The William Smith College rowing team captured a pair of victories and finished second in two other races in a second day of racing on Lake Quinsigamond Sunday morning. Building on the strengths of Saturday’s racing, the Herons hit the water with clear goals on how to evolve their race execution.
The novice eight of Alyssa Deem, Kylie Wyskochil, Emily O’Brien, Emily Smith, Jennifer Sullivan, Katherine Hesler, Alexandra Townsend, Lauren Pomerantz, and Tamsin Smith built the largest margin of victory, defeating Tufts by more than 20 seconds.
The varsity four, rowing in the newly christened Lauren Head ’83, also placed first, eking out a 1.61-second win over second place Amherst. Connecticut College, Amherst B, Clark and WPI rounded out the field. The Heron V4 was powered by Brianna Taylor, Anola Stage, Caroline DeWeirdt, Margaret Cameron, and Megan Miskovsky.
William Smith finished second in both the varsity eight and second varsity eight races. Both boats rowed gutsy races, stepping up from Saturday’s improvements. The Heron 1V, ranked 14th in the latest coaches poll, trailed first place and sixth-ranked Tufts at the finish line by 6.34 seconds. William Smith stopped the clock at 6:51.34, more than 11 seconds ahead of No. 11 WPI. Amherst, Skidmore, and Clark were fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively.
The William Smith 2V also trailed the Jumbos at the line, by less than five seconds. The Herons turned in a time of 7:11.86, clipping the Engineers by 1.25 seconds. The Thoroughbreds were a distant fourth.
“We have come to see this weekend as an opportunity for our growth and this year we definitely took advantage of the great conditions and competition,” Head Coach Sandra Chu said. “We converted on these opportunities to test our ability, to apply practice to racing, and to continue to improve from Day 1 to Day 2 of competition, something that will serve us well going into postseason. I was impressed with the team’s heart yesterday and even more so today.”