the course," said Coach Nick Hughes. "Lauren steered a great line on a very challenging course and called a great race as well. I think they can afford to be a little more aggressive with the rating, and as long as the women are willing to commit to supporting it with vigor, they'll capture some more speed. Still, the result is an indication that St. Lawrence remains in the top tier of Division III rowing."
The varsity eight negotiated the three-mile course in 17:18.094, less than two seconds behind sixth place University of New Hampshire. The Saints bested fellow Liberty League opponents William Smith (8th), Hamilton College (20th) and University of Rochester (22nd). Williams College won the event with a time of 16:24.219.
The eight was stroked by senior Elizabeth Stokes-Cawley, while classmate Lauren Reed was the coxswain. Also powering for the Saints was senior Catie Lepage and sophomores Maggie Fellows, Maddie Fones, Britton Weber, Alissa McCaffrey, Kaitlin Summers and Jesse Burdett.
St. Lawrence will close out its fall season on Saturday, October 30 when the Saints compete in the Head of the Fish Regatta.