Second Varsity 8 Captures 3rd Level Final

Second Varsity 8 Captures 3rd Level Final

WORCESTER, Mass. –  The Coast Guard men's and women's rowing team competed at the New England Championships on Lake Quinsigamond.

The women's second Varsity 8 won the third level final while both the men's and women's Varsity 8 placed second in the third level final.

On the women's side, the 2V8+, the boat set out in the morning heat with the goal of making it to the Petite Final.  To accomplish this goal, they would need to overcome two other boats, so we knew it was going to take a tremendous effort, particularly since the two crews we expected to be battling for that spot were crews we had lost to in earlier races this spring.  The women fought their way down the course and gave a good push, battling with Colby College to the finish line, but ultimately placed sixth. This result put them in the 3rd level final.

In the 3rd level final, Coast Guard commanded the field from the start, stretching their lead through the first half of the race.  By 800 meters in, Coast Guard established open water on the rest of the field.  They held their lead, and in the last 500 meters Fairfield University put on a really good sprint, coming within a half-boat length of the Bears.  However, Coast Guard held on across the line, clinching that 1st place spot in the final.  They finished four seconds ahead of Mt. Holyoke, eight seconds ahead of Colby, and twelve seconds ahead of Simmons - all crews that have beat the Bears in previous races.

The 1V8+ also set out in the morning with the goal of making it to the Petite Final.  They had to beat just one team to get there, so they set out to better Simmons, who beat them last week by 4 seconds and earlier in the season by ten seconds.  It was a hard-fought race that came right down to the line...Coast Guard had the lead for part of the race, but Simmons ultimately crossed the line .082 ahead of the Bears, sending Coast Guard to the 3rd level final.

In the 3rd level final, Coast Guard faced #9 WPI, Mt. Holyoke, Vermont, and Middlebury.  WPI got an early lead and held that position, while Coast Guard and Middlebury battled for the second-place spot.  Middlebury eventually finished three seconds back from Coast Guard.  After a barn-burner of a race with Mt. Holyoke last week with a bow ball-bow ball finish, Coast Guard extended their lead to four seconds over the Lyons, and closed the gap to WPI by four seconds as well.  It was a great day of racing for the women, and a strong demonstration of the hard work they put in this week and the continued improvements we're seeing over the season.


C- Victoria Castleberry

8 - Sarah Kukich

7 - Laura Beck

6 - Karisa Maurer

5 - Tess Heimerman

4 - Savannah Lyle

3 - Jacquelyn Dilley

2 - Tara Strauss

1 - Zoe Bolling



C - Kat Haerr

8 - Mackenzy Karnehm

7 - Megan Sackett

6 - Savanna Fordham

5 - Jessica Baek

4 - Kirsten Sharp

3 - Maral Toukhanian

2 - Silvia Rodriguez-Rios

1 - Sarah Chen

Coast Guard will close out the season at the ECAC Championship on Sunday.