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1998-99 WOMEN'S CREW REVIEW

Behind the 10-0 posting of the varsity eight and the 9-0 mark of the novice eight, Wesleyan's two premier women's crews posted a combined 19-0 mark during the 1999 spring dual-race season. The novice eight went on to capture a bronze medal at the New England Rowing Championships (NERC) and was the top Division III finisher. Wesleyan's second novice eight also showed its stuff, coming through with a gold medal, the third gold medal for a Wesleyan women's crew since 1987. At the NERC, Wesleyan was fourth and fifth among Division III colleges at the varsity and second varsity eight level, respectively. All eligible Wesleyan eights qualified to compete in the Champion International Collegiate Regatta (CIRC) held in Worcester, Mass. The CIRC is the premier national event for small college crews.

Wesleyan has enjoyed unquestioned success at the varsity and novice level in women's crew throughout the years. Over the 16 seasons since 1983, the Cardinals have posted 27 top-three finishes at various levels of competition at the New England Championships, including a gold-medal performance by the varsity eight in 1987, the novice eight in 1994 and the second novice eight in 1999. Returning 24 oarswomen from the four boats which represented Wesleyan throughout the 1999 spring season, the 1999-00 Cardinals expect to continue their pace of a 106-25 (a .809 winning percentage) varsity boat dual-race mark since 1986. This year's crew also will be complemented by eight experienced high-school rowers entering in the class of 2003 as well as an additional corps of novice rowers, recruited on campus who learn to row in the fall.

Within the context of a vibrant academic community, Wesleyan crew offers a quality and challenging program, providing proper instruction for the novice rower and sound preparation for the experienced oarswoman. Once part of the program, a Wesleyan rower has opportunity to pursue national-team selection. A number of Wesleyan rowers have gone on to prominence, highlighted by Kathy Keeler '78, who stroked the women's eight to a gold medal in the 1984 summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and Amy Baltzell '87, who was a spare for the 1992 Olympic team in Barcelona and was part of the first all-female America 's Cup sailing crew in 1995.