Blue Crew Wins 3V8, 4V8 Races In Match-up With Nationally Ranked Teams

Sloane Rice/Liz Shumway (Frank Poulin)
Sloane Rice/Liz Shumway (Frank Poulin)

WORCESTER, Mass. – With near ideal conditions on Lake Quinsigamond, No. 4 Wellesley College crew took to the water against three nationally ranked opponents in Tied-No. 1 Bates, No. 9 WPI, and No. 13 Trinity (Conn.) on Sunday. The Blue earned first place finishes in both the 3rd Varsity 8 and 4th Varsity 8 races, and were the runner-up to Bates in both the Varsity 8 and 2nd Varsity 8.

Wellesley's 4V8 won for the second time in as many tries this spring, recording a time of 7:16.00 to outpace Bates (7:21.45) and WPI (7:45.49) in the final race of the morning. The 4V8 victory came on the heels of a Wellesley victory in the 3V8, as the Blue finished in 7:16.25 to again defeat Bates (7:28.21) and WPI (7:39.00).

Bates was first in both the V8 and 2V8 races, with the order among the finishers staying the same for both races. Wellesley took second in the V8, trailing the Bobcats by just under six seconds with a time of 6:49.62. WPI was third (6:57.57) and Trinity (7:20.57) was fourth. It was the same story in the 2V8, with Bates in first in 6:55.43, followed by Wellesley (7:02.93), WPI (7:07.03) and Trinity (8:07.74). 

Competing earlier this weekend on Saturday, Wellesley's Novice Four raced Trinity on the Malden River but was forced to stop during the race by less than ideal conditions.

Wellesley will continue the season next Saturday, April 15, on the Malden River in Medford, Mass. The defending national champion Blue will see Bates again, along with the nation's other No. 1 ranked team in Wesleyan and No. 6 Tufts in a match-up of national title contenders. 

Wellesley Lineups: 

V8+: 1- Anna Gaskill, 2- Rhiannon Mulligan, 3- Kelsey Campbell, 4- Molly Hoyer, 5- Ali Rondeau, 6- Faye Washburn, 7- Kathryn Barth, 8- Emilia Ball, c- Stephanie Kim

2V8+: 1- Katie Livingston, 2- Mia Caglieris, 3- Liz Shumway, 4- Audrey Ellis, 5- Jocelyn Reahl, 6- Sloane Rice, 7- Meg Babikian, 8- Chloe Carlander, c- Sydney Stento 

3V8+: 1- Julia Wainwright, 2- Sianna Casey, 3- Taylor Burke, 4- Frances Dingivan, 5- Allie Collins-Anderson, 6- Alison Carey, 7- Eve Montie, 8- Kelsey Gosch, c- Sooji Kang

4V8+: 1- Clare Auld-Brokish, 2- Becky Rudolph, 3- Maria Barrera, 4- Hannah Barton, 5- Alyssa Rivera, 6- Emmet Odegaard, 7- Emma Bruce, 8- Maria Iannotti, c- Alex Klufas 

N4+: 1- Catherine Abaldo, 2- Emmet Odegaard, 3- Anya Keomurjian, 4- Maria Iannotti, c- Charlie Kasper