Women's Rowing

Rowing Heads To Atlantic 10 Championship

May 2, 2014

Championship Central | Event Schedule | Course Map | Race Results

EVENT NOTE: The start of the Atlantic 10 Championship has been delayed to 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 4 due to course conditions. All races will begin two hours after their originally scheduled start time. More information is available through the Atantic 10 website.

AMHERST, Mass. - After a week off, the UMass rowing team heads to the Atlantic 10 Championship Regatta on Sunday, May 4 in Occoquan, Va. Last year, the Minutewomen finished second with 45 points, only four behind Rhode Island. UMass claimed first in the second Varsity 8+ and second Varsity 4+ events.

The Minutewomen have won a conference leading 13 Atlantic 10 Championships, which stands nine ahead of second place Rhode Island. The program's last outright title came in 2009 when the Minutewomen edged out Rhode Island. In 2011, UMass finished in a three way tie for first, but ultimately took second per tie-breaker rules.

The Minutewomen were last in action when they traveled to Coventry, Conn., on Saturday, April 18 to take on UConn and Sunday, April 19 in Boston, Mass., against MIT, Bates and Radcliffe. In Connecticut, UMass swept and captured first in all five races, including the Varsity 8+, second Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+, second Varsity 4+ and Novice 8+ races. In Boston, the program secured first in the Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ events.



Projected Lineups - Atlantic 10 Championship
Varsity 8+ - First Seed
Heather Pekarovich (Cox), Taryn Wilson, Emily Mann, Marika Kopp, Pippa Edwards, Candace Miller, Sam Kolovson, Lauren St. Pierre & Allanah Rubi-Mooney.

Second Varsity 8+ - Third Seed
Haley Eovine (Cox), Haley York, Hannah Monahan, Rebecca Adams, Hadley Irvin, Catherine Murphy, Teagan Rolf von den Baumen, Krysten Menks & Nicole Juul-Hindsgaul.

Varsity 4+ - First Seed
Emily Hajjar (Cox), Rachel Boudreau, Gabrielle Hayward, Kyla Miller & Sam Wonderlin.

Checking the Forecast
Sunday will be partly cloudy with a high of 73 degrees with a 20% chance of rain. Winds will be blowing northwest at approximately 16 mph.

UMass Rowing in the National Polls
For the sixth consecutive week, the Lightweight Varsity 8+ is ranked in the USRowing Collegiate Poll. The boat is ranked 12th nationally and received 55 points in this week's poll, which is 29 behind the next Atlantic 10 boat, Fordham University.

Varsity 8+ Boat Nominated For Row2k.com Crew Of The Week /Share UMass Athlete Of The Week
Following another strong performance at the Knecht Cup, the UMass Varsity 8+ was one of seven boats nominated for the Row2k.com Crew of the Week on Wednesday. The squad was also honored with the UMass Athlete of the Week Award sharing it with two other athletes. The Minutewomen took first place in the Grand Final of the Knecht Cup with a time of 6:47.65, two seconds ahead of the silver medalists from Bucknell to remain undefeated during the spring season. The Varsity 8+ also finished ahead of Boston College, Drexel, Old Dominion and Tulsa during the finale.

Rowing Earns Three First Place Finishes At Knecht Cup
The UMass rowing team completed competition on Sunday at the Knecht Cup and captured three golds. The Minutewomen finished first in the Varsity 8+,Varsity 4+ and Varsity Pair events.

The Varsity 8+ boat recorded a time of 6:47.65, which was two seconds ahead of second place Bucknell. Following this event, the Varsity 4+ finished first in a time of 7:44.09. The top four finishers in this race were all within two and a half seconds of another. Lastly, the Varsity Pair of Candace Miller and Pippa Edwards won the third gold of the day for the Minutewomen, notching a time of 8:19.47.

UMass Wins Three Events In Five Team Meet
The University of Massachusetts rowing program continued its spring season on Sunday afternoon on the Connecticut River and won three races against UNH, Wellesley, William-Smith and Williams. The Minutewomen took first in the Varsity 8+, second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ events.

Rowing Sweeps Colgate In Three Races
The UMass rowing team defeated Colgate in three events Sunday morning on the Connecticut River, taking first place in the Varsity 8+, second Varsity 8+ and Novice 4+. The race was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but inclement weather forced the competition to be moved to Sunday.

Rowing Wins Three Races Over BC, Rhode Island
The UMass rowing team began its spring season on Saturday racing against Boston College and Atlantic 10 Conference foe Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I., where the Minutewomen captured first in the Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+ and the second Varsity 4+.

The Varsity 8+ boat recorded the best time of the competition in 7:14.08, three seconds ahead of second place Rhode Island. Following this event, the Varsity 4+ took home the second gold of the day for UMass with a time of 8:26.90. All three boats in the race finished within eight seconds of one another. Finally, the second Varsity 4+ boat notched a time of 8:41.41, besting second place Boston College by three seconds.

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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