Women’s Rowing Competes at Head of the Riverfront Regatta

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Assumption rowing team opened its 2017-18 season with a strong showing from both its Varsity 8 and Novice 8 boats at the Head of the Riverfront Regatta in Hartford, Connecticut on Sunday, Oct. 1.

The Varsity 8 raced at 9:20 am, competing against 16 other boats and finished in ninth overall with a 17:12.7. Wesleyan won the event in 15:43.6, followed by UConn and WPI. The Novice 8, meanwhile, took third out of five boats with its time of 21:12.4. The team fell to Sacred Heart, who won it in 21:12.4, and Clark, but beat Trinity and Johnson & Wales.

"It was great to be able to field a Varsity 8 as well as novice 8 at this point in the year," said head coach Aline Seekins. "The Varsity 8 raced a great first race and I was very happy to see what they were able to put out there in a racing situation. The Novice 8 had a great race as well and were able to bring home the bronze medal to kick off their fall. We are starting this year off much faster than we did last year and with much more depth on the team."

Varsity 8 Boat Lineup:
Coxswain: Renee Leavitt (Woburn, Mass. / Austin Prep)
Stroke: Karolina Dzieminski (Webster, Mass. / Bartlet)
Michelle Byrnes (Oakdale, N.Y. / St. John the Baptist Diocesan)
Abby Boyko (Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / Our Lady of Lourdes)
MaryHope Gardner (Deep River, Conn. / Valley Regional High School)
Lily Vartanian (Vernon, Conn. / Rockville)
Kathryn Witherwax (Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / Our Lady of Lourdes)
Alexis Gibbons (Shirley, Mass. / St. Bernard's Central Catholic)
Hannah Avard (Manchester, N.H. / Manchester West)

Novice 8 Boat Lineup:
Coxswain: Renee Leavitt
Stroke: Julianna Woods (Manchester, N.H. / Manchester Memorial)
Catherine Donnelly (Rehoboth, Mass. / St. Mary Academy Bay View)
Madison Studley (Dover, N.H. / Dover)
Emily Baker (Barrington, R.I. / Barrington)
Tara LePage (Amherst, N.H. / Souhegan)
Christina Kuss (Monson, Mass. / Monson)
Madison Doyle (Foxborough, Mass. / Foxborough)
Alexis Wilusz (Hampton, N.H. / Winnacunne)

The Hounds return to action in two weeks when they race on Lake Quinsigamond in the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta, concluding their fall race schedule.