UMass rowing swept by URI in opening weekend

By Ryan Ames

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(Collegian File Photo)

(Collegian File Photo)

On a brisk Saturday morning on the Connecticut River, the Massachusetts rowing team was swept by Atlantic 10 rival Rhode Island in a dual regatta in Hadley.

The Minutewomen competed in four events: the Varsity 4, the Varsity 8, the Second Varsity 8 and the Third Varsity 8, and were edged in all four by the Rams.

In the Second Varsity 8, which was the closest race of the day, UMass came up just short, losing to URI by one second. Coxed by Haley Eovine, the boat featured Krysten Menks, Sam Kolovson, Abby Norwood, Sam Wonderlin, Pippa Edwards, Hannah White, Leanne Ondreicka, and Charlotte Bleiler. They finished at 6:19.5 compared to the Rams’ 6:18.4.

The Varsity 4 A and B teams lost a tight battle, conceding to URI with times of 6:57.6 and 7:04.5, respectively. The A boat trailed the Rams by only three seconds, who won the race with a time of 6:54.1. The Minutewomen’s A boat was coxed by Sofia Ordonez and included Hallie Dunlap, Rebecca Mills, Victoria Roach and Caroline Garvey. UMass’ B boat was coxed by Emily Christensen and featured Hannah McCollough, Meghan Ouellette, Valenka Kosick and Lauren Jubb.

URI continued on with another victory, this time in the Varsity 8, finishing in 6:05.5. The Minutewomen clocked in at 6:17.1.

The final race of the day saw the Rams complete the sweep when they beat UMass in the Third Varsity 8, finishing at 6:40.2. The Minutewomen came it a time of 6:53.1 to round out the day and conclude the first regatta of the spring season.

Coach Jim Dietz could not be reached for comment following the regatta.

UMass will have a couple of chances to redeem itself next weekend with two regattas on the schedule. On Saturday, April 2, the Minutewomen will head to Coventry, Connecticut to face off against Connecticut in another dual regatta. The following day, UMass will compete in the Doc Hosea regatta in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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