Bears Sweep Mount Holyoke on the Thames

Bears Sweep Mount Holyoke on the Thames

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard won both the Varsity 8 and Novice 8 races this morning against Mount Holyoke on the Thames River

It was a beautiful morning for racing in New London.  The wind was low, at 3-4 mph from the North, providing a slight tailwind against an opposing tide.  The water was calm, and the visibility was clear. 

The Coast Guard Varsity 8 raced against the Mount Holyoke Varsity 8 at 9:00, made a line-up change, and then headed back to the starting line to race the Mount Holyoke Novice 8 at 9:45.

Both races were very solid for the Coast Guard crew.  In the first race, Coast Guard had a smooth start, and gradually picked up speed through the first 500 meters, settling at a competitive rate, and working their race plan to continue to take seats on the trailing crew.  Coast Guard won with a time of 7:36.31 while Mount Holyoke finished in 7:58.

In the second race, the crew took their experience from the first race to build confidence into the piece, and they were able to garner more relaxation, making for longer, more effective strokes.  They sprinted across the line with fury, culminating at the highest cadence yet this season. Coast Guard crossed the line in 7:56.64 to beat Mount Holyoke's 8:48.46.

"I am extremely pleased with the approach the women took to their races this morning.  From the first strokes of the warm-up, the women set a precedence of rowing collected and strong," said head coach Jodi Hope. "They competed fiercely down the course, consistently seeking speed and not letting up on their power.  They then turned around and did it again, taking advantage of the opportunity to make their strokes even better the second time around, and seeking added speed.  Today's races set us up well for our preparation this week heading into the NEWMAC Championship on Saturday."

TODAY'S COAST GUARD LINE UPS:

V8 Line-Up 1:

C – Victoria Castleberry

8 – Sarah Kukich

7 – Brynna Cooke

6 – Karisa Maurer

5 – Alyssa Laystrom

4 – Savannah Lyle

3 – Megan Sackett

2 – Tara Strauss

1 – Zoe Bolling

 

V8 Line-Up 2:

C – Kathryn Haerr

8 – Sarah Kukich

7 – Brynna Cooke

6 – Karisa Maurer

5 – Alyssa Laystrom

4 – Tess Heimerman

3 – Megan Sackett

2 – Tara Strauss

1 – Zoe Bolling