No. 7 Women's Rowing Kicks Off 2018 Spring Season by Competing in McLaughlin Cup

Credit: Pat Guida '83

WORCESTER -- The WPI women's rowing team kicked of its spring season Saturday, hosting the Jennifer McLaughlin Cup on a cold morning Saturday on Lake Quinsigamond.  The varsity eight, ranked seventh in the most recent CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll, placed third in its five-team race. 

With conditions that were variable with a cross tail in the first thousand turning into a gusty head wind in the second thousand where the lake widens, the Engineers posted a time of 7:13.09.  They finished behind second-ranked Wesleyan (7:05.7) and No.11 Pacific Lutheran (7:10.83) and ahead of receiving votes Smith (7:19.34) and No. 14 Colby (7:29.66). 

The second varsity eight turned in a fourth place time of 7:15.25, closer to race-winner Smith (7:08.50) than fifth place Colby (7:31.27).  The Crimson and Gray had a pair of boats in the third varsity race with their A entry crossing the finish line second in a time of 7:43.39 and its their B boat placing fifth in 8:22.00. 

WPI women's rowing returns to the water Sunday, entertaining Hamilton, Clark, Pacific Lutheran, Mount Holyoke, Simmons and Bates on Lake Quinsigamond.

Varsity Eight
Madison Healey (Atkinson, NH) - Coxswain
Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA)
Jasmine Loukola (Wells, ME)
Melissa Bazakas-Chamberlain (Belmont, MA)
Marlies de Jong (Huntington Beach, CA)
Abby Sawyer (Uxbridge, MA)
Sarah Wutka (North Granby, CT)
Diana Celaj (Worcester, MA)
Eva Barinelli (Tewksbury, MA) 

Second Varsity Eight
Madeline Burke (Verona, NJ) - Coxswain
Pheobe Yeung (San Leandro, CA)
Maya Sun (Belmont, CA)
Rachel Lia (South Burlington, VT)
Alexandra Connor (Baldwinsville, NY)
Olivia Kiristis (Upton, MA)
Josephine Bowen (Lunenburg, MA)
Steph Silvestris (Rutland, MA)
Sarah St. Pierre (Maynard, MA) 

Third Varsity Eight A
Larissa Naidoo (Acton, MA) - Coxswain
Rachel Peterson (Hastings, MN)
Liz Graveline (Litchfield, NH)
Kayla Legatt (Randolph, NJ
Lillian Mell (Montana, CA)
Kylie Dickinson (Meredith, NH)
Amelia Harvey (Sudbury, MA)
Ally Sichler (Reading, PA)
Vanessa Legere (Hooksett, NH) 

Thrid Varsity Eight B
Laura Boccio (Malverne, NY) - Coxswain
Catherine Matyas (Glastonbury, CT)
Natalia Carvajal (Manhatten, NY)
Katherine Thompson (Groton, MA)
Amelia Papi (South Portland, ME)
Alana Guilbault (Bernardston, MA)
Paula Sardi (Cali, Colombia)
Jacqueline Forson (Worcester, MA)
Karistan Swan (Rockwell, TX)