UMass rowing earns two silvers in last race before A-10 tournament

By Christopher Martinez

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Last Thursday the UMass Rowing team went up against UConn at the Connecticut River. (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

Last Thursday the UMass Rowing team went up against UConn at the Connecticut River. (Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian)

At the conclusion of its faceoff with Brown University, Boston University and Northeastern Saturday morning, the Massachusetts rowing team managed to earn two silver medals to cap off another strong performance.

“We had some great rows this week against some really stiff competition so the squad came away with a very positive result this past weekend,” UMass coach Jim Dietz said.

The Minutewomen recorded second place in both the Varsity Four and in the Third Varsity Eight.

The Varsity Four boat consisted of members Abigail Raichek, Hallie Dunlap, Natalie Boisvert, Courtney Edson, and Sam Kolovson. Their time of seven minutes, 33 seconds fell just behind the first-place finisher Brown, who finished with a time of 7:15.

In the most tightly contested race of the day, UMass’ Third Varsity Eight squad held back Northeastern and BU, claiming silver in a thriller that saw three boats finish within seconds of each other. With a time of 7:12, the Minutewomen finished just ahead of the other two boats, who posted times of 7:17 each.

“These are some very talented squads we’re talking, so the morale in the locker room seems to be very high after our last couple competitions,” Dietz said.

In the Varsity Eight race, the boat of Heather Pekarovich, Lauren St. Pierre, Marika Kopp, Emily Mann, Aiste Balciunaite, Pippa Edwards, Haley York, Nicole Destefano and Allanah Rubi-Mooney finished third with at 6:58, falling to the Huskies and the first-place Bears.

“This race took place at the Head of the Charles in Boston and the water current and flow of that river was fantastic,” Dietz said. “We soaked up all the water time we could because our river at home is still suffering from a lot of flooding.”

The Minutewomen now have two weeks off until their next competition. The break will be spent primarily for training, according to Dietz, as UMass hopes to work out the final tweaks to its lineups in advance of the A-10 conference championships held in Camden, New Jersey on May 2.

According to Dietz, the Minutewomen have been performing above expectations and have used some of their fellow conference opponents as comparisons.

“We look towards opponents within our conference and measure our performances based off how our competition performs against the very same opponent,” Dietz said.

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