Women's crew second in varsity eights
William Smith College defeated Hamilton College in the varsity eight on the Erie Canal in Rome, N.Y., on April 14.
All races were 2,000 meters in length. Weather conditions were sunny with temperatures in the 50s. Calm winds at the start built to a slight 5-to-10 mph tailwind by the conclusion of racing.
William Smith is ranked third in Division III in the latest Collegiate Rowing Coaches of America/USRowing Coaches poll, and Hamilton is ranked 10th. The Herons' varsity eight is ranked first and the Continentals' varsity eight is second in the most recent NCAA New York Region rankings.
William Smith's varsity eight took first place in 6:52.05 and Hamilton finished second in 7:07.06. It was the first time this spring that the varsity eight did not finish in first place. Rochester Institute of Technology ended up third with a time of 7:17.29. Kelsey Burke '13 was coxswain, Antonia Villa '12 was the stroke and Karly Moore '15 was in the bow seat. Seats seven through two in descending order were as follows: Holly Bailey '12, Dominique Paiement '12, Becca Straw '14, Helen Higgins '13, Allie Hoeltzel '14 and Leah Sorenson '14.
Hamilton captured the second varsity eight with a time of 7:09.47. William Smith was second in 7:14.69 and RIT finished third in 7:45.71. Sophie Breene '12 was coxswain, Keara Fenzel '14 was the stroke and Virginia Slattery '12 was in the bow seat. Seats seven through two in descending order were as follows: Ally Kontra '15, Erin Gerrity '15, Annie Lindahl '15, Margaret Hylas '15, Caroline Walton '15 and Rachel Johnson '13.
The Continentals also won the novice eight with a time of 7:13.27, and William Smith was second with a time of 7:17.34. Lily Siff '15 was coxswain, Emma Zanazzi '15 was the stroke and Meredith Garner '15 was in the bow seat. Seats seven through two in descending order were as follows: Jess Pedersen '15, Gerrity, Hannah Zucker '15, Grace Bowers '15, Margaret Smith '15 and Hideko Nara '15.
Hamilton travels to St. Lawrence University on Saturday, April 21.