Both the First and Second Varsity 8 crews made the grand final of their events in racing against some of the top ranked teams in Division III rowing on Saturday.
In the first race of a very windy and wet day in Worcester, the Varsity 8 finished second in their heat to advance to the Grand Final later in the day. Rowing into a very strong headwind and heavy rain, Ithaca, ranked 3rd nationally, finished first in the heat crossing the line at 7:38.60. The Mules finished second with a time of 7:43.39 ahead of UNH's time of 7:45.75 in what was a great battle down the course for the last spot into the Grand Final. Clark University was well off the pace of the first heat, finishing in 8:11.77.
Rowing in a complete downpour in the Grand Final, the Mules finished fourth against some very tough competitors. WPI, the top ranked team nationally, won the final in 7:16.20, followed by 3rd ranked Ithaca with a time of 7:22.20, 9th ranked William Smith with a time of 7:30.80, and then the Mules with a time of 7:49.70.
UNH, Clark, 11th ranked Trinity, and Connecticut College raced in the petite final with UNH winning that race.
Lillie Kontor (coxswain), Cara Moynihan (stroke), Katie McKinley (7), Ellie Krossa (6), Carlin Schildge (5), Alessandra Grossman (4), Marta Torelli (3), Helen Watson (2) and Lilly Watson (bow) raced in the Varsity 8 for the Mules
In Second Varsity 8 racing, the Mules easily advanced from their morning heat to the Grand Final, finishing second behind WPI. WPI crossed the line with a time of 7:59.80, followed by Colby with a time of 8:02.30. William Smith and Clark were well off the pace of the heat, finishing in 8:38.20 and 8:53.50, respectively.
With the rain still pouring down, the Mules rowed to a third place finish in the Grand Final. WPI won the event with a time of 7:29.6, followed by Ithaca in 7:36.9, and Colby with a time of 7:43.5. NESCAC rival Trinity College was well off the pace finishing in fourth with a time of 8:12.7.
William Smith, Connecticut College, Clark, and UNH raced in the petite final, with William Smith winning that race.
Chessy Singer was the coxswain for the Mules in the Second Varsity 8 heat and Minori Cohan coxed the Grand Final. Rowing in the Second Varsity 8 for the Mules was Stewart Egan (stroke), Eliza Mushinski (7), Rosie Kilcoyne (6), Alyssa Kent (5), Alison Obstler (4), Katie Squires (3), Kate Burke (2) and Itsy Seeman (bow).
Racing in the heaviest rain of the day, Colby's Third Varsity 8 crew rowed to a third place finish in their final-only race. The rain was coming down so hard at the finish line, that the stopwatch malfunctioned, and no official times were recorded for the event, only margins at the finish line. WPI won the race with a 11.1 second margin over Ithaca, and Colby was close behind with a margin of 14.2 seconds. Connecticut College and Trinity were further back finishing 25.8 and 28.7 seconds behind WPI respectively
Riley Karp (coxswain), Charlotte Jones (stroke), Annabel McLaughlin (7), Lucia Middleton (6), Sloane Hauck (5), Helen Carroll (4), Caitie O'Sullivan (3), Alessandra Amano (2), and Jodie Cen (bow) raced in the Third Varsity 8 for the Mules.
The Mules compete next in racing hosted on their home course on Messalonskee Lake against the University of Vermont and University of New Hampshire next Saturday, April 27th
The Mules then head to Greene, Maine on Sunday, April 28th to face off against 2nd ranked Bates and Bowdoin in the annual CBB race for the President's Cup.