UMass rowing picks up gold medal in Charles River dual meet

By Christopher Martinez

The Massachusetts varsity rowing team built on its impressive record with a gold finish in the 4+ race Saturday, overcoming a strong effort from Boston College, Dartmouth and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during a dual meet between the four schools.

UMass also received a second place finish courtesy of the second Varsity 8 boat.

The race was held at the head of the Charles River, located in Hopkinton, which flows through Eastern Massachusetts.

The team that competed in the women’s 4+ race included Kelsey Anderson, Haley York, Carly Zanatta, Grace Bundy and Sam Kolovson, and finished with a first-place time of 9:42.70, 12 seconds ahead of second-place Boston College.

The Minutewomen also had the Varsity 8+ and the second Varsity 4+ teams compete, each managing to secure a third-place finish. UMass could have potentially added more competitors but the third Varsity 8+ race had to be cancelled due to strong windy conditions along the river.

The second Varsity 8+ boat participated in a thrilling finish, narrowly being beat out by the race’s eventual winner Dartmouth. The Minutewomen finished with a time of 8:10.90, four seconds behind the Big Green.

UMass now looks ahead toward the weekend of April 11 to 12, when they travel to West Windsor Township, New Jersey. UMass will take part in the two-day Knecht Cup, which will be held at Mercer Lake.

The regatta features a large-scale race that will feature more than 70 schools from all over the nation.

Christopher Martinez can be reached at [email protected]