The women's crew opened the 2012 spring racing season while on its spring break training trip at the Rollins Invitational Regatta in Winter Park, Fla. Sat. March 17. The Cardinals dominated the racing winning the Varsity 8 by 11.6 seconds over the University of Florida. Army finished third and Rollins was fourth in the race. Wesleyan entered its second and third boats in the second Varsity 8 event and finished first and second ahead of the University of Florida.
"This was a good step for the team and gave the women some earned confidence," said Head Coach Pat Tynan. "We are down here for preseason training and the Rollins race is a good opportunity to test ourselves over 2000 meters. Our practices have been fairly challenging, both physically and mentally, as we focused on selection of the crews. We did a lot of race pieces in practice during the week, moving athletes around and figuring out where people belong. They've been racing against each other all week and I think it was motivating for the group to come together and race against other competition," added Tynan.
The varsity line up was Cox Emma Overton '12, Avery Mushinski '15, Megan Nash '14, Greer Dent '12, Clare Doyle '14, Kayla Cloud '14, Margo Tercek '13, Robin Cotter '13, Emily Sinkler '14.
The second varsity 8 was cox Ari Rudess '15, Erin Kelly '12, Lucy Finn '14, Haley Sacks '13, Becky Gillig '12, Zoe Muller '13, Yara Kass-Gergi '12, Christina Ermillio '13, Hannah Koravaar '14.
The 3rd varsity 8 was Brianne Weimann '15, Becca Michelson '15, Emilie George '13, Emilie Garvin '15, Aly Galef '13, Aileen McGory '14, Nicole Stanton '15, Alex Irace '15, Gillian Mahoney '15.
The women's crew was at home on the Connecticut River Sat., March 31 against the Coast Guard Academy for its next race, the team's first home dual event since 1998 when Wesleyan hosted Williams in Little Three action. Coast Guard took a narrow victory with a winning time of 6:36.1 over the 2000-meter Connecticut River course while Wesleyan came through in 6:39.4. The Cardinal lineup was unchaged from its Flordia trip. Wesleyan captured the second varsity race by 17 seconds and Wesleyan's third varsity entry defeated Coast Guard novice squad by a wide 26-second gap.
Ahead is a trip to Worcester, Mass. Sat., April 7 where the Cardinals will take on WPI, Colby, Middlebury and Smith. To see the schedule of events for the day, beginning with the first race at 8:20, please click < here >.