Worcester, MA --- WPI women's rowing wrapped up its 2015 spring season Sunday at the ECAC National Invitational on Lake Quinsigamond.
In a day that saw a majority of crews post better times in the morning than the afternoon, the third varsity eight was the exception, registering a quicker time while taking the petite finale. The Engineers reached the tape in a time 8:05.478, besting second place Tufts by over ten seconds. Earlier in the day, WPI finished fourth in in its morning heat (8:06.884).
The varsity eight rowed to a third place finish in the third level final. In a race won by New Hampshire, the Crimson and Gray was edged for second by Coast Guard by less than half a second (7:52.260 to 7:52.670) and bested Simmons, St. Lawrence and Mount Holyoke. In the morning, the Boynton Hillers clocked a fifth place time of 7:25.805 in heat 2.
The second varsity also proved to be better in the afternoon, crossing the line in a time of 7:41.115 to place fifth in the petite finals. WPI had shaved nearly 30 seonds of their heat time of 8:10.272.
The ECAC Invitational marks the conclusion of the 2014-2054 season for WPI. The Engineers will begin the 2015-2016 fall season at the Textile River Regatta on October 4th.
Basak Soylu (Mill Creek, WA) - Coxswain
Emily Hofmeister (Mission Hills, KS)
Anisa Swei (Brookline, MA)
SaraBeth Leach (Fairfax Station, VA)
Kayla McAvoy (Old Saybrook, CT)
Maggie Freed (Staunton, VA)
Corre Steele (Stow, MA)
Rebecca Barolli (Middlebury, CT)
Sandra Garcia-Fine (Cobleskill, NY)
Second Varsity Eight
Nicole Quintal (Colchester, VT) - Coxswain
Sarah Smith (San Jose, CA)
Kristin Olson (San Diego, CA)
Kelsey Stergiou (Manchester, NH)
Audrey Allen (Topsfield, MA)
Zulean Cruz-Diaz (McAller, TX)
Jennifer Golden (Norton, MA)
Julia Pershken (Albion, ME)
Sarah Bucknam (Johnston, RI)
Third Varsity Eight
Larissa Naidoo (Acton, MA) - Coxswain
Alexa Hiznay (Trumbull, CT)
Emily Perkins (Leeds, ME)
Sarah Wutka (Granby, CT)
Huda Gad (Cairo, Egypt)
Jasmine Loukola (Wells, ME)
Emily Richardson (Portland, OR)
Rachel Santarsiero (Glastonbury, CT)
Abigail Sawyer (Uxbridge, MA)