The William Smith rowing team put together a strong day of racing in its season opening HWS Challenge on the Canal. The Herons won three of the day’s five women’s races.
Taking first (18:34) and fifth (19:32) in the first event of the day, the varsity four, the Herons gave the spectators, who lined the shores, a taste of the day and showed off the depth of the team. The winning varsity four was powered by sophomore Alicia Supernault, senior Anne Wakeman, senior Kerry O’Neill, sophomore Crary Chandler, and senior Emily Maguire.
The Herons crossed the line first in the novice eight event as well, logging a time of 18:52 behind the strength of senior Alexandra Bowers and first-years Emily Desmery, Cassandra Pearce, Claire Brown, Whitney Elrod, Kara Ruskin, Jenna Lohre, Tallarie Thurgood, and Maggie Smith. William Smith’s B and C entries placed eighth (20:47) and eleventh (22:14), respectively.
The varsity eights had strong showings, crossing the line third in the 1V (17:06) to Ithaca’s first place finish (16:33) and just behind Rochester (17:02). The 2V finished second (17:35), also behind Rochester.
Wrapping up the day, the Herons dominated the novice fours race, stopping the clock at 20:11, three minutes and 22 seconds over the field. First-year Caroline Lui, Brown, Lohre, Thurgood, and Smith pulled William Smith to the victory.
“I think we showed off our beautiful venue as well as saw the speed of some of our early line-ups,” Head Coach Sandra Chu said. “I’m very impressed with the way all the women raced, combining flexibility with resiliency, as we only set line-ups on Friday.
“I also want to commend the first-year class on its performances in the novice races. They’re a naturally athletic group and have been making rapid improvements. Coaches Lucinda Keck and Jessica Wojslaw have done a fantastic job guiding these women.”
The Herons are off next weekend as they prepare for the prestigious Head of the Charles, Oct. 18-19.