WORCESTER, Mass. - The Assumption women's rowing used a number of strong finishes to post one of the team's best performances at the New England Rowing Championships, Saturday on Lake Quinsigamond.
Assumption's Varsity 4 came through with a fifth place finish in the time trials by finishing in 6:33.3. Middlebury had the top mark in 6:20.9, while Conn. College, Bowdoin and Bryant rounded out the top four. UMass Lowell was sixth while Simmons was seventh. The performance qualified them for the grand final and they rowed to a fifth place finish in a time of 8:27.8, finishing just two seconds behind Bryant and 11 seconds ahead of UMass Lowell, who was sixth.
The Hounds' second Varsity 4 competed at the NERC for the first time in program history and took 11th in the time trials. In the petite final, the boat placed fifth overall in a time of 8:49.8. Smith finished just ahead of them in 8:47.8 while URI took sixth in 9:10.4.
The varsity 8 competed in heat one of its time trials and finished sixth with a time of 7:18.5. In the finals, they took fifth with a time of 7:41.5. The team placed ahead of Conn. College and trailed Amherst who was fourth in 7:26.4.
Assumption returns to action on Friday when the team competes in the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.
Cox: Katie Danieli (Chelmsford, Mass. / Chelmsford / UNH)
Stroke: Abby Boyko (Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / Our Lady of Lourdes)
Michelle Byrnes (Oakdale, N.Y. / St. John the Baptist)
Julianna Woods (Manchester, N.H. / Manchester Memorial)
MaryHope Gardner (Deep River, Conn. / Valley Regional High School)
Lily Vartanian (Vernon, Conn. / Rockville)
Tara LePage (Amherst, N.H. / Souhegan)
Karolina Dzieminski (Webster, Mass. / Bartlet)
Hannah Avard (Manchester, N.H. / Manchester West)
Cox: Kathryn Witherwax (Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / Our Lady of Lourdes)
Stroke: Shannon McLaughlin (Chelmsford, Mass. / Chelmsford)
Gina Savino (South Windsor, Conn. / East Catholic)
Savannah Taylor (Edmond, Ok. / Casady School)
Emily Baker (Barrington, R.I. / Barrington)
2nd Varsity 4
Cox: Olivia Bombardier (Duxbury, Mass. / Duxbury)
Stroke: Catherine Donnelly (Rehoboth, Mass. / St. Mary Academy Bay View)
Taylor Poland (Johnston, R.I. / Johnston)
Madison Doyle (Foxborough, Mass. / Foxborough)
Meghan Lee (Londonderry, N.H. / Londonderry)