After an uneven day of racing on Saturday, the William Smith College rowing team bounced back to win all three of its races on Lake Quinsigamond on Sunday. The No. 3 ranked Heron varsity eight led the way, besting a field that included No. 8 Tufts and No. 9 WPI.
Sunny skies, a slight tail wind, and a determination to move forward combined to assist the Herons to a clean, open water sweep over the competition today. In each of the three races, the Herons established leads within the first 250 and then lengthened their margin as they flew south.
Emily Davidowitz, Katie Paige, Sinead Reilly, Lauren Blake-Whitney, Caroline DeWeirdt, Aly Clark, Emma Dow, Alyssa Trebilcock, and Libby Hughes propelled the varsity eight to a time of 6:55.2, 4.68 seconds faster than the second place Jumbos. The Engineers 9.11 seconds off William Smith’s pace with Clark University and Skidmore College rounded out the field.
“While I’m happy with the results today, I am ecstatic over the way the 1V was able to self-scrutinize yesterday and turn things around,” Head Coach Sandra Chu said. “They rowed like a completely different crew today and that change is a testament to their commitment to each other but also to the very difficult work of analyzing and correcting their errors. They demonstrated excellent resiliency.”
In the second varsity eight, Susan Tuvell, Carissa Boire, Catherine Wolf-Rodda, Morgan Atanasio, Emma Tiedemann, Eliza Orrick, Laurie VanBenschoten, Alex Belden, and Morgan Burgess logged a winning time of 7:11.6 to top WPI by 10.9 seconds and Tufts by 13.72 seconds.
“The 2V also built upon yesterday’s race,” Chu said. “They had a very strong start, handling some of the issues they encountered yesterday. They were able to make some changes with their catch as well and picked up a little more speed today.”
The Heron novice eight of Hannah Glenshaw, Karoline Loretan, Acadia Moeyersoms, Hannah Novak, Sammie Kearney, Margaret Cameron, Nora Burd, Nina Prescott, and Samantha Fresh completed the sweep in impressive fashion. They barreled down the course in 7:33.72 for a 24.55-second margin of victory over the Thoroughbreds. Tufts and Clark took third and fourth, respectively.
“The novices charged off the line and didn’t look back,” Chu said. “They had a solid lead established by the 500 and did not become complacent. They continued to push for more, which is becoming a hallmark of this class.”
William Smith will seek its fourth consecutive Liberty League Championship when the conference convenes on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Sunday, April 27.