Ranked third in the nation in the latest CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll, the William Smith College rowing team won all three races against the University of Rochester this afternoon. The Heron varsity eight, the second varsity eight, and the novice eight all produced open water victories.
The second varsity eight race was the first off the start line, but not without incident. The wind blew the crews into each other after the initial start, prompting the race official to restart the race 100 meters past the start line. The Yellowjackets stayed in contact through the first 1,000 meters, but Katie Lehmann, Elizabeth Hughes, Claire Brown, Caroline DeWeirdt, Laura Cappio, Maggie Smith, Carissa Boire, Emily Shelden, and Eliza Orrick pulled away in the second half of the race. William Smith posted a winning time of 7:08.51, 13.51 seconds ahead of Rochester.
The Heron varsity eight of Kim Goral, Liz Hafer, Sinead Reilly, Lauren Blake-Whitney, Sarah Gordon, Katie Paige, Tess Wiggins, Alyssa Trebilcock and Jess Steketee show impressive early season speed crossing the finish line in 6:56.06 for a comfortable 27.6-second victory.
The novice eights had the most trouble managing the wind, but after two unsuccessful attempts, the teams finally got a clean start on the third try. Mel Baltzer, Emma Tiedemann, Emma Dow, Emily Andersen, Amanda Reusch, Alexandra Clark, Alanna Dugan, Anola Stage, and Morgan Burgess posted the day’s widest margin of victory (38.17 seconds) on the strength of a 2-kilometer time of 7:32.82.
The Herons will be back on the water on Saturday, March 31, when they race at No. 6 Ithaca.