After a week of training in Deland, Fla., women's crew tested its speed at the Rollins Invitational in Winter Park against Rollins, Army, U. of Florida and Emory. The Cardinal varsity eight opened up a lead in the second half of the 2000 meter race to win with a time of 6:47.3. Army was second finishing in 6:53.0 followed by Emory (6:54.3), Florida (7:03.3) and Rollins (7:13.2). The varsity eight featured the squad of Clare Doyle '14, Kayla Cloud '14, Emma Koramshahi '16, Zoe Mueller '13, Hannah Korevaar '14, Robin Cotter '13, Emily Sinkler '14, Avery Mushinski '15 and cox Brianne Wiemann '15.
The second varsity also won its event over Florida by a nine-second margin after taking a lead in the second 500 meters. Wesleyan had a second entry in the second varsity eight as well which trailed Florida by 14.4 seconds.
"This was far from a perfect race and we used this as an opportunity to identify some strengths and weaknesses of the crews," commented Head Coach, Pat Tynan. "That said, it's obviously nice to start the season with a few wins."
Wesleyan then opened the northern dual-race schedule Sat., March 30 with a trip to New London to take on Coast Guard. With ideal racing conditions on the Thames River, the Cardinals came through with a decisive win over the Bears. Wesleyan's varsity 8 and second varsity 8 raced against the Coast Guard varsity 8. Both Cardinal crews were able to beat Coast Guard. The varsity crew of Clare Doyle '14, Avery Mushinski '15, Emma Koramshahi '16, Kayla Cloud '14, Remy Johnson '16, Emma Buford '16, Emily Sinkler '14, Robin Cotter '13 and cox Brianne Wiemann '15 posted a time of 6:20.6. The second varsity covered the 2,000-meter course in 6:24.5. Coast Guard was third in 6:34.1. The Wesleyan third varsity 8 also posted a win over Coast Guard's novice, finishing in 6:49.1 to Coast Guard's 7:11.8.
"This race has a lot of history behind it and Coast Guard always races hard," said Coach Tynan. "The last time we raced in New London, Coast Guard beat us by 11 seconds in the varsity race. Last year they got us by three seconds at home. It's nice to finally get in on the winning side of this coin."
The Cardinals will be in Worcester, Mass. Sat., April 6, to take on Colby, Middlebury, Smith and WPI in some morning racing next.
(photo by Siqi Zhao '15)