Sunday, April 10, 2011

Worcester, MA - 4/9-4/10

    Saturday the men faced Williams, WPI, Connecticut College, and MIT. Rochester boated a lightweight eight as a first varsity entry, finishing third to Williams and WPI. The crew, B. Hughes, G. Werbin, J. Nicosia, J. Wegman, M. Maloney, G. McKiernan, C. Cistrone, R. Pedersen, coxed by J. Huang, covered the course in 7:04 behind first place Williams in a time of 6:23. The men’s varsity four, T. Gomez-Basauri, D. Byington, P. Menson, and T. Marshall coxed by J. Miller raced in a new Empacher 4+, acquired through the generosity of the crew’s parents. They finished third in a time of 7:27, behind first place Williams in a time of 7:16. The men’s novice squad fielded an eight and a four, finishing third in both events behind first place MIT in the eight and Connecticut College in the four.

    Sunday Rochester’s opponents included Bates, WPI and URI. Rochester’s first varsity eight raced in the ’91 Chariot to a fourth place finish in 6:51 behind Rhode Island, who won the event in 6:29. Head coach Will Greene said “the crew was certainly aggressive with two novice and two lightweight rowers promoted into the varsity eight, but we need to work on our control which will enable us to hit our rhythm during racing”. The second varsity eight, the lightweight entry, included two novice lightweights. They finished fourth after narrowly ceding third place to WPI in the last 500 meters while holding off Rhode Island two seconds back in fifth place. The novice fielded an eight and four, taking second place in both events.

    Sunday, Rochester women faced four nationally ranked teams; #3 Bates, #4 Wellesley, #5 Trinity, and #8 WPI, as well as Division I Holy Cross. The first varsity eight, consisting of R. Vaughn, K. Lachiusa, S. Thorsness, L. Difillipo, C. Stewart, K. Kelliher, F. Ossi, and stroke M. Zupa coxed by S. Tannery, had a strong first 1000 meters keeping one length behind the lead pack of Bates, Trinity, and Wellesley before Holy Cross and WPI took open water in the third 500. According to head coach Will Greene, “The work we have been doing to stay long paid dividends in the first 1000 until the point our move to makeup ground on the lead crews cost us our technical edge”. Bates won the event with a time of 7:01 with Rochester 32 seconds back.  In the varsity four, Rochester took second place to WPI, finishing ahead of third place Trinity. The crew finished the course in a time of 8:55. The second varsity eight was N. Riddell, E. Wycoff, M. Juergens, M. Adams, L. Gillespie, K. Biedermann, M. Cepulis, G. Logrono with coxswain J. Evans. The crew overcame some last minute lineup changes with a strong 1250 meters before fading to sixth in a time of 8:10 behind first place Bates in a time of 7:20.

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