May 11, 2014

Varsity 8 Has Break Out Day at ECAC Championship

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Bears Varsity 8 had a breakout day, exhibiting huge gains in speed and racing maturity over previous weeks, and capping the day with a strong win in the 3rd level final at the ECAC Championship.

In the morning heat, Coast Guard battled with WPI for a spot in the petite final.  A four-second gap edged them out by a boat length.  There was disappointment, but this was a strong performance by the Bears: last week they trailed WPI by more than 12 seconds. 

In the afternoon final, Coast Guard was setting the pace for the field from the start.  They led by half a boat length in the first 1000 and then extended that distance out to open water in the second 1000.  In the sprint, UNH took back a little of that distance, but the Bears held on to finish a full boat length ahead.  

After finishing 18 seconds behind UNH last weekend, this win was huge for Coast Guard. It was also the first time this season they had beaten NEWMAC rival Smith College.  Coast Guard was the third place finisher out of NEWMAC competition this weekend.

Line-up:

c - Victoria Mock

8 - Maren Balke

7 - Cathy Durand

6 - Judy Hooymans

5 - Elyse Bobczynski

4 - Brynna Cooke

3 - Savannah Lyle

2 - Emily Quallen

1 - Karisa Maurer 

"I couldn't be more proud of these athletes.  They executed each race as planned and competed with fierce determination and focus.  The gains made over the season speak tremendously to their relentless effort to continuously improve and seek personal excellence," said interim head coach Jodi Hope.  

Results:

Heat:

1 - Bates - 6:48.017

2 - Wellesley - 6:52.406

3 - Tufts - 6:59.935

4 - WPI - 7:04.936

5 - Coast Guard - 7:09.080

6 - Mt. Holyoke - 7:17.804

7 - Skidmore - 7:42.025

 

3rd Final:

1 - Coast Guard - 7:12.249

2 - UNH - 7:16.061

3 - Mt. Holyoke - 7:19.370

4 - Smith - 7:21.033

5 - Simmons - 7:24.619

6 - Clark - 7:43.371

The Open Women's Four event was originally scheduled with morning heats for qualifying to either a Petite or Grand Final in the afternoon.  After a scratch from the Trinity entry, the field dropped to seven entries and changed to a Grand Final-only event.  

Coast Guard exhibited a strong second 1000, making a big move on Washington College and finishing under 2 seconds out of sixth place.  The Bears had been trailing by as much as a boat and a half behind Washington College coming into the last 500, at which time they switched to a new gear and utilized a strong sprint to draw the boats nearly even.

Open Women's Four:

c - Elaine Dana

4 - Laura Beck

3 - Tasha Bull

2 - Jane Saunders

1 - Megan Sackett

"This was a great finish for the four.  They utilized skills we had worked on over the week to position themselves very competitively and to maintain composure and fight to the finish. I am proud of this group: in many ways this has been a relatively tumultuous season for the team as we had to juggle line-ups due to injuries and having only one coxswain" said Hope. " As such, these athletes were tasked with setting their own line-up for this final race and choosing a coxswain out of a group of rowers.  They handled this challenge well and made the most out of the opportunity to race and closed out the season very well."

Results:

1 - Bates - 7:55.513

2 - UNH - 7:55.775

3 - William Smith - 8:02.363

4 - St Lawrence - 8:04.395

5 - Conn College - 8:30.895

6 - Washington College - 8:37.182

7 - Coast Guard - 8:38.972

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