Women's Rowing

Head Of The Fish Up Next For the Minutewomen

Novice Kaylah Kleczka will be rowing in the JV 8+, the quad, and the 4+ at the Head of the Fish.

Novice Kaylah Kleczka will be rowing in the JV 8+, the quad, and the 4+ at the Head of the Fish.

Oct. 26, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass rowing team will head to Saratoga, N.Y. to take on the Head of the Fish this Saturday. The Minutewomen will be entering 32 boats into the regatta, including a double rowed by Assistant Coach Andrea Morand and Graduate Assistant Amanda Doolin.

Last year at the Head of the Fish, UMass won four gold medals in the double, the novice four, the mixed 8+, and the lightweight 4+. The junior varsity 8+ and the lightweight 8+ boats took second place, while Michaela Streitfield took third in the single.

Last week the Minutewomen competed at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass. The lightweight 4+ boat had the best finish for the Minutewomen, taking seventh place. The junior varsity 8+ took 16th place in a field of 34 boats and the varsity 4+ took 15th place. Head Coach Jim Dietz also competed and finished in 19th place out of 41 boats in the Masters Double race.

Projected Lineups
Singles: Krysten Menks (A), Rachel Boudreau (B), Paige Ryder(C), Claudia Caballero Larco (D), and Alexandra Daggy (E).
Collegiate Double: Kendall Bennett and Michaela Streitfield (A), Corinne Kazmierczak and Angela Stigliano(B).
Open Pair: Taryn Wilson and Allanah Rubi-Mooney.
Lightweight 4+: Lindsey McClure (cox), Nicole Juul-Hindsgaul, Melissa Donahue, Katie Stone, and Christine Hurley (A), Maddie Bushey (cox), Andrea Bates, Leslie Barden, Kerrin Bersani, and Tana Bao (B).
Collegiate 8+: Heather Pekarovich (cox), Marika Kopp, Michaela Streitfield, Candace Miller, Kendall Bennett, Gabrielle Hayward, Angela Stigliano, Stephanie Brockert, and Claudia Caballero Larco.
Junior Varsity 8+: Emily Crain (cox), Rachel Boudreau, Alexandra Daggy, Kaylah Kleczka, Kyla Miller, Anna Sender, Arielle Gillette, Sarah Wiczek, and Kali Hryneiwich.
Novice 4+: Tanya Smith (cox), Menks, Sam Kolovson, Cassie Corey, and Maggie Curran (A), Bushey (cox), Courtney Edson, Bersani, Barden, Bates (B), Caroline Severo (cox), Tessa Liberi, Stephanie Sager, Roya Servattalab, and Kiera Keegan (C).
Lightweight Single: Nicole Juul-Hindsgaul (A) and Estefania Marti Malvido (B). Open Novice Single: Sarah Wiczek (A), Hannah Monahan (B), Nicole Destefano (C).
Open Double: Alexandra Daggy and Adrienne Breef-Pilz (A), (Coaches) Andrea Morand and Amanda Doolin (B), Rachel Boudreau and Taryn Wilson (C), Gabrielle Hayward and Marika Kopp (D).
Collegiate Quad: Kleczka, Stigliano, Streitfield, and Bennett.
Lightweight 8+: McClure (cox), Juul-Hindsgaul, Rubi-Mooney, Wilson, Donahue, Curran, Hurley, Hallie Dunlap, and Katie Stone.
Novice 8+: Crain (cox), Sager, Kolovson, Olivia Beaulieu, MaKenzi Gennette, Ericka Foley, Maxine DeJonge, Barden, and Marti Malvido (A), Severo (cox), Servattalab, Edson, Julia Deane, Jennafer Rowbotham, Madison Boone, Mia John-Schonfeld, Andrea Bates, and Colleen Szeto (B), Melody Banasiak (cox), Bersani, Bao, Jessica Bono, Jordan Mulhern, Bronwyn Finney, Emily Champagne, Shenna Bannish, and Carla Oberst (C).
Collegiate 4+: Pekarovich (cox), Menks, Monahan, Kazmierczak, and Breef-Pilz (A), Bushey (cox), Corey, DeStefano, Kleczka, and Liberi (B), Smith (cox), Candace Miller, Brockert, Ryder, and Kyla Miller (C).



Checking the Forecast
Saturday looks to be cloudy with a high of 66 degrees and will feel like a chilly 50 degrees.

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 Schedule
• Selected members of the team will start off the season at the Head of the Oklahoma, a new addition to the UMass schedule. This will be the first time the Minutewomen compete in the Oklahoma City, Okla. event.
• The Head of the Housatonic will be the first regatta the full team participates in. The Minutewomen make the Housatonic an annual affair, and last year the Novice 8+ took second place and took first place in the double.
• The Head of the Charles is the Minutewomen's third race of the season where members of the team will compete, traditionally in the 8+, 4+, 2X, and 1X. Last year the V8+ finished in ninth place out of 28 and the V4+ finished in tenth out of 20.
• The Head of the Fish will be the last race for the full squad. Last year the Minutewomen took home four gold medals in the double, the lightweight four, the mixed eight and the novice four.
• The novice rowers will race in the Green Monster and at the Foot of the Charles. Last year the Novice 8+ took eighth at the Foot of the Charles.

The 2012 Spring Season
• Last season the Varsity Four was the boat to beat for the Minutewomen. The lineup consisted of current rowers Arielle Gillette, Adrienne Breef-Pilz, Hannah Monahan, coxswain Heather Pekarovich and former rower Emily Sgarlat. In total the boat won six gold medals and two silver medals in eight races.
• The Junior Varsity Eight also had a good season, finishing strong with a win at the Knecht Cup in the Petite Final and a second place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championship Regatta.
• UMass was well represented at the Dad Vail Regatta, taking two first place finishes and one second place finish for its three boats entered. The single and the pair were the boats that came out on top, and the second single boat took second.

Decorated Freshmen
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.

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