WORCESTER -- The WPI Women's Rowing Varsity Eight finished eighth at the National Invitational Rowing Championships Friday on Lake Quinsigamond. It was also the first time the nationally-ranked Engineers fielded four boats in the competition.
As a team the Engineers racked up 47 points to finish fifth overall out of 21 particiapting schools.
The 10th-ranked Crimson and Gray were just behind No. 8 RIT (6:57.134) and 0.233 ahead of UNH in the petite final with a time of 7:08.008. The field also included No. 9 Hamilton, No. 14 Colby and No. 15 William Smith. The morning row saw the Crimson and Gray place fourth (7:00.315) to best Mount Holyoke and Trinity while No. 3 Ithaca, No. 4 Williams and No. 9 Hamilton were the top three.
The Second Varsity Eight was second in the morning (6:59.171) and fourth in the grand final with a 6:53.442. The medal race was relatively even through 500 meters. The Engineers later found themselves in fifth and made the push to move up a spot at the end.
The Third Varsity Eight A entry posted a 7:17.633 to take third in the morning trial and ended up fifth in the grand final with a time of 7:08.904. The B entry was almost a mirror image with a fifth-place trial time of 7:34.149 and a third place 7:38.475 in the petite final to place ninth overall.
Following a trip this summer to the historic Henley Women's Regatta in England, the Crimson and Gray will open up the competitive portion of its 2017 fall season at the Textile River Regatta on Sunday, October 1st.
Madison Healey (Atkinson, NH) - Coxswain
Gina Gonzalez-Roundey (Berkeley, CA)
Christine Hovermale (Almeda, CA)
Jasmine Loukola (Wells, ME)
Sarah Wutka (North Granby, CT)
Marlies de Jong (Huntington Beach, CA)
Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA)
Eva Barinelli (Tewksbury, MA)
Jennifer Golden (Norton, MA
Second Varsity Eight
Madeline Burke (Verona, NJ) - Coxswain
Zulean Cruz-Diaz (McAller, TX)
Rachel Peterson (Hastings, MN)
Rachel Lia (South Burlington, VT)
Audrey Allen (Topsfield, MA)
Kylie Dickinson (Meredith, NH)
Abigail Sawyer (Uxbridge, MA)
Diana Celaj (Worcester, MA)
Sarah St. Pierre (Maynard, MA)
Third Varsity Eight A
Jacqueline Forson (Worcester, MA) - Coxswain
Brianna Owen (Harleysville, PA)
Liz Graveline (Litchfield, NH)
Victoria Loehle (Morganville, NJ)
Allison Sichler (Reading, PA)
Olivia Kiristis (Upton, MA)
Josephine Bowen (Lunenburg, MA)
Julia Pershken (Albion, ME)
Emily Richardson (Portland, OR)
Third Varsity Eight B
Shravani Balaji (Merrimack, NH) - Coxswain
Steph Silvestris (Rutland, MA)
Huda Gad (Cairo, Egypt)
Mary Sheehan (Huntington, NY)
Catherine Matyas (Glastonbury, CT)
Lillian Neff (Havertown, PA)
Alexandra Connor (Baldwinsville, NY)
Paula Sardi (Cali, Colombia)
Katherine Thompson (Groton, MA)