By Jensyn Hartzell
Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Ma. was filled with Washington College rowers through the weekend of April 9-10 for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute/Clark University Regatta.
A few days before the regatta, the WC women’s rowing team ranked 14th in the country for collegiate women’s rowing, according to a national Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association poll. The ranking was based on the past two season and the current season.
The Shorewomen’s first varsity eight team consisted of sophomore Kamden Richardson at the coxswain and, in boat-seating order, sophomore Ella Yeigh, senior Kitri Post, junior Sophia Rooks, freshman Jordan Hyde, sophomore Alexandra Szynal, senior Analiese Bush, junior Brooklyn Horine, and junior Mackenzie Westfield.
The 1V8 team placed fourth in their heat. This allowed them to move forward to the petite final, where they ended in third with a time of 7:18.91.
Junior Olivia Payne was at the coxswain of the Shorewomen’s second varsity eight boat, with sophomore Natalie Wisnoski, freshman Spirit Wright, senior Cassidy Predale, freshman Samantha Joyce, junior Isabelle Bigelow, junior Amelia Bonsib, freshman Emily McNair, and sophomore Makaela Oehler at the oars.
The Shorewomen on the 2V8 boat placed third in their heat regatta, once again allowing them to enter the petite final.
The 2V8 petite final regatta saw the Shorewomen become victorious as they finished in first place with a time of 7:32.1.
The Shorewomen’s next regatta will be in Philadelphia, Pa. They will compete for the Kerr Cup on Saturday, April 16.
The WC men’s rowing team was also nationally ranked before they competed in the WPI/CU Regatta. According to the CRCA poll, the Shoremen ranked 11th in the country for collegiate men’s rowing for their recent, past two seasons and their current efforts.
“Getting national recognition is amazing, our team has gone through many challenges and now all of our hard work and resilience is finally paying off,” senior Max Moore said. “But this is by no means our stopping point, we have our eye set on winning the [Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships] and going to the [Division III Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships].”
On Lake Quinsigamond, the men’s first varsity eight boat placed fourth overall in the regatta with a time of 6:11.55.
The boat consisted of, in order of seating, sophomore Emmett Wurster, sophomore Garrett Cole, senior Eric Botti, freshman Hunter Frederick, Moore, sophomore Eli Bisco-Werner, freshman Nick Gardner, and senior Sean Curry. The coxswain was manned by senior Jack Lee.
The WC varsity four boat placed fourth overall in the regatta with a time of 8:24.34.
Freshmen Patrick Beene, Jamie Anderson, Will Granados, and Henry Hicks rowed.
“After racing in Worcester against other top-ranked opponents, I think we want to win more than ever,” Moore said.
The Shoremen will race again on Saturday, April 16, in Philadelphia, Pa. for the Kerr Cup.
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