Women's Rowing's Varsity Eight Dominates Petite Final at New Englands

Women's Rowing's Varsity Eight Dominates Petite Final at New Englands

WORCESTER -- Women's Rowing's nationally-ranked Varsity Eight dominated the petite final with a time of 7:38.194 to finish seventh overall at the New England Rowing Championships Saturday evening on Lake Quinsigamond. 

After the ninth-ranked team caught a crab early and regrouped to post an 8:03.366 in the morning row, the Engineers enjoyed the lead for a majority of the final and surged ahead as they raced past the Donahue Rowing Center. In addition to returning the favor to the Lyons in the finals, WPI registered wins over Trinity, Assumption and Conn. College in the trials and bested No. 12 Colby and No. 15 Smith, as well as Amherst and Coast Guard in the final. 

The Second Varsity Eight eked out a fourth-place time of 7:51.273 in the grand final which was just behind NEWMAC Champion Wellesley (7:50.067) and ahead of Williams (7:51.821) and Tufts. Bates and Wesleyan finished ahead of the Blue. The Third Varsity Eight A entry posted a sixth-place 5:50.193 and the B boat clocked a ninth-place 6:08.740 as they made the grand and petite final, respectively; however, those races were called off due to high winds and an altered schedule.

WPI turns its attention to next week's National Invitational Rowing Championships, which is Friday on Lake Quinsigamond. 


Varsity Eight
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)
Huda Gad (Cairo, Egypt)
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)
Catherine Matyas (Glastonbury, CT)
Victoria Loehle (Morganville, NJ)
Mary Sheehan (Huntington, NY)
Lillian Neff (Havertown, PA)
Alexandra Connor (Baldwinsville, NY)
Paula Sardi (Cali, Colombia)
Katherine Thompson (Groton, MA)