Women's Rowing

Rowing Heads To Rhode Island For The Yankee Cup

Captain Nicole Juul-Hindsgaul will compete in the Varsity 4+ this Saturday.

Captain Nicole Juul-Hindsgaul will compete in the Varsity 4+ this Saturday.

March 28, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass rowing team will begin its spring regular season this Saturday at the annual Yankee Cup in Kingston, R.I., when they take on Boston College and Atlantic 10 Conference foe, Rhode Island. Last weekend, the Minutewomen rowed in a scrimmage against the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Last year at the Yankee Cup, Massachusetts competed against Boston College and conference rivals Rhode Island and George Washington. The Varsity 8+ boat captured second place, finishing only three seconds behind host school, Rhode Island. The second Varsity 8+ event was a close race as UMass took home third. All teams crossed the finish line within sixteen seconds and the Minutewomen finished the race with a time of 7:50.73.

Projected Lineups
Varsity 4+ (A)
Emily Hajjar (cox), Haley York, Hannah Monahan, Nicole Juul-Hindsgaul & Sam Wonderlin.

Varsity 4+ (B)
Abigail Raichek (cox), Rebecca Adams, Courtney Edson, Maggie Curran & Hadley Irvin.

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



Varsity 8+ (B)
Haley Eovine (cox), Rachel Boudreau, Nicole Destefano, Catherine Murphy, Gabrielle Hayward, Kyla Miller, Natalie Boisvert, Krysten Menks & Estefi Marti Malvido.

Varsity 8+ (C)
Tanya Smith (cox), Julia Deane, Colleen Szeto, Nicole Stone, MaKenzi Gennette, Leah Hitchcock, Melissa Donahue, Hallie Dunlap & Leanne Ondreicka.

Varsity 8+ (D)
Ellen Chow (cox), Lindsey Brown, Alisha Weinstein, Molly McCabe, Amanda Burton, Elaina Falcone, Monica Carusi, Abby Norwood & Kathryn Wheeler.

Checking the Forecast
Saturday will be cloudy with periods of rain later in the day. There is expected to be a high of 48 degrees and a low of 39.

Rowing Takes Varsity 8+ From Coast Guard
The University of Massachusetts rowing program opened its spring season on the Connecticut River with a Varsity 8+ scrimmage against the United States Coast Guard Academy on Saturday. The top boat for the Minutewomen finished in 5:29.6 to best the Bears, who crossed in 5:58.5 - just over 31 seconds later.

UMass and Coast Guard were scheduled to complete a second Varsity 8+ race, but the Bears were unable to field another boat due to illness. The second Varsity 8+ from UMass raced against the first entry by the Minutewomen and Coast Guard's boat and finished in 5:47.5 to take second place.

Hajjar Honored With Elaine Sortino Leadership Award
Senior rower Emily Hajjar was honored with the inaugural Elaine Sortino Leadership Award on Friday morning at the Lead UMass Women's Leadership Breakfast Awards in the Marriott Center. The award is earned by a student-athlete that epitomizes the characteristics of a true and successful leader on campus as Sortino exemplified.

As a coach, supervisor, advisor and mentor, Sortino demonstrated what it meant to be a leader to everyone around her. She embodied the characteristics of a true and successful leader on the UMass campus and throughout the nation. The inaugural winner, Hajjar, is a political science major and will graduate with her degree in May. She holds the role of the Student Government Association Vice President and is the varsity coxswain on the UMass rowing team.

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, while just 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 kicked off 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 took home 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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