Women's rowing takes home the hardware again on Saturday

The Hamilton women's varsity 8 and their trophies on Saturday, April 20 (photo courtesy Hamilton rowing).
The Hamilton women's varsity 8 and their trophies on Saturday, April 20 (photo courtesy Hamilton rowing).

The Hamilton College Continentals retained the Gilman Plate, Gilman Goblet and Women's V8 Cup in races held on the Erie Canal in Rome on Saturday.

Hamilton and Union College raced on a 2,000-meter course with flat water on a flooded area in the morning. The nationally ranked No. 7 Continentals recorded a time of 7:04.11 in the varsity 8 and kept the Gilman Plate as Union finished in 7:27.49. Hamilton's time of 7:24.57 in the second varsity 8 was exactly 20 seconds better than Union's in the race for the Gilman Goblet.

"This weekend's race lineup included four New York teams," head coach Jim Lister said. "It was also a cup race in which we race for the right to have the shared cup in one's possession for the year. The shared cup races are between our program and Union and St. Lawrence.

"This weekend all of our boats showed the maturation we were looking to see from all the hard training the past few weeks. All boats are finding another gear of efficiency just in time for the final push towards the end of the season. All men's and women's varsity 8+ and second varsity 8+ boats led wire-to-wire. We defended all of our cup races and we return the hardware back to our erg room. This was a big team statement for each boat to get the job done."

Conditions were much tougher in the afternoon with 9 to 12 mph headwinds as the Continentals raced against St. Lawrence University, Vassar College and the University of Rochester. Hamilton won the Women's V8 Cup with a time of 7:34.20 over St. Lawrence and its time of 7:44.59. Vassar was third in 8:01.94. In the second varsity 8 the Continentals (8:04.37) were also an easy winner against the Saints (8:14.95) and the Brewers (8:39.48). Rochester cruised to victory in the frosh/novice 8 with a time of 7:42.86. Hamilton was runner-up (7:59.91) and St. Lawrence finished a close third (8:03.82).

"The women's third varsity eight had one of the most exciting races of the day by overcoming a third-place position late to catch St. Lawrence in the last 500 meters," Lister said. "The coxswain kept the rowers engaged and the rowers gave themselves an opportunity to overcome the deficit."

The Continentals are back on the Erie Canal on Saturday, April 27 when they will race against nationally ranked Ithaca College and Division I programs in Syracuse University, Colgate University and Marist College.

"We will be fine-tuning this week in preparation for many fast teams coming to race in our third and final home regatta including Marist, Ithaca and Colgate," Lister said. "The Syracuse women will also be in attendance as they will bring their second varsity four and third varsity eight. This is a great opportunity to compare speeds with crews from different collegiate divisions."


LINEUPS

Varsity 8
Rachel Sutor '20 (cox)
Emily Norum '22
Perrin Salewood '21
Ann-Sophie Koglin '20
Danielle Schuman '19
Sarah Scheuritzel '22
Vicky Xu '19
Elizabeth Foot '20
Katherine Buckley '21

Second Varsity 8
Carson Goos '21 (cox)
Adriana Jonas '21
Alexia Assimakopoulos '22
Julia Hartnett '20
Kara Mathes '22
Celine Yam '21
Sarine Arzoumanian '22
Alex Stetter '20
Gretchen Dowdy '21

Third Varsity 8
Michaela Murdock '22 (cox)
Lily Charron '21
Elizabeth Atherton '22
Jesse Chapman '22
Ally Marenco '22
Jane Fanning '22
Sarya Khandare '22
Katy Shepard '22
Alison Veitch '20