Women's Rowing Kicks off 2016 Spring Season by Competing in the Jennifer McLaughlin Cup

Women's Rowing Kicks off 2016 Spring Season by Competing in the Jennifer McLaughlin Cup

WORCESTER -- The WPI women's rowing varsity eight placed third in the Jennifer McLaughlin Cup Saturday on Lake Quinsigamond. The 13th-ranked Engineers hosted No. 5 Wesleyan, No. 10 Colby and NEWMAC foe Smith, who is receiving votes in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll.

"It was a strong showing for our opening race as we matched up against nationally-ranked Colby and Wesleyan and delivered a clean sweep of NEWMAC-ranked No. 3 Smith," remarked Head Coach Jason Steele. "Line ups continue to evolve with a relatively young squad with tremendous potential upside over the next six weeks."

The Cardinals won the marquee race in a time of 6:50.5 while the Mules were 8.64 second behind (6:59.14). WPI, meanwhile, turned in a 7:02.17 to place ahead of Smith (7:12.04).

WPI's Novice Eight won a head-to-head race with the Pioneers by 40.9 seconds. The Crimson and Gray handed in an 8:59.6 while Smith clocked a 9:40.5.

Wesleyan claimed the second (7:25.0) and third varsity eight (7:43.6) while WPI was the runner up in both as the Boynton Hillers posted a 7:32.81 in the 2V8 and an 8:02.77 in the head-to-head 3V8. Smith came home third (7:46.47) and Colby was fourth (7:48.2) in the second varsity eight.

WPI women's rowing returns to the water next Saturday, entertaining Williams, Conn College, Simmons in the Donahue Cup along with Rochester. 

Varsity Eight

Basak Soylu (Mill Creek, WA) - Coxswain
Gina Gonzalez-Roundy (Berkeley, CA)
Abigail Sawyer (Uxbridge, MA)
Jasmine Loukola (Wells, ME)
Kayla McAvoy (Old Saybrook, CT)
Sarah Wutka (North Granby, CT)
Audrey Allen (Topsfield, MA)
Eva Barinelli (Tewksbury, MA)
Rebecca Barolli (Middlebury, CT) 

Second Varsity Eight
Larissa Naidoo (Acton, MA) - Coxswain
Zulean Cruz-Diaz (McAller, TX)
Huda Gad (Cairo, Egypt)
Alexa Hiznay (Trumbull, CT)
Kristin Olson (San Diego, CA)
Sarah Smith (San Jose, CA)
Rachel Santarsiero (Glastonbury, CT)
Julia Pershken (Albion, ME)
Jennifer Golden (Norton, MA)

Third Varsity Eight
Madeline Burke (Verona. NJ) - Coxswain
Rachel Peterson (Hastings, MN)
Kylie Dickinson (Meredith, NH)
Victoria Loehle (Morganville, NJ)
Vanessa Legere (Hooksett, NH)
Emily Cafarelli (Mendon, MA)
Steph Silvestris (Rutland, MA)
Carolina Leguizamon (La Paz, Bolivia)
Rachel Lia (South Burlington, VT) 

Novice Eight
Madison Healy (Atkinson, NH) - Coxswain
Diana Celaj (Worcester, MA)
Catherine Matyas (Glastonbury, CT)
Marlies de Jong (Huntington Beach, CA)
Madison Michaud (Vassalboro, ME)
Morgan Maiola (North Reading, MA)
Mary Sheehan (Huntington, NY)
Paula Sardi (Cali, Columbia)
Sarah St. Pierre (Maynard, MA)