2016 Women's Rowing Preview

2016 Women's Rowing Preview

Coast Guard's Varsity 8 which placed fourth at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships last year will be led by senior captain Sarah Kukich and Karisa Maurer.

Kuckich, who battled injury during her first two seasons, was coxswain for the men's team during the 2013-'14 season before returning to the women's team. She was the stroke of the Varsity 8 for most of last season and led the Varsity 4 to a silver medal at the ECAC's.

Maurer has been a strong contributor to the team over the past three seasons and has sat in the stroke seat for many races over her career. Last year in the ECAC's she led the Bears to a .4 second win over WPI in the third level final.

The co-captains will continue to guide the team with their strong leadership and work ethic. They have built the program lending greater depth and competitive opportunities on the squad.

This Spring, the Bears will welcome back juniors Savannah Lyle and Megan Sackeet, who were both on exchange in the Fall semester.

In the Fall, the Bears won the Head of the Housatonic for the second straight season and placed sixth at the Head of the Fish. Coast Guard finished one second behind Division I Marist while beating Division I Colgate by four seconds.

The Spring season will once again see the Bears challenged each and every week beginning on March 26th in Boston against MIT, Simmons and Smith.

The Bears will see defending national champion Trinity along with Tufts, Mount Holyoke and Hamilton on April 2nd before battling UMass-Lowell and Colby on April 9th.

The only home race of the season on April 16th will see the Bears against Mount Holyoke, Johnson & Wales and Connecticut College before championship season begins with NEWMAC, New England and the ECAC Championships to round out the schedule.

"Overall, I am really pleased with the stat of the team," said Coast Guard head coach Jodi Hope. "I think we have a lot of fun competition to look ahead to this season. With two 8's, we will be able to continue to challenge one another as athletes and coaches strive for new speed every day. We will build off the good results in the Fall and keep seeking successes along the way."