Shaking up the varsity eight lineup just a bit, head coach Pat Tynan got solid results from his top boat as the Cardinals placed second of four boats during their first trip to Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. this spring. Covering the 2000m course in 7:11.9, Wesleyan stroked past Smith by 0.6 seconds in an exciting finish as the Cardinals came from behind to grab second. WPI, which won the race by a margin of 3.8 seconds, also trailed Smith most of the race but made up the difference and then some in the final 800m. With coxswain Sami Pop '11 steering the crew of Megan Nash '14, Greer Dent '12, Becca Schofield '11 (photo insert upper left), Haley Sacks '13, Clare Doyle '14, Isabelle Gauthier '14, Catie Steidl '11, Erin Kelly '12, Wesleyan enjoyed the fruits of its labors to improve to 3-4 on the year. Doyle was making her first-ever appearance in the varsity eight.
Following the season, Schofield received her second all-NESCAC nod as she was chosen for the second team. A year ago, Schofield was a first-team selection. In addition, eight Wesleyan women were recognized by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association as national scholar-athletes. This group included Schofield, along with Steidl, Dent, Kelly, Robin Cotter '13, Margo Tercek '13, Yara Kass-Gergi '12 and Alexa Atamanchuk '12.
Wesleyan was most effective in the second varsity eight race as the Cardinals defeated all three rivals with a 7.4-second margin of victory over Smith. The accomplished second varsity eight boat was composed of cox Atamanchuk, Emilie Sinkler '14, Becky Gillig '12, Kass-Gergi, Kayla Cloud '14, Tercek, Emily Johnson '13, Emily Klein '14, and Cotter. The Cardinals were 2.8 seconds behind Smith's "A" boat in the third varsity eight race, matching the varsity eight with a second-place effort among four boats.
Wesleyan headed to its fourth different racing site of the spring, but a familiar location over the years, Sat., April 9, when the squad ventured to Malden, Mass. to take on Tufts, Bates and Wellesley in a four-team affair. Wesleyan faced Bates in its opening race, falling by a 15.3-second margin. That put Wesleyan up against Tufts for its second battle and the Jumbos grabbed a win by a five-second cushion.
In other races of the day, the second varsity eight fell to Bates, then downed Tufts. The third varsity eight matched the effort of the second varsity.
On Sat., April 16, the crew returned to Worcester, Mass. with opponents Williams and Ithaca. Williams, ranked #1 in New England, defeated Wesleyan in a head-to-head varsity 8 race by about 40 seconds. The Ephs also took the second varsity 8 race by 26 seconds and was the winner of a three-way affair in the third varsity 8, posting a 38-second margin of victory. Wesleyan was 23 seconds ahead of Ithaca in the third varsity race.
Wesleyan took on Trinity Sat., April 23 in its final dual race, held on the Yale University course on the Housatonic River in Derby. Trinity, ranked third in New England, swept the three varsity races, taking the first varsity eight by a 20-second margin.
The Cardinals went on to compete in the annual New England Championships, held on Lake Quinsigamond Sat, April 30, for their next action. Wesleyan finished just about on its seed, coming in 14th of 17 entries. The Cardinals defeated UMass Lowell in their heat, then conquered Tufts and Colby during the third-level final in the varsity eight division. Wesleyan's second varsity eight placed 14th of 15 crews and the third varsity eight had a strong effort in placing fourth of 10.
The Cardinals closed out the spring campaign with another journey to Worcester, Mass., for the ECAC National Invitational Collegiate Regatta Sun., May 8. The Cardinals' varsity eight finished 15 second behind heat winner Wellesley and gained a spot in the third-level finals. Wesleyan's last race of the season brought about a fifth-place effort, 10.7 seconds shy of race winner Smith, putting the Cardinals in 15th place overall among 21 entrants. The second varsity eight won its third-level final to come in 13th among 18 crews. The third varsity eight came in third in its heat to secure a spot in the grand final. Wesleyan ended up sixth of 12 in the event.