April 25, 2010
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The women's rowing team traveled to New Rochelle, NY on Sunday to compete in the Metropolitan Rowing Championships hosted by Iona College. Racing in some cold and rainy conditions, the team completed their final tune-up before their end of the season championship regatta.
"I was really pleased with our performance today," said head coach Michael Kerner. "The kids did some of their best racing of the season to date. We had some costly mistakes and unfortunate mishaps that impacted our final results but overall they really stepped it up this weekend and are starting to race to their potential."
The Novice 4+ of Alyssa Zadozinski, Lynn Ciccarelli, KiKi Zambelli, Annemarie A'Hearn, and Allana Cofranceso finished 4th in their morning heat. The crew was forced to stop a few hundred meters into the race when an oar popped out of it's oarlock, they managed to row themselves back into the race and narrowly missed qualifying for the final by about 3.5 seconds.
"I was really proud of how hard the kids fought to get back into the race," said Kerner. "They easily could have used it as an excuse but they didn't, they kept racing and almost made something happen for themselves."
The varsity 4+ comprised of Kaitlin Rivest, Caroline Holland, Jen Pampillonio, Devon Clark, and Danialle French won their morning heat in a time of 8:16.4 qualifying them for the afternoon final. They finished 4th place in a closely contested final despite clashing oars mid-race with a competing crew.
The novice 8+ raced in a straight six boat final and was in a comfortable second place coming into the final hundred meters before stopping short of the finish line and ultimately finishing in fourth place in a time of 8:10.2.
"There was some confusion about exactly where the finish was and we didn't row all the way through it," said Kerner. "It was a rookie mistake and unfortunately it cost us today. You hate to see your crew make a mistake that detracts from what was otherwise a solid performance but sometimes that's just how you have to learn."