The William Smith rowing team enjoyed a strong performance on Fish Creek in the Head of the Fish Regatta on Saturday. The Heron varsity eight led the way with a silver medal winning performance in the squad’s fall finale.
William Smith’s top crew powered down the 3,400-meter course in 12:04.87, trailing only defending national champion Williams (11:45.05). The Heron varsity eight was powered by Kim Goral, Lauren Blake-Whitney, Sinead Reilly, Christine Reighley, Maggie Smith, Katie Paige, Tess Wiggins, Alyssa Trebilcock, and Elizabeth Hughes in the 17-boat field.
“We had great competition out there and focused on being riskier out of the chute,” Head Coach Sandra Chu said. “With a shorter course, we knew we’d have to make quick technical changes and be extremely aggressive.”
William Smith entered two boats in the women’s collegiate JV 8+ event. The Heron second varsity eight of Emily Davidowitz, Sarah Gordon, Emma Tiedemann, Caroline DeWeirdt, Alexandra Clark, Abbe Lentz, Carly Ellis, Morgan Burgess, and Eliza Orrick, just missed a medal, finishing fourth out of 14 entries, bettering its seeding by one place. The 2V8+ posted a time of 12:59.17. Williams, UMass, and UConn were the top three crews in the event. The Heron third varsity eight entered the event for the first time, taking 12th place.
In the women’s collegiate novice 4+ event, William Smith finished seventh out of 21 crews with a time of 15:50.28. The Herons crossed the line just 0.01 seconds ahead of eighth place Amherst. The Herons’ finish was five spots higher than last year’s entry.
In the women’s collegiate novice 8+ race, William Smith produced a time of 14:12.74 to finish ninth in a field of 23.
“It’s been a tremendous fall season,” Chu said. “The team as a whole has done a great job of taking advantage of every opportunity to develop speed. The intensity and focus that they bring to every aspect of training has borne out in our results and, most importantly, the team’s depth.”