UMass Rowing Represented At C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints
Feb. 21, 2011
BOSTON - Eight members of the UMass women's rowing team competed in the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints on Sunday at Agganis Arena in Boston. Five Minutewomen were entered in the Women's Openweight at the World Indoor Rowing Championships while three Massachusetts rowers, each of whom raced as part of the Lightweight 8+ that took home the gold at last season's Dad Vail Regatta, competed in the Women's Lightweight Open. Megan Donovan led all UMass rowers with a ninth place finish in lightweight competition, while Adrienne Breef-Pilz placed 31st amongst Women's Open competitors.
Donovan, a 2010 Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team member, finished the 2000-meter pull in a tie for ninth place with a time of 7:27.10. The Orange, Mass. native topped her time of 07:38.30 from last season's Sprints, while also jumping four spots in the final standings. Clocking in next for the Minutewomen was junior Emily Boucher, who finished 14th overall. Boucher, a member of the 2010 USRowing Under-23 National Team in the Lightweight Single Sculls, finished with a time of 7:32.90. Rounding out the lightweight competitors from UMass was senior co-captain Liz Euiler, who finished 28th overall with a time of 7:54.70, cutting six seconds off her time from 2010 (07:48.50).
Breef-Pilz got things started for the Minutewomen in the Openweight competition with a time of 07:17.30, good for 31st overall. Nipping at Breef-Pilz's heels was Amanda Doolin, who finished just .1 seconds behind with a 33rd place finish at 07:17.40. Doolin, an A-10 All-Conference Second Team from last season, rowed consistently after last year's time of 07:17.50 at the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints.
The next to complete the course was junior Kendall Bennett, who placed 37th with a time of 07:19.50. Senior Alexandra DiMatteo, a 2010 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team member, finished the course in 61st place with a time of 07:28.30, while Rachel Spielberg clocked in at 07:38.30, a 95th place finish out of 216 competitors.
The Minutewomen will begin its search for the team's 14th Atlantic 10 title when their outdoor season commences on March 19 with a scrimmage against the Coast Guard Academy at 8 AM on the Connecticut River.