The William Smith rowing team earned wins in the second varsity eight and the novice eight race in the annual HWS Challenge on the Canal. The Herons also posted second place finishes in the varsity eight and varsity four races.
Kim Goral, Laura Cappio, Christina Dagle, Rebecca Charlton, Tal Thurgood, Emily Shelden, Sophie Jenkins, Leila Peraro, and Kate Manilenko powered the second varsity eight. They used risky and long rowing to out-power second-place Ithaca by one second (18:01-18:02. Rochester took third place.
Ariel Nathan, Christina Dagle, Libby Hughes, Lauren Blake-Whitney, Jenkins, Grace Walter, Nadie Reilly, Manilenko, and Carly Ellis won the novice eight race finishing with a time of 18 minutes, 20 seconds. They dominated the field using strong fundamentals and good composure to finish 42 seconds ahead of second-place Ithaca. Rochester finished third.
In the first varsity eights race, Christine Babcock, Crary Chandler, Alaria Pizzo, Kara Ruskin, Jess Steketee, Alayna Beebe, Sarah Cordon, Liz Hafer and Libby Hughes finished second with a time of 17:07, putting out a strong performance behind winner Ithaca. Their second place finish was 13 seconds ahead of third place Rochester.
In the varsity four race, Rochester finished just nine seconds ahead of Babcock, Chandler, Pizzo, Ruskin and Steketee in the William Smith boat (19:09-19:18). Geneseo finished third in the race.
“I was extremely proud of the way the team raced today,” said Head Coach Sandra Chu. “We were able to put into play all of the things we have been showing in practice: risky rowing, strong composure, and solid fundamentals. Today’s racing has shown us that there are many things we are doing right on a daily basis and we are fired up to keep the momentum going.”
William Smith is back on the water on Oct. 16, when the Herons compete in the Head of the Genesee.