Women's Rowing Posts Trio of Top Three Finishes as Part of Bernie Brown Cup

Maggie Freed

Worcester, MA --- WPI women's rowing continued its string of competing against strong crews this season when they welcomed two other top 10 teams to Lake Quinsigamond on Easter Sunday morning.  The ninth-ranked varsity eight was third behind third-ranked William Smith and eighth-ranked Tufts, who captured the Bernie Brown Cup after the Engineers had held it for three straight years. 

The varsity eight made up of Corre Steele (Stow, MA), Anisa Swei (Brookline, MA), Maggie Freed (Staunton, VA), Brooke Cotta (Bristol, RI), Julie Waddell (Phoenix, AZ), Emily Hofmeister (Mission Hills, KS), Liz Audet (Terryville, CT), Sandra Garcia-Fine (Cobleskill, NY) and coxswain Jess Prashaw (East Greenbush, NY) registered a time of 7:04.31, defeating Clark and Skidmore but nine seconds back of William Smith just under 4.5 seconds behind Tufts. 

The second varsity eight of Rebecca Barolli (Middlebury, CT), Rachael Matty (Pomfret Center, CT), Elisabeth Boulanger (Grafton, MA), Victoria Loehle (Morganville, NJ), Kayla McAvoy (Old Saybrook, CT ), Christina Bottom (Auburn, MA), Arianna Niro (Milford, MA), Kelsey Stergiou (Manchester, NH) and coxswain Dominique Throop (Fairfax Station, VA) placed second in a time of 7:22.50.  The Crimson and Gray was sandwiched behind William Smith (7:11.60) and ahead of Tufts (7:25.32). 

The third varsity eight comprised of Sarah Smith (San Jose, CA), Audrey Allen (Topsfield, MA), Zulean Cruz-Diaz (Pharr, TX ), Kristin Olson (San Diego, CA), Alexa Hiznay (Trumbull, CT), Jennifer Golden (Norton, MA), Julia Pershken (Albion, ME), Sarah Bucknam (Johnston, RI) and coxswain Nicole Quintal (Colchester, VT) defeated Tufts 7:38.47 to 7:41.19 to win for the second time this weekend and third time in four races this spring.  

After a weekend off, WPI begins its postseason on Saturday, May 4th, competing in the New England Championships of Lake Quinsigamond.