The third-ranked William Smith College varsity eight dominated No. 15 Hamilton College and the University of Rochester on the 2,000-meter Erie Canal course. The Herons also earned victories in the third varsity eight and the novice eight races.
Aided by a 10 mph tailwind, William Smith’s top crew, Kim Goral, Jess Steketee, Lauren Blake-Whitney, Sinead Reilly, Katie Paige, Sarah Gordon, Laura Cappio, Libby Hughes, and Alyssa Trebilcock, flew down the course in 6:41.04. The Yellowjackets were a distant second, crossing the finish line 15.32 seconds behind. The Continentals finished 22.31 seconds behind the Herons.
“The varsity eight was very patient today,” William Smith Head Coach Sandra Chu said. “I liked the way they continuously hunted for speed, being mentally comfortable and physically on edge. This crew has tremendous talent and its very fun to watch them just open it up and rip down the course.”
The Heron novice eight of Amanda Salzman, Nikki Andrzejczyk, Brianna Taylor, Grace Hutton, Megan Miskovsky, Catharine Pirie, Alex Belden, Karly Wagner, and Sammi Hurwitz were equally impressive, posting a winning time of 7:19.24. Rochester was more than 10 seconds back with Hamilton finishing 23.17 off of William Smith’s pace.
The third varsity eight race was a head-to-head dual between the Herons and Continentals. Susan Tuvell, Amanda Reusch, Eliza Orrick, Kristen Brayden, Anola Stage, Candace Carducci, Emily Andersen, Teaganne Finn, and Alanna Dugan covered the course in 7:21.34, 13 seconds ahead of Hamilton.
“Both the 3V and 1N had top-notch races as well, showing off a dynamic aggressiveness that served them well in the tailwind,” Chu said. “The 1N had a breakout performance in terms of rhythm and length that will be exciting to watch them take forward.”
Hamilton was able to salvage a victory in the second varsity eight race with a time of 7:02.45. William Smith was about a boat length back in 7:06.4. Rochester placed third in 7:15.47.
The Herons will be back on the water, April 20 and April 21, when they compete on Lake Quinsigamond, in Worcester, Mass.