The William Smith rowing team concluded its fall season today at the Head of the Fish. The Heron varsity eight and novice eight turned in the squad’s best finishes as both crews placed seventh in their respective events.
The varsity eight—Abbie DiPalma, Kirsten Cooper, Alaria Pizzo, Claire Brown, Jamie Billington, Kara Ruskin, Tess Wiggins, Emily Desmery, and Maggie Smith—was seventh in a field of 17, posting a time 14 minutes, 29.32 seconds. Williams finished first in 12:20.96. The Herons were fifth among Division III crews, as the Collegiate Eight field included Division I entries from UMass (3rd), Vermont (4th), and Sacred Heart (8th), Binghamton (11th), and Albany (15th).
“Each race the varsity eight has been able to show marked improvement and this race was no exception,” Head Coach Sandra Chu said. ” This is a great foundation on which to close our season on and from which to look forward to spring.”
In the Collegiate Novice Eight race, William Smith’s novice eight—Violet Cowan, Syd Cheney, Madison Finley, Leah Mucciarone, Emily Perkins, Emily Shelden, Melika Givili, Sarah Gordon, and Lucy Hoagland—finished 7th out of 28 crews in a time of 14:29.32. Of the six boats ahead of the Herons, three were Division I entries.
The Herons’ second novice eight was the top B entry and 11th overall in the Collegiate Novice Eight event. They turned in a time of 15:00.08.
“The novice program, under the strong guidance of Assistant Coach Jodi Hope, showed its depth today not only in its placement but also in its general comportment,” Chu said. “These boats capped off their season by showing good control, excellent length, and excellent maturity as a novice crew. I’m very excited about the future of our program because of this novice class.”
In the Collegiate Junior Varsity Eight event, William Smith’s second varsity eight—Kim Goral, Jenna Lohre, Laura Cappio, Cassie Becker, Lindsay White, Caroline Coster, Cassandra Pearce, Kristi Munson, and Tallarie Thurgood—was eighth out of 13 entries in a time of 14:06.69. The Herons’ third varsity eight placed 12th (15:02.99) in the same event.
“A strong finishing 500 helped the 2V8 hold its position as it came across the line,” Chu said. “I’m really proud of the progress this boat has shown this season. We’re looking forward to carrying this momentum into the spring and further developing the depth of the program.”