WORCESTER, Mass. – The Assumption women's rowing team competed at the Dad Vail Regatta last weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, breaking the Varisty 8 school record in the process
The Varsity 8 competed against four nationally ranked teams at the Dad Vail and in their first race on Friday, they put forth a time of 7:18.58, breaking a school record. No. 3, Florida Institute of Technology, won the heat with a time of 6:45.458. No. 5 Barry and No. 8 Mercyhurst took second and third respectively, while Nova Southeastern placed fourth beating Assumption with a time of 7:08.593. The following day they rowed a 7:22.350 in the second final.
Varsity 8 Boat:
Coxswain: Madison Goodrow (Hopkinton, Mass. / Bancroft School)
Stroke: Abby Boyko (Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / Our Lady of Lourdes)
Michelle Byrnes (Oakdale, N.Y. / St. John the Baptist Diocesan)
Alexis Gibbons (Shirley, Mass. / St. Bernard's Central Catholic)
Lily Vartanian (Vernon, Conn. / Rockville)
Karolina Dzieminski (Webster, Mass. / Bartlet)
MaryHope Gardner (Deep River, Conn. / Valley Regional High School)
Renee Leavitt (Woburn, Mass. / Austin Prep)
Hannah Avard (Manchester, N.H. / Manchester West)
"The girls raced well on Friday posting the fastest time of the season and then handled the conditions well on Saturday to finish out the season on a strong note, said head coach Aline Seekins. "This was a great building season for the team with many positives moving us in the right direction. Next year, I hope to see this team keep getting faster and closing the gap on the top Division II teams."