Women's Crew had its best finish at the Head of Charles Regatta in Boston since 2001 by finishing 11th of 29 crews in the Collegiate 8 Sun., Oct. 23 and gaining the automatic qualification for next year.
The Cardinals passed both Simmons College and the US Military Academy over the 2.5 mile course. Coxswain Emma Overton '12 found her crew in a tight bunch approaching both the Weeks Bridge as well as the Eliot St. bridge. She was able to force the other crews to yield through these critical points on the race course gaining Wesleyan valuable seconds. Stroke Avery Mushinski '15, who rowed for CRI in high school, set the pace for the crew on her home waters. "I knew Avery would be pretty excited to be back on the Charles River and that she would set the aggressive rhythm that would help get the crew where it needed to be when it needed to be there. This race is all about setting up for the next bridge or the next turn", said Head Coach Pat Tynan.
Greer Dent '12 and Erin Kelly '12 helped give this young crew confidence throughout the training leading up to the race. Tynan said, "These seniors want to win and they are so supportive of the younger kids in the crew. They make the younger kids feel like they can take risks and just go out and race hard. I'm glad the Charles is behind us and we're looking forward to getting the whole team back together for the final fall event next weekend. The Charles is special because we only take a select group there but this is a team sport and it's important to perform well in all of our crews."
The squad headed to Saratoga, N.Y. Sat., Oct. 29 for its final fall head race, the Head of the Fish Regatta. There the varsity eight closed out a very successful fall season by finishing fourth of 18 crews in the Collegiate 8 event, trailing just Williams, William Smith and UConn in time. Again coming through was the squad of Avery Mushinski '15, Megan Nash '14, Greer Dent '12, Clare Doyle '14, Kayla Cloud '14, Emily Johnson '13, Erin Kelly '12, Emilie Sinkler '14 along with cox Emma Overton '12. In the Second Collegiate 8 event, Wesleyan's two entries placed fifth and 11th of 14 while in the Collegiate Novice 8, Wesleyan was 10th of 26 entries. Final results of the Collegiate Novice 4 were unavailable.
Returning to competitive action Sat., March 17, 2012 in Winter Park, Fla., Wesleyan got a great row to defeat three other crews in the varsity eight event. The times were Wesleyan 6:34.2, Florida 6:45.8, Army 6:55.0, Rollins 7:06.9. More details will be forthcoming shortly.