Womens Crew

Women's Crew Completes Constructive Head Race Season During the Fall Including the Prestigious Head of the Charles

Opening the fall season Sun., Oct. 3, the Cardinals traveled to Lowell, Mass. to compete in the Textile River Regatta.  The varsity 8 had a strong effort, finishing fourth out of 19 crews in the club 8 event with a time of 21:28.3 over the 3.5 mile course.  Wesleyan was the third fastest Division III crew trailing only Wellesley and WPI.  The event also included traditional rivals Colby, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Vermont. 

"I'm pleased with how the team approached this race and the fall season in general," said second-year Head Coach Pat Tynan.  "There is a real sense of purpose and importance each time we get on the water and we want to go fast no matter what time of year it is."   The varsity crew was composed of senior coxswain Sami Pop, Julia Mulhern '12, Christina Ermellio '13, Becca Schofield '11, Emilie Kimball '11, Catie Steidl '11, Isabelle Gauthier '14, Becky Gillig '12 and Claire Tradewell '11.   The second varsity crew raced in the same event alongside the varsity and finished a respectable 11th of 19 crews.  That crew was made up of coxswain Emma Overton '12, Yara Kass-Gergi '12, Emily Johnson '13, Megan Nash '14, Haley Sacks '13, Ashley Swan '13, Robin Cotter '13, Aletta Brady '14 and Erin Kelly '12.  The open 4 also saw action finishing 20th of 26.  That crew was coxed by Sofie Riffkin '14 with stroke Jackie Zhang '13, Emily George '13, Aly Galef '13 and Emily Klein '14 on board. 

The rowing year is broken up into fall Head racing and 2000-meter dual-racing in the spring.  The fall racing is generally three mile "Head Races" where the crews start single file and race against the clock.  The majority of the training for the fall races is made up of high mileage work where the crews can work on improving their efficiency at lower stroke ratings in preparation for the speed training that happens in the spring. 

At the Head of the Housatonic in Shelton, Conn. Sat., Oct. 9, the second of the fall head races for Wesleyan, the Cardinals' varsity eight finished 4th in a time of 17:20.8 over the 2.7 mile course.  This is an increase in speed of 1:52 over last year's time - the largest improvement of any of the competitors.  There was a building 12-15 mph headwind throughout the day but the temperature was perfect for racing.  "We went into the day knowing that we'd see some of the best crews in the league", said Head Coach, Pat Tynan.  "Although we didn't win the event, we met or exceeded our expectations for this particular race.  There is still a lot of work ahead of us and we'll get back to it on Monday." 

The varsity eight was made up of coxswain Emma Overton '12 and rowers Julia Mulhern '12, Christina Ermillio '13, Becca Schofield '11, Emilie Kimball '11, Catie Steidl '11, Haley Sacks '13, Becky Gillig '12 and Claire Tradewell '11. 

The second varsity eight placed seventh and included coxswain Sophie Riffkin '14, Yara Kass-Gergi '12, Emily Johnson '13, Megan Nash '14, Isabelle Gauthier '14, Ashley Swan '13, Jackie Zhang '13, Aletta Brady '14 and Erin Kelly '12.

The collegiate 4+ was coxed by Emma Overton '12 and featured rowers Amy Davis '13, Emilie George '13, Aly Galef '13 and Emily Klein '14 and placed sixth.

The crew took its act to the presitigous Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, where the Wesleyan women were represented in the collegiate eight race on Sun., Oct. 24.  The squad of Sami Pop, Becky Gillig '12,  Emilie Kimball '11, Becca Schofield '11, Christina Ermellio '13, Catie Steidl '11, Haley Sacks '13, Megan Nash '14 and Claire Tradewell '11 placed 17th of 31 entries with a time of 17:43.0 over the three-mile course.  This was an improvement over last year's 24th-place showing.

The women's crew concluded its fall season on Sat., Oct. 30 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. at the Head of the Fish Regatta. The Cardinals had four boats entered over the two-mile course.  The Cardinal varsity eight raced in the collegiate eight event and placed 12th of 19 crews with a time of 14:09.68.  In the JV collegiate eight, Wesleyan's second varsity eight placed eighth while the third varsity eight was 15th of the 15 crew entered.  In the collegiate novice eight, the Cardinals came through with a seventh-place performance among 26 crews.

The squad will resume outdoor racing during the spring.