SYDNEY, Maine -- Rain and wind whipped down the two kilometer course marked on Messalonskee lake as 14th ranked Colby women's crew took to their shells for their only home regatta of the season. The mental toughness and local knowledge of a spring in the same conditions proved essential, and the Mules' Second and Third Varsity Eights both raced to victory over the University of Vermont and the University of New Hampshire.
In the first race of the day for the women, the Mules First Varsity Eight of Coxswain Lillie Kontor, Stroke Ellie Krossa, 7 Katie McKinley, 6 Rosie Kilcoyne, 5 Carlin Schildge, 4 Alessandra Grossman, 3 Marta Torelli, 2 Helen Watson, and Bow Lilly Watson finished second with a time of 7:22.2 behind UVM's 7:13.8 and ahead of UNH's 7:27.1.
In Second Varsity Eight racing, after the race was started and then called back to re-start twice due to equipment issues and steering issues, the race finally got underway the third time around. The Mules Second Varsity Eight of Coxswain Ellie Parker, Stroke Stewart Egan, 7 Eliza Mushinski, 6 Annabel McLaughlin, 5 Alyssa Kent, 4 Alison Obstler, 3 Katie Squires, 2 Kate Burke, and Bow Itsy Seeman raced to a commanding victory over UVM and UNH with a time of 7:39.1. UVM finished second with a time of 7:49.1 and UNH was third finishing with a time of 8:04.5.
In the final race of the day, the Mules Third Varsity Eight of Coxswain Riley Karp, Stroke Charlotte Jones, 7 Caitie O'Sullivan, 6 Lucia Middleton, 5 Sloane Hauck, 4 Helen Carroll, 3 Lucy Weaver, 2 Abby Conway, and Bow Jodie Cen took a commanding victory over UVM with a time of 8:15.5 ahead of UVM's 8:33.6.
Colby Women's Crew heads to Greene, ME tomorrow to race against Bates and Bowdoin in the 23rd annual Presidents Cup. Colby moved into the top 15 national rankings this week for division III schools and looks to continue their positive momentum at their upcoming competitions.