Women's Rowing

Rowing Prepares For Appearance At NCAA Championships

May 28, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Rowing NCAA Championships Preview
 Event 2014 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships
 Date | Time Friday, May 30 - Sunday, June 1, 2014 | All Day
 Location Indianapolis Rowing Center | Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, Ind.
 Live Results Available through RegattaTiming.com
 Watch Provided by the NCAA
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Projected Lineups - 2014 NCAA Rowing Championships
Varsity 8+
Friday, May 30: Heat #4 - 9:40 a.m.
Heather Pekarovich (cox), Taryn Wilson, Emily Mann, Marika Kopp, Pippa Edwards, Candace Miller, Sam Kolovson, Lauren St. Pierre and Allanah Rubi-Mooney

Second Varsity 8+
Friday, May 30: Heat #4 - 10:20 a.m.
Haley Eovine (cox), Haley York, Hannah Monahan, Catherine Murphy, Hadley Irvin, Natalie Boisvert, Teagan Rolf von den Baumen, Krysten Menks and Nicole Juul-Hindsgaul

Varsity 4+
Friday, May 30: Heat #4 - 11:00 a.m.
Emily Hajjar (cox), Rachel Boudreau, Gabrielle Hayward, Kyla Miller and Sam Wonderlin

Checking the Forecast
On Friday, May 30, there is a small chance for rain with it is expected to be mostly sunny with temperatures topping out in the low-80s. The first day of competition will also have a slight wind from the East/Northeast between 5-10 MPH.

Day two at the NCAA Championships is expected to feature full sun and low-80s with a 5-10 MPH wind from the East. No rain is forecasted for Saturday.

Temperatures for the final day at Eagle Creek Park could reach into the mid-80s. There is a 20 percent chance of rain according to Weather.com, while there is expected to be partial cloud coverage and a light wind from the South.

UMass In The NCAA Championships
The Minutewomen are making their third-ever appearance in the NCAA Rowing Championships in 2014. The most recent berth into NCAAs prior to this season was in 1999, a span of 15 years between appearances.

In 1999, the Varsity 8+ finished its opening heat in fourth place and narrowly missed an appearance in the semifinals after finishing fourth in its next race. The squad tallied a bronze in the Varsity 8+ Third Final in a time of 7:15.10, behind Oregon State and Wisconsin but ahead of William-Smith, UC Davis, Williams and Marietta.

In 1998, the Varsity 8+, including current associate head coach Laura Simon, earned a silver in the Grand Final after it finished its opening heat in first and took second in the semifinals. Simon served as the Varsity Coxswain. The Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ also participated in 1998 as they took sixth in the Final and Petite Final, respectively.

The Varsity 8+ also made it to NCAAs in 1997, with Simon as the Varsity Coxswain, and secured a silver in the Grand Final with a 6:37.00 time. Washington took first in 6:31.80, but the Minutewomen out-paced the boats from Princeton, Brown, Virginia and California to earn second.

UMass Rowing in the National Polls
For the seventh consecutive week, the Lightweight Varsity 8+ is ranked in the USRowing Collegiate Poll. The boat is ranked tied for 13th nationally and received 50 points in this week's poll alongside Cal-Irvine's V8+.

UMass Takes Women's Title At 2014 Dad Vail Regatta
UMass rowing concluded a successful weekend of competition at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday with the women's title, earned through five medals including first place finishes from the Novice 4+ and Varsity 8+ boats. The seven UMass entrants for the Dad Vail advanced beyond the semifinal round, hosted Saturday morning, to reach the finals later in the afternoon and evening.

The Varsity 8+ capped the day emphatically for UMass with a gold medal to earn the Evelyn Bergman Trophy. The boat, comprised of Heather Pekarovich, Allanah Rubi-Mooney, Lauren St. Pierre, Sam Kolovson, Candace Miller, Pippa Edwards, Marika Kopp, Emily Mann and Taryn Wilson reached the finish line in 6:30.855, ahead of the entry from Drexel, which followed nearly four seconds later to secure silver.

Estefi Marti Malvido, rowing in the Women's Collegiate Single Final, took home bronze in a time of 10:23.767. Competitors from Oklahoma City University and Florida outpaced Marti Malvido, but she bested Carnegie Mellon and Georgia Tech boats to secure the first medal of the day for the Minutewomen.

The Novice 4+ of Abigail Raichek, Mia Bornstein, Natalie Boisvert, Teagan Rolf von den Baumen and Hallie Dunlap followed with a gold medal earned in 8:36.637, more than six second ahead of second place Grand Valley State. The Novice 8+ added silver to the UMass collection with a second place finish behind Bucknell's boat. UMass crossed in 7:50.627 after the Bison reached in 7:45.056. The Minutewomen reached the final after earning second place during the morning semifinal round with a time of 7:12.764.

The Varsity 4+ followed up the Novice 8+ with a silver medal finish. The V4+ took second with a time of 9:16.171 to best Nova Southeastern, which took bronze in 9:17.202. Bowdoin College won the gold in 9:09.184.

The JV 8+ boat reached the finals as well and earned a fourth place spot with a 7:48.657 time. The Pair boat of Leanne Ondreicka and Julia Deane advanced through the semifinals with a third place finish and took sixth during the finals with a time of 10:54.322.

Rowing Wins Program's 14th Atlantic 10 Championship
The University of Massachusetts rowing team claimed the 2014 Atlantic 10 Rowing Championship on Sunday, May 4, scoring 52 points to narrowly defeat two-time defending champion Rhode Island on the Occoquan Reservoir in Fairfax Station, Va. As a result of the victory, the Minutewomen earned the A-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, their first appearance since 1998.

The Minutewomen will send their Varsity 4+, Varsity 8+ and Second Varsity 8+ boats to the NCAA Championship, which is set to begin on Friday, May 30. This victory marks UMass' conference-leading 14th overall Atlantic 10 Championship and first since 2009. The program took gold in the Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ races and notched a second place finish in the Second Varsity 8+ event.

Rowing Claims Two First Place Finishes in Four-Team Meet
The University of Massachusetts rowing team continued its spring season on Saturday afternoon on the Charles River in Boston, Mass., and won two races against Bates, MIT and Radcliffe. The Minutewomen took first in the Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ races.

Rowing Sweeps UConn In Five Races
The Massachusetts rowing program defeated UConn in five events on Friday at Coventry Lake, in Coventry, Conn., taking first in the Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+, Second Varsity 4+ and Novice 8+ races.

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 Boston College, 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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