Novice Four Advances to Grand Final in NE Championships

Worcester, Mass. (April 30) -- The Assumption College rowing team competed in its final event of the season, the New England Rowing Championships, on Saturday at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester. The Hounds raced a novice four boat, which earned a spot on the Novice Four Grand Final, and a varsity four boat which qualified for the Varsity Four Petite Final.


The novice four boat, which consisted of coxswain Meg Foley (Sterling, Mass. / Saint Peter Marian), stroke Michelle Byrnes (Oakdale, Mass. / St. John the Baptist Diocesan), three Abby Boyko (Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / Our Lady of Lourdes), two MaryHope Gardner (Deep River, CT / Valley Regional High School) and bow Hope Sutton (Hollis, N.H. / Hollis Brookline), kicked off the day's competition with a second-place finish in their heat. The team crossed the finish line in 8:39.345, behind Merrimack College, to earn a spot in the afternoon's Novice Four Grand Final.

The top five teams faced off in the grand final and the Hounds shaved off nearly eight seconds from their first race of the day. Assumption crossed the line fourth in a time of 8:31.94 while Bowdoin College claimed the victory (8:08.108).

The varsity four squad finished fifth in their seven-boat heat with a time of 8:25.043. The squad consisted of coxswain Janelle Lebeau (Douglas, Mass. / Blackstone Valley Reg. Voc. Tech.), stroke Alexis Gibbons (Shirley, Mass. / St. Bernard's Central Catholic), three Lauren McCarthy (Worcester, Mass. / Notre Dame Academy), two Annah Coddington (Beverly, Mass. / Beverly) and bow Hannah Wright (Chelmsford, Mass. / Chelmsford) and qualified for the petite final with its time.

In the petite final, the Hounds' varsity four finished third with a time of 8:38.504 behind Fairfield (8:26.423) and Franklin Pierce (8:31.838).

"Both boats had a good day of racing to finish out the season," head coach Aline Seekins said. "We saw some huge improvements from our first race back in March to ths point and I was pleased to see the girls have a good race to end with. We are losing two seniors from this year's squad but with the returning athletes and the new athletes joining the team next year, I know we will continue to move the program forward."

The New England Championship wraps up the 2015-16 season for the Hounds. 

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