Women's Rowing

Rowing Kicks Off Spring Season Against Coast Guard

Head coach Jim Dietz is in his 20th year leading UMass rowing during 2013-14.

Head coach Jim Dietz is in his 20th year leading UMass rowing during 2013-14.

March 21, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass rowing team will open its spring season at its home course on the Connecticut River against Coast Guard this Saturday. This will be the only home race for the squad this season. Last year, the Minutewomen hosted Coast Guard in an exhibition meeting and finished first in all three races: the Varsity 8+, JV 8+ and Varsity 4+.

Projected Lineups
Varsity 8+ Entry A: Heather Pekarovich, Taryn Wilson, Emily Mann, Marika Kopp, Pippa Edwards, Candace Miller, Sam Kolovson, Lauren St. Pierre & Allanah Rubi-Mooney.

Varsity 8+ Entry B: Haley Eovine, Krysten Menks, Nicole Destefano, Kyla Miller, Gabrielle Hayward, Catherine Murphy, Hadley Irvin, Nicole Juul-Hindsgaul & Estefi Marti Malvido.



Checking the Forecast
Saturday will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and a high of 45 degrees with a low of 32.

The 2013-14 Minutewomen
This year's team is returning 33 athletes from last season and has added 25 newcomers. The senior class boasts 13 returners and four members of the Class of 2015 remain.

This year's captains are seniors Taryn Wilson and Nicole Juul-Hindsgaul.

The 2013 Fall Season
The Minutewomen began the fall campaign with their second straight appearance at the Head of the Oklahoma. Claudia Caballero Larco, Emily Mann, Lauren St. Pierre and Taryn Wilson competed for UMass along with head coach Jim Dietz, who raced in a set of Men's Masters events. A pair of gold medal finishes in the Open Lightweight 2x and 4x marked the best results of the weekend for Massachusetts.

The following weekend, UMass split up its squad and competed at the Head of the Housatonic in Derby, Conn., and Seven Sisters Sculling Race in Northampton, Mass. The program continued its strong start as it took first in the 1x, 2x and 4x events at the Seven Sisters Sculling Race and picked up gold in the Open 1x at the Head of the Housatonic.

The Minutewomen entered six boats into the prestigious 49th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston last October. UMass secured silver in the Lightweight 4+ and captured eighth in the Club 8+ race.

The team traveled to the Head of the Fish the ensuing weekend, which was the final race of the fall season for the full squad. UMass seized seven first place finishes and three boats added silver medal runs. Among the gold medalists were the Collegiate 1x, Collegiate Open 2-, Lightweight 4+, Quad, Collegiate 8+, Novice 4+ and Novice 8+.

The novice rowers finished the season at the annual Green Monster Regatta in Dartmouth, N.H. where the first Novice 8+ entry notched a fourth place finish.

A partial squad traveled to participate in the Collegiate Small Boat Challenge, a new addition to the UMass schedule, to round out the season. The Minutewomen took first place in the 1x A and 2x E Final events and captured silver in the 1x D Final.

Impressive Freshman
The Minutewomen freshmen are off to blazing starts early in their careers at UMass. The following are a few to keep an eye on in the spring season:

Emily Mann was the only underclassman invited on the trip to the Head of the Oklahoma where she was able to record two golds, a silver and a bronze. She was also a member of the highest finishing UMass boat at the prominent Head of the Charles Regatta after earning silver in the Lightweight 4+. Mann followed this performance with two golds and a silver at the Head of the Fish.

Pippa Edwards started her UMass rowing career with a strong second place finish in the Open 4+ at the Head of the Housatonic. Later that day, she followed with a gold in the 4+ at the Seven Sisters Sculling Race. Edwards continued her stellar pace at the Head of the Fish by recording two first place finishes in the Novice 4+ and Novice 8+ events.

Haley York began the season on a quality note as she helped the Novice 8+ boat win bronze at the Head of the Housatonic. The following weekend at the Head of the Charles in Boston, she rowed with the Club 8+ boat to a respectable eighth place finish. York ended her fall season with two golds at the Head of the Fish.

Teagan Rolf von den Baumen, an Oakville, Ontario native, rowed with the Club 8+ boat along with fellow freshman, York, at the Head of the Charles in October and helped secure an eighth place finish. She also captured gold with the Novice 4+ and Novice 8+ boats at the annual Head of the Fish Regatta.

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