Worcester, Mass. – In what many might consider the best day out on the water for the Clark University rowing program in some time, the Cougars posted a pair of victories on Sunday morning on Lake Quinsigamond.
On the women's side, for the second straight week, the Novice 8 posted a victory, this time blazing to a win over the University of Vermont and New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Simmons College. The boat of Wenlen Lawrence (Austin, Texas), Emily Ladda (Farmington, Conn.), Halley Glier (Shelburne, Mass.), Emily Thibault (Williamsville, Vt.), Aubrey Hulbert (Reno, Nev.), Mackenzie Satalino (East Hartford, Conn.), Holly Bauer (Portland, Conn.), Niki Lew (Auburndale, Mass.) and Katy Deng (Quincy, Mass.) blazed to a time of 7:39.6, besting second-place UVM (7:44.7) by more than five seconds. Simmons was well off the pace at 7:55.5.
The varsity four, meanwhile, turned in a solid performance, finishing second to Bryant University and ahead of Endicott. The lineup of Kate Barnett (West Simsbury, Conn.), Lydia Warters (Simsbury, Conn.), Sarah Fisher (Teaneck, N.J.) Jacqueline Jimenez-Maldonado (San Francisco, Calif.) and Cailyn Keely (Takoma Park, Md.) posted a time of 8:18.46, just behind the Bulldogs (8:08.3) and way in front of the Gulls (8:56.45).
Clark's varsity eight of Barnett, Warters, Fisher, Jimenez-Maldonado, Glier, Ladda, Keely, Lew and Brooke Wilson (Fairbanks, Alaska) faired pretty well against some stiff competition that included league rivals Simmons and Mount Holyoke as they finished fourth of six boats in a time of 7:30.27.
The Cougars' other victory on the day came on the men's side where the varsity four led by coxswain Freya Pollack (Asheville, N.C.) coasted to an impressive victory. Thomas Viollier (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Nick Reynolds (Lenox, Mass.), Grant Madigan-Kolstad (Concord, Mass.) and Jamie Chaitman (Old Chatman, N.Y.) best a quartet of University of Vermont boats and one from Endicott in a time of 7:05.9.
Both teams are back in action on Sunday when they face Tufts and WPI.