Under sunny skies and perfect water conditions with a slight head current and wind, the William Smith College rowing team opened the fall season with a dominating performance on its home course. The Herons won all four events in the HWS Challenge on the Canal.
The William Smith varsity eight of Kim Goral, Libby Hughes, Katie Paige, Sarah Gordon, Emily Andersen, Leila Peraro, Caroline DeWeirdt, Alyssa Trebilcock and Jess Steketee set the tone in the first race of the day, cruising down the course in 17:07 to post a 23 second victory over Division I Canisius College and a 24 second margin over Ithaca College.
The Heron second varsity eight of Susan Tuvell, Emma Dow, Emma Tiedemann, Emily Shelden, Laura Cappio, Kristen Brayden, Aly Clark, Alanna Dugan, and Morgan Burgess secured its victory with a commanding 50-second victory over the Bombers. William Smith’s third varsity eight was only 17 seconds behind Ithaca’s 2V8.
William Smith’s first and second novice eights finished first and second, respectively, besting St. John Fisher College. The Herons’ top novice crew of Kelly Punch, Brianna Taylor, Grace Hutton, Nicole O’Connell, Nikki Andrzejczyk, Alex Belden, Catherine Pirie, Emma Fricke, and Enerel Esser conquered the course in 20:44, 1:43 ahead of their teammates. The Cardinals’ first novice eight finished 1:44 behind the Heron 2N8. St. John Fisher’s 2N8 rounded out the field but sustained equipment damage and finished with only seven rowers rowing.
In the varsity fours event, William Smith completed its sweep, with the Goral, Hughes, Paige, Steketee, Trebilcock speeding down the course in 19:33. Ithaca’s A-boat crossed the line 21 seconds later. The Herons’ B boat narrowly missed beating the Ithaca A entry by 6 seconds, as they stopped the clock at 20:30.
“I had a very good feeling going into the weekend,” said Head Coach Sandra Chu. “We’ve been pressing the team very hard in practices and their response has been to press back. I’ve been very pleased with both the technical side of our rowing as well as the aggression.”
“Assistant Coach Lindsey Hochman has had an immediate impact–her squad of almost entirely true novices, raced with great composure and showed off the great fundamentals that have emerged as a trademark of her coaching. To finish 1-2 shows the depth of her squad. These novices are proving to be great assets to the team already.”
William Smith is back on the water on Saturday, Oct. 13 when the Herons compete in the Head of the Genesee in Rochester.