WORCESTER, MA - The Merrimack College Women's rowing team took to the water today in Worcester, MA at the New England Rowing Championships in pursuit of a title in the Women's Novice 4+ category. The day's racing began with the 8:10 heat. The Warriors heat consisted of UVM, Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Roger Williams and Wentworth. Merrimack placed second, securing a place in the 2 p.m. Grand Final.
In the Championship race, Merrimack held the lead through the 500, the 1000 and the 1500 meter mark. Amherst College was able to sprint through the crew in the final 300 meters to take home gold. Merrimack held off the rest of the field (Conn. College 3rd, UML 4th, Wesleyan 5th, Bowdoin 6th) and finished in Silver Medal position with a time of 7:59, bettering their time in the heats by 18 seconds.
"The girls put up two very solid races," said head coach Tim Desrosiers. "No one thought we would be standing on a medal podium in our first season. It's been really amazing to see the hard work that the girls put in over the winter pay off."
The crew of Rebecca Read (Lenox, Mass.), Jane Pavalkis (Rockland, ME), Jessie Eichel (North Chelmsford, Mass.), Julia Barry (West Boylston, Mass.) and coxswain Emily Moldoff (Salem, NH) capped off an outstanding season for the warriors. The warriors finished second amongst a very strong field of 12, with teams from all divisions.
"The final was a very gutsy row," stated Desrosiers. "If the race had been 150 meters shorter, we might have won. If the race had been 150 meters longer we might have taken 5th, it was that close. Hopefully the girls will take a few days off, rest up and get through finals and then start thinking about fitness for next year. I can't wait to go at it again."