SLU women's crew team cap successful spring trip with 1V, 2V victories at Mayor's Cup
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 9:44 pm

The St. Lawrence University women's crew team posted strong performances in its first race of the spring season when it traveled to Tampa, FL to take part in the Mayor's Cup.  The Saints 1V and 2V both earned their first gold medals of the season, defeating their competition by open water.  

"Our goals for the week were to make individual technical progress, begin the seat selection process for the 1V and 2V lineups, and start to capture some of the  boat speed that the women's hard-won fitness makes possible," said St. Lawrence Head Coach Nick Hughes.  "The women are becoming more efficient and effective each practice.  The crews are starting to move well, turning in solid races to close out the week.  So, I'd say the trip was a success on all fronts."

The 1V, which faced a full field of competitors, raced the short 1500m course in a time of 5:24.80, roughly nine seconds ahead of second place Hamilton (5:33.87).  Senior Liz Stokes-Cawley stroked the 8+, while classmate Lauren Reed was the coxswain.  Also rowing for St. Lawrence was senior Catie LePage, junior Brianna Tidd, and sophomores Jesse Burdett, Maddy Fones, Maggie Fellows, Britton Weber and Alissa McCaffrey. 

The 2V raced a time of 5:28.50, well ahead of Hamilton (5:35.53) which was its only competition in the field.  First-year student Alie Mihuta stroked the second 8+, while sophomore Kelly Greenwood was the coxswain.  Juniors Amanda Brewer, Jeannine Condon and Liz Weber, sophomore Sally Danker, and first-years Kait Murphy, Alyssa Goley and Anna Lavanger also rowed for the Saints. 

The Saints varsity 4+, which consisted of several novice rowers, showed good rhythm coming down the course just seconds behind the rest of the field with a time of 6:49.30.  Senior Maggie Weiner stroked the 4+, while first-year Tori Vossler was the coxswain.  Also rowing for the Saints were first-years Maili Scott, Jenette Kloss and Abbie McIvor.   

"We know that we need to do much to fulfill our promise," added Hughes, "but that's a reflection of how good we can be.  This isn't a squad that shies away from challenges or hard work."

The Saints will compete against RIT on March 26th in Rochester, NY.