Lowell, MA --- The WPI women's rowing team started its 2013-2014 campaign at the Textile River Regatta in Lowell on Sunday. The Engineers had several strong showings, including a pair of silver medals and a third place showing.
The varsity eight composed of Liz Audet (Terryville, CT), Anisa Swei (Brookline, MA), Maggie Freed (Staunton, VA), Brooke Cotta (Bristol, RI), Julie Waddell (Phoenix, AZ), Emily Hofmeister (Mission Hills, KS), SaraBeth Leach (Fairfax Station, VA), Corre Steele (Stow, MA) and coxswain Jess Prashaw (East Greenbush, NY) claimed a silver medal with a time of 21:50.465 in the club eight while the second varsity eight of Lea Dighello (Wallingford, CT), Elisabeth Boulanger (Grafton, MA), Brianna Gillespie (Charlton, MA), Olivia Durand (East Freetown, MA), Sarah Smith (San Jose, CA), Rachael Matty (Pomfret, CT), Arianna Niro (Milford, MA), Sandra Garcia-Fine (Cobleskill, NY) and coxswain Dominique Throop (Fairfax Station, VA) posted a eighth place finish (23:59.014).
The novices made a solid debut with the boat made up of Nikki Mikolajczak (Virginia Beach, VA), Christina Bottom (Auburn, MA), Zulean Cruz-Diaz (Pharr, TX), Audrey Allen (Topsfield, MA), Jennifer Quigley (Kingston, NY), Huda Gad (Cairo, Egypt), Sarah Bucknam (Johnston, RI), Victoria Loehle (Morganville, NJ) and coxswain Nicole Quintal (Colchester, VT) finishing second (25:05.303) and the boat comprised of Julia Pershken (Albion, ME), Kelley Slabinski (Plainville, CT), Gabrielle O'Dell (Saratoga Springs, NY), Jennifer Golden (Norton, MA), Brittany Kyer (Flower Mound, TX), Amber Jiang (Zhongshan, China), Bianca Espinoza (Fresh Meadows, NY), Carolina Leguizamon (La Paz, Bolivia) and coxswain Hallie Kenyon (East Amherst, NY) placing sixth (29:08.905).
The Engineers also entered many of their top rowers in the open four. The grouping of Audet, Boulanger, Waddell, Cotta and coxswain Prashaw was third (25:15.682) and the team of Leach, Hoffmeister, Freed, Steele and coxswain Kelsey Stergiou (Manchester, NH) turned in a ninth-place showing (25:56.482).
WPI hosts the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta on Saturday, October 12th.