Ranked as High as 7th in N.E, Wes Goes 8-12 at Varsity 8 - Three Cards Receive Post-Season Honors
Competing in a five-team affair
in Worcester, Mass. Sat., April 3, the Cardinals turned the event into a
two-team race as seventh-ranked Wesleyan finished just 0.7 second shy
of sixth-rated Smith over the 2k course on Lake Quinsigamond. WPI,
Colby and Middlebury were all 20 seconds or more behind the Pioneers and
Wesleyan also placed second of four in the second varsity eight race,
trailing Smith by two seconds. Smith made it a sweep of the main events
as the novice eight race also went its way. Conn. College joined the
action in this race, nipped by less than a second at the tape with
Wesleyan 10 seconds back but well ahead of the second Smith entry as
well as Middlebury.
Wesleyan was in Malden, Mass. for its next races as Tufts, Bates and
Wellesley comprised the usual opposition for a pair of dual races with
Hamilton added as a third opponent.
Wesleyan downed Wellesley in its first race, doing so by a 3.1-second
margin. The races vs. Bates and Hamilton that followed resulted in wins
for the NESCAC rivals by gaps of 14.9 and 5.4 seconds, respectively.
Wesleyan took on top-ranked Williams in Worcester, Mass. Sat., April 17
with Tufts, Ithaca, Colby and Holy Cross joining in the activity. The
Ephs showed their muscle, running away with the victory, followed by
Ithaca, Tufts, Holy Cross, Wesleyan and Colby. The Ephs' margin of
victory was :13.7. The Cardinals were :51 off the winning pace.
Wesleyan ended the regular season with another race day in Worcester
Sat., April 24 with the primary competition coming from Trinity, Conn.
College and Holy Cross. In the varsity eight race, Wesleyan demolished
Conn. College by a 43-second margin while falling to third-ranked
Trinity by a modest 4.2 seconds. Since last defeating the Bantams in
2002, Wesleyan has been no closer than 11 seconds vs. its in-state
nemesis before this year, which bodes well for the upcoming New England
Rowing Championships in Worcester Sat., May 1.
At New Englands, the Cardinals came up with a 13th-place showing in a
field of 14 crews. Then in the final races of the year in the ECAC
Collegiate Championships, also in Worcester, Wesleyan showed some
improvement with a 14th-place finish among 20 entries. Following the
event, the ECAC named a 20-member all-conference squad from the crews
that attended and Cardinal coxswain Sami Pop '11 (photo insert lower
left) was among those honored. Two rowers earned all-NESCAC recognition
with Becca Schofield '11 (photo insert middle) on the first team and
Clare Tradewell '11 (photo insert lower right) on the second team.