Boston, MA --- WPI has earned NEWMAC Women's Rowing Boat of the Week honors for the first time in the four years it has been handed out.
The ninth-ranked Varsity Eight in Division III consisting of senior Gina Gonzalez-Roundey (Berkeley, CA), freshman Christine Hovermale (Almeda, CA), junior Jasmine Loukola (Wells, ME), junior Sarah Wutka (North Granby, CT), sophomore Marlies de Jong (Huntington Beach, CA), sophomore Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA), sophomore Eva Barinelli (Tewksbury, MA), senior Jennifer Golden (Norton, MA) and sophomore coxswain Madison Healey (Atkinson, NH) finished a close second to No. 4 Tufts in the Bernie Brown Cup Sunday. The Engineers were edged out of the top spot by 2.12 seconds (6:44.70 to 6:46.82) while they were comfortably in front of No. 10 William Smith, Clark and Skidmore.
On Saturday, the same boat placed second to No. 5 Ithaca (6:40.31), which remains undefeated this spring, in a time of 6:50.43. The Crimson and Gray topped No. 10 William Smith and No. 14 Trinity twice as the format featured heats and finals, while also defeating No. 12 Colby and UNH's club team in the main event.
The team returns to Lake Quinsigamond Saturday for the NEWMAC Championships, hosted by Clark.