WORCESTER, Mass. – The Assumption women's rowing team received strong performances from both its Varsity 4 boat and Varsity 8 boat on Saturday at the New England Rowing Championships held on Lake Quinsigamond.
The Varsity 4 boat finished fifth in its time trial to reach the grand final later in the day. They raced in the final at 2:18 and placed fourth overall with a time of 8:09.6, its fastest time this spring. The boat was just nine seconds out of second, while edging New Hampshire who placed fifth with a time of 8:10.3.
Assumption's Varsity 8 took sixth in its opening heat of the day with a time of 7:08.4 to advance to the third level final. Racing at 5:17 pm in the final, they placed fifth in the heat with a time of 7:25.8. Middlebury won the heat in 7:16.1, followed by Amherst, Johnson & Wales and Mt. Holyoke.
"Both boats had a really good day of close racing with the competition," said head coach Aline Seekins. "It was great to see the improvement the team has made over the past year."
Cox: Katie Danieli (Chelmsford, Mass. / Chelmsford)
Stroke: Abby Boyko (Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / Our Lady of Lourdes)
Tara LePage (Amherst, N.H. / Souhegan)
Alexis Gibbons (Shirley, Mass. / St. Bernard's Central Catholic)
Julianna Woods (Manchester, N.H. / Manchester Memorial)
Madison Studley (Dover, N.H. / Dover)
MaryHope Gardner (Deep River, Conn. / Valley Regional High School)
Karolina Dzieminski (Webster, Mass. / Bartlet)
Hannah Avard (Manchester, N.H. / Manchester West)
Cox: Christina Kuss (Monson, Mass. / Monson)
Catherine Donnelly (Rehoboth, Mass. / St. Mary Academy Bay View)
Emily Baker (Barrington, R.I. / Barrington)
Alexis Wilusz (Hampton, N.H. / Winnacunne)
Gina Savino (South Windsor, Conn. / East Catholic)
Assumption returns to action next weekend, May 11-12, when the team competes in the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.