April 5, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. -
The UMass rowing team takes on Holy Cross on Saturday in the first head-to-head race of the season. UMass annually races the Crusaders and last year also competed against Boston College at the Worcester, Mass. event. The Minutewomen finished in first place in the Varsity 4+, defeating the BC boat by ten seconds and extending their win streak to four. The Varsity 8+ lost by a mere 2.3 seconds to the Eagles and the Novice 8+ also took second place.
Last week the Minutewomen kicked off their season at the Yankee Cup, facing squads from Boston College and Atlantic 10 foes Rhode Island and George Washington. UMass finished in second place in the Varsity 8+ race, just three seconds behind Rhode Island. The Varsity 4+ and the Junior Varsity 8+ both took third place in their races.
The Minutewomen are implementing a lower stroke rate racing style this season, which will leave considerable room for improvement in speed as the season progresses.
Varsity 8+: Heather Pekarovich (Coxswain), Taryn Wilson, Claudia Caballero Larco, Kendall Bennett, Stephanie Brockert, Candace Miller, Michaela Streitfield, Rachel Boudreau, Angela Stigliano.
Junior Varsity 8+: Emily Hajjar (Coxswain), Nicole Juul-Hindsgaul, Nicole Destefano, Sarah Wiczek, Hannah Monahan, Alexandra Daggy, Kali Hryniewich, Anna Sender, Estefi Marti Malvido.
Varsity 4+: Lindsey McClure (Coxswain), Rebecca Adams, Christine Hurley, Nicole Stone, Adrienne Breef-Pilz.
2nd Varsity 4+: Tanya Smith (Coxswain), Arielle Gillette, Sam Kolovson, Paige Ryder, Melissa Donahue.
Checking The Forecast
Saturday has a high of 51 with a real feel of 52 degrees. It will be in the mid-thirties at 9 a.m. and nine mile per hour winds will be blowing to the northwest. There is no chance of rain and will be sunny with few clouds.
The 2012-13 Minutewomen
This year's squad is returning 34 athletes from last season and has added 26 including two transfers.
The junior class boasts 20 returners while just four members of the Class of 2013 remain.
Kendall Bennett is returning as a graduate student and will be seen in the Varsity Eight this fall season.
The 2012 Fall Season
The Minutewomen started off at the Head of the Oklahoma, a new addition to the fall schedule. Michaela Streitfield, Kendall Bennett, Angela Streitfield, and Lauren St. Pierre were the selected athletes to compete at the Oklahoma City event. Streitfield finished in first place in the single sprint competition and Bennett took first in the collegiate single. All four Minutewomen competed in the quad and finished in first place in a close race with the Oklahoma City University boat.
The whole squad headed to the Head of the Housatonic, where they had two second place finishes. The Novice 8+, in their debut race, earned a silver medal and the varsity 4+ also finished in second.
UMass hosted two races the next weekend, the first a sculling competition, a new addition to the schedule, in which they took first place in the single and double race. The second was the annual Pumpkin Head Regatta, a walk-on novice race against Smith College, which they won.
The Minutewomen entered four boats into the Head of the Charles Regatta. The lightweight 4+ came in seventh place in their race and the varsity 8+ took sixteenth in a field of 34 boats.
At the Head of the Fish, the final race of the season for the full squad, the Minutewomen boasted eight first place finishes, two second place finishes, and two third place finishes. Among the gold medalists were the pair, lightweight 8+, single, double, novice 4+, novice single, lightweight 4+ and quad.
The novice rowers finished off the season at the annual Green Monster race at Dartmouth where they finished in sixth place and at the Foot of the Charles in Boston, where they finished in fourth.
Wilson Makes an Impact
Taryn Wilson, a transfer from Marietta College, quickly became an asset to the team in the fall season, her first at UMass. In her second race as a Minutewoman, Wilson took second in doubles competition.
Wilson was a member of the lightweight 4+ that came in seventh at the Head of the Charles Regatta.
At the Head of the Fish, Wilson took two first place finishes (lightweight 8+ and pair) and a second place finish (double), which earned her a UMass Co-Athlete of the Week honor.
Nicole Destefano competed in the 2012 Royal Henley Regatta in England after taking third place in the C Final at Youth Nationals in the double.
Allanah Rubi-Mooney also competed in Youth Nationals and took sixth place in the B Final in the quad.
Kaylah Kleczka and DeStefano rowed against each other at Scholastic Nationals in the double. DeStefano took first place in the semi-final race and Kleczka finished in third to continue on to the finals. DeStefano beat out Kleczka for a gold medal by just a half of a second with a time of 5:44.552. Kleczka took silver with a time of 5:45.083.
Kleczka rowed in the 2011 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and at the 2011 Royal Women's Henley Regatta in England in the quad.
Krysten Menks represented the United States at the CanAmMex Regatta in Mexico City, Mexico this past summer in the quad and also attended the US Junior Sculling Selection Camp.