Women's Rowing Secures Jennifer McLaughlin Cup for First Time Since 2011 in Spring Debut

Women's Rowing Secures Jennifer McLaughlin Cup for First Time Since 2011 in Spring Debut

WORCESTER -- The Varsity Eight claimed the Jennifer McLaughlin '06 Cup for the first time since 2011 as the third-ranked Engineers defeated No. 6 Smith, No. 5 Wesleyan and Colby, who is receiving votes, as well as, No. 12 Hamilton Saturday in the WPI's spring debut on Lake Quinsigamond. 

The top crew handily won the headline race with a 7:03.70, well ahead of Smith (7:09.02), Wesleyan (7:11.82), Hamilton (7:15.73) and Colby (7:28.76). With the victory, the Engineers snapped Wesleyan's reign that began in 2012 and resumed in 2016 as weather conditions forced the 2015 race to be cancelled.

Wesleyan took the second varsity eight in a time of 7:21.63, followed by the Engineers (7:26.23), Colby (7:35.95), Smith (7:41.95) and Hamilton (7:50.18). Smith secured the third varsity eight (7:34.50) while Wesleyan was second (7:70.14), WPI was third (7:40.50), Colby (7:56.45) and Hamilton (8:27.30) who caught a boat-stopping crab at 800 meters. 

The Engineers are back at it on Sunday, hosting Clark, Johnson & Wales, Hamilton, Mount Holyoke, Simmons and No. 13 Washington College and Assumption that features trials and finals racing for the varsity and second varsity eights.


Varsity Eight
Madison Healey (Atkinson, NH) - Coxswain
Melissa Bazakas-Chamberlain (Belmont, MA)
Christine Hovermale (Alameda, CA)
Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA)
Marlies de Jong (Huntington Beach, CA)
Amelia Harvey (Sudbury, MA)
Rachel Lia (South Burlington, VT)
Caitlin Kean (Shrewsbury, MA)
Eva Barinelli (Tewksbury, MA)

Second Varsity Eight
Madeline Burke (Verona, NJ) - Coxswain
Ashley Schuliger (Lewis Center, OH)
Emily Adams (East Greenwich, RI)
Kylie Dickinson (Meredith, NH)
Ally Sichler (Reading, PA)
Olivia Kiristis (Upton, MA)
Josephine Bowen (Lunenburg, MA)
Pheobe Yeung (San Leandro, CA)
Sarah St. Pierre (Maynard, MA)

Third Varsity Eight
Amelia Papi (South Portland, ME) - Coxswain
Rachel Peterson (Hastings, MN)
Liz Graveline (Litchfield, NH)
Alexandra Heline (Hebron, CT)
Caroline Jaeger (Fort Montgomery, NY)
Lillian Neff (Havertown, PA)
Eliza Smith (Beacon Falls, CT)
Alana Guilbault (Bernardston, MA)
Katherine Thompson (Groton, MA)

(Photo Credits: Pat Guida and Phoebe Yeung)