The William Smith rowing team opened the 2011-12 season with wins in four of the five races during the HWS Challenge on the Canal. The Herons captured gold in the varsity eight, the second varsity eight, varsity four, and novice four.
The varsity eight of Kim Goral, Lauren Blake-Whitney, Sinead Reilly, Christine Reighley, Tess Wiggins, Katie Paige, Sarah Gordon, Alyssa Trebilcock, and Maggie Smith beat the field by 38 seconds, crossing the finish line in 17:24. Marietta finished second followed by RIT, Ithaca A, Ithaca B, and Geneseo.
“This was a great opener for us,” Head Coach Sandra Chu said. “We have great top end speed. I’m not convinced we showed all of that speed today, so it’s exciting to look ahead to the next three weeks of racing.”
In the second varsity eight race, Emily Davidowitz, Elizabeth Hughes, Carly Ellis, Emma Dow, Eliza Orrick, Caroline DeWeirdt, Emma Tiedemann, Morgan Burgess, and Alexandra Clark put the Herons’ depth on display, posting a winning time, 17:56, that would have been good enough for second place in the varsity eight race. Marietta and RIT placed second and third, respectively, followed by William Smith’s third varsity eight, Ithaca’s third varsity eight, and Geneseo’s second varsity eight.
“I’m really proud of the 2V and 3V because their results mirror our coaching philosophy which is to value and develop every person in the program,” Chu said. “When you do that, your team develops depth and that pushes the speed of all the boats in the program.”
In the varsity four race, the Herons sent their ‘A’ and ‘B’ boats across the line 1-2. The top crew of Goral, Blake-Whitney, Reilly, Paige, and Smith turned in a winning time of 19:46.
Despite a limited amount of practice time due to injuries and illness, the novice four of Julie Kunzman, Nicole Desko, Dona Occhipinti, Carissa Boire, and Candace Carducci outdueled Clarkson for a 40-second victory, crossing the line in 23:50.
Marietta won the women’s novice eight by 58 seconds over William Smith.
The Herons return to the water on Saturday, Oct. 15, when they compete in the Head of the Genesee in Rochester.