This weekend marked the beginning of the fall racing season for Williams crew. On Saturday, both novice women and half of the varsity women’s team completed at the Mount Holyoke Regatta in Holyoke, Mass, while the varsity men and the remaining varsity women raced at the Textile River Regatta in Lowell, Mass. on Sunday.
If the weekend’s results are any indication of the season’s overall turnout, Williams crew is in for a triumphant fall.
Williams women’s crew boated an eight and a four at the Mt. Holyoke Regatta. The four (Kristin Wikelius ’01; Becca Parker-Johnson ’02; Stephanie Pirishis ’02; stroke, Heather Barney ’01; cox, Jackie Dinzey ’03) produced unmatchable power all day, winning both their heat (which was a head race, typical of the fall season) and their final (a sprint race usually reserved for the spring racing season).
In addition to the gold medals hung around their necks, the women earned the overall time plaque for coming in with the fastest times in heats and finals combined.
Williams also boated a women’s second varsity eight (Randi Lewis ’03; Parker-Johnson; Diane Reis ’03; Anna Crowley ’03; Maya Garcia ’02; Kimmie Kemper ’03; Emma Herries ’03; stroke, Celina Zlotoff ’01; cox, Binney McCague ’03). This boat came in fourth both in its heat and in the final. Mt. Holyoke swept both events.
Also racing at Mt. Holyoke were the class of 2004 novice women, who showed their competition who will be the team to beat this year.
The Williams women (Catherine Burgess; Elizabeth Hatcher; Mary Lydeker; Anne Lewis; Annie Moore; Lindsay Boland; Liz Remus; stroke, Anne Rutherford; cox, Rebecca Wertzer) rowed a solid head race in the morning’s heat, finishing first over Holyoke’s A-boat by four seconds.
In the afternoon final, Williams again came in first, this time 23 seconds ahead of Holyoke’s A, followed by two boats from Smith College.
The novices, under the instruction of a new coach, were certainly a highlight of the regatta, earning their first college gold medals.
Following Saturday’s races were further successes at the Textile River Regatta. The varsity men entered three even boats in the fours event and also boated an eight. The eight (Noah Coburn ’02; Mike Paarlberg ’02; Chris Flynn ’04; Derek Ward ’02; Angus Beal ’03; Tone Salerno ’01; Dan Clayburgh ’01; stroke, Dan Werbel-Sanborn ’02; cox Evan Hiller ’03) looked smooth throughout the race, placing ninth in a field of 30 crews.
The men’s fours event held nearly 40 crews. The first four (Coburn; Paarlberg; Alex Gordon ’04; stroke, Werbel-Sanborn; cox, Bowie Zunino ’04) came in eighth. The second four (Dave Goodman ’03; Beal; Ward; stroke, Clayburgh) – coxed by alumna Emily Boer ’00 – finished 13th. The third four (Steve Scroggins ’04; Matt Jungers ’03; Chris Flynn ’03; stroke, Salerno; cox, Hiller) placed 18th.
Williams’ varsity women had an impressive day on the Textile as well (Barney; Wikelius; Liz Mygatt ’03; Danielle Tarantolo ’01; Kathryn Hibbert ’02; Rachael De Souza ’03; Laura Spero ’02; stroke, Shoshana Clark ’02; cox, Emilie Mathieu ’02).
The crew covered the 3.1-mile racecourse in just over 19 minutes, placing second, only two seconds off the Community Rowing Club’s time.
Riverside, the crew that edged Williams out for the gold last year, came in fourth, 14 seconds behind the Williams women.
Commenting on the women’s team was co-captain Heather Barney: “The entire women’s squad showed a tremendous amount of heart this weekend: our four hopped into an entirely untested lineup for race day, [and] our second varsity eight stepped up to race against first boats from other schools.”
“Our first eight rowed against polished club programs that have been training together for months, and our novices just rowed by eights for the first time on the day before their race.”
“Given all that, the results were incredible. It’s a great starting point.”
“In a couple more weeks, when we’ll be able to combine that fight with a bit more experience, I think we’ll see some really great things happening.”