For the second time in as many days, the third-ranked Willliam Smith College rowing team’s varsity eight defeated No. 9 Marietta College. In a morning of racing on Seneca Lake, the Herons defeated the Pioneers and RIT in the 1V, but just like yesterday on the Cayuga Inlet, Marietta exacted a measure of revenge by winning the second varsity eight race.
“Racing on Seneca Lake for the first time in 125 years was an historic occasion for the team and we were glad to be a part of this,” William Smith Head Coach Sandra Chu said.
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 found itself in a tight race at the midpoint of the 2,000-meter course, but relied on its fitness and speed to pull away down the stretch, crossing the finish line in 7:18.69. The Pioneers were second, 9.56 seconds behind, with the Tigers taking third in 7:51.46.
In the second varsity eight race, Marietta logged a winning time of 7:49.96. William Smith’s novice eight took second in 7:56.94. The Heron second varsity eight, which featured a suffled lineup due to injuries suffered on Saturday, was third in 8:02.39. RIT finished fourth with a time of 8:09.55.
William Smith’s novice four won an exhibition race against RIT on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, finishing more than 27 seconds ahead of the Tigers.
“With two injuries sustained in yesterday’s racing in the 2V, I was very proud of the way both the 1N and 2V stepped up to lineup changes this morning,” Chu said. “I think their performances show off the resiliency of the team. The 1V had good improvements in their sprint sequence this morning but still has more base speed to find.
“Choppy and rolling conditions on the lake were great learning opportunities for us since it is so early in the season. The novice 4 showed its fitness as well and put forward a great race emphasizing strong fundamentals.”
William Smith will be back in action on Saturday, April 7, when the Herons race top-ranked Williams in Saratoga Springs.