April 7, 2012

Women’s Crew Set to Open Spring Season With First Ever Home Race

NORTH ANDOVER, MA – The Merrimack women's crew team will continue its first season of competition April 7 as it opens the spring season hosting its first ever home race. Bryant University, also a first year team, will travel up to Lawrence, Mass. for a dual meet on the Merrimack River.

"We are excited to be hosting Bryant College for our inaugural home race," said head coach Tim Desrosiers.  The girls have been training hard since September and it is time to see that work pay off on the race course.  This race will be a great test for us. We expect to be very competitive on the Freshman/Novice level this spring and to learn and grow as a team every single race.  If we can gain experience and get just a little bit faster each time out on the water, this season will be a total success."

The racing kicks off with the Freshman/Novice 8+ event at 10:20 am, followed by the Freshman/Novice 4+ event at 11:15 am.  Both races will start near Jackson's Restaurant in Methuen, Mass. and boats will race downstream 2000 meters through the Rt. 93 Bridge towards the Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program in Lawrence Mass. 

All of the key contributors from the fall season for the Warriors have returned for the spring season. Leading the way for the Warriors in the Novice 8+ race are Jessie Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.), Jane Pavalakis (Rockland, ME), Kelsey Woods (Mashpee, Mass.), Kaylee McKenna (Georgetown, Texas), Julia Barry (West Boylston, Mass.), Jenna Zechner (Billerica, Mass.), Hannah Anderson (Tewksbury, Mass.) , Tamara O'Donnell (Billerica, Mass.) and coxswain Emily Moldoff (Salem, NH). Newcomers McKenna and Zechner look to add some depth and athleticism to the first year team.

"This spring we added some depth and athleticism to our roster as soccer players Jenna Zechner and Kaylee McKenna joined the team during our winter training," stated Desrosiers. "While they have been playing catch-up on the water due to not rowing in the fall season, both girls brought an intensity and understanding of competition on the collegiate level that has really benefited the other girls.  Our strength as a unit has really grown since the fall semester.  We are training harder, smarter and faster with each passing day."

This spring the Warriors will compete in five total races including the Clark Regatta, UMass Lowell Regatta and the New England Rowing Championships on May 5.