April 12, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. -
The Minutewomen are set to take on the Knecht Cup this Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15. Last year the Varsity 4+ took first place in the grand gfinal race. The double also finished with a gold medal last year. UMass took a bronze home in a tight race of the second Varsity 8+ boat, and the Novice 4+ took home a silver medal in their grand final. Preliminary races will take place on Saturday and championship races will take place on Sunday.
Varsity 8+: Heather Pekarovich (Cox), Kaitlin MacKenzie (Stroke), Angela Stigliano, Kendell Bennett, Amanda Doolin, Candace Miller, Michaela Streitfield, Marika Kopp, Megan Rodgers.
Junior Varsity 8+: Madolyn Chiu (Cox), Rachel Boudreau (Stroke), Katelyn Allocco, Gabrielle Hayward, Stephanie Brockert, Kyla Miller, Nicoline Lomas, Emily Boucher, Beth Paret.
Novice 8+: Caitlyn O'Leary (Cox), Kelly St. Cyr (Stroke), Kelsey Caulfield, Paige Ryder, Kaite Ozelius, Taylor Roberts, Kali Hryeniewich, Sara Wiczek, Anna Sender.
Varsity 4+: Isabel Feldman (Cox), Arielle Gilette, Hannah Monahan, Emily Sgarlat, Adrienne Breef-Pilz.
2nd Varsity 4+: Emily Hajjar (Cox), Becca Adams, Alexandra Daggy, Melissa Laquerre, Christine Hurley.
Checking the Forecast
Saturday will be sunny with a high of 73 degrees and 20% chance of rain. Saturday will be partly cloudy with a high of 81 degrees.
The 2011-2012 Minutewomen
This year's squad has lost eleven seniors, including coxswains Samantha Schonerr and Carly Payne.
The team returned 25 letterwinners from last season. This year's captains are seniors Kendall Bennett and Emily Boucher.
The 2012 Spring Schedule
The season started off at the Murphy Cup on March 24 where UMass took first place in the Varsity 4+ and third place in the Lightweight 8+.
The Minutewomen raced in their second regatta of the season in Kingston, R.I. at the Yankee Cup, hosted by the University of Rhode Island. The Varsity 4+ again took first place and the Junior Varsity 8+ took second.
Last weekend, the Varsity 4+ finished first against UConn and against Holy Cross and Boston College. The Minutewomen won five of their six races against UConn, including the Varsity 8+, their first win of the season.
This weekend's races will be the first of three times the Minutewomen will head to Camden N.J. They willl head back on May 5 for the Atlantic 10 Championship Regatta and on May 13 for Eastern Sprints, their last regatta of the season. On April 21, UMass will face Buffalo at a place to be determined.
The Fall Season
The novice Minutewomen met success early in the season, taking second at the first regatta of the season, the Head of the Housatonic, and taking first at the next race, the Head of the Connecticut.
At the Head of the Charles, the Varsity 8+ finished in ninth place out of 28 boats. The Single, rowed by Emily Boucher, came in seventh place out of 23.
Two boats finished in first place at the Head of the Fish. The 2x boat finished ahead of ten boats, and the Novice 4+ finished ahead of 20 other boats in their first place finish.
The novices rounded out the season at the Green Monster, where they finished in tenth and then at the Foot of the Charles where they placed eighth.
Boucher Represents USA In Rowing World Championship...Again
Emily Boucher competed at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships again this year in the Lightweight Single Sculls. This is her second year in a row that she competed in the event for the US National team.
In trials, Boucher came in first with a time of 8:15.87 and had a time of 8:03.98 in the finals for trials. She beat her nearest competitor by 16 seconds.
In the finals in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Boucher finished third in the first heat with a time of 8:40.21, outstroking Hungary in the last 1000 meters. In the Repechage race, she placed fourth with a time of 8:15.88 behind Paraguay, France, and Germany, but was good enough to land her in the semifinals. She placed second in the semifinal race with a time of 8:20.44 after losing pace with the Hungarian boat in the last 1000 meters.
Boucher finished in fourth place in the finals with a time of 8:02.55, after a surge in the last 500 meters that put her at a finish only seven seconds behind the winning boat.
Last year, Boucher finished in sixth place with a time of 9:02.90 in the 2010 World Rowing Under 23 Final.