Lowell, Mass. – Taking part in their first race of the 2013-14 season, a trio of Clark University boats fared extremely well at the Textile River Regatta held on Sunday morning on the Merrimack River.
The big splash of the day was the women's novice eight blazing to a third place finish with a time of 26:45.9, behind only a contingent from Holy Cross and another boat from WPI. The eight Cougars' rowing in their first collegiate event - Kate Barnett (West Simsbury, Conn.), Emily Seibring (Arlington, Mass.), Madeline Phillips (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Olivia Plunkett (Starksboro, Vt.), Julia Miller (Longmeadow, Mass.), Arlynn Baer (Millburn, N.J.), Dexel Sago-Moses (Tema, Ghana), Lubaina Selani (Karachi, Pakistan) and Sarah Parker (Burlington, Mass.) – placed ahead of Bowdoin, UMass-Lowell and Endicott.
The women's varsity eight of Zena Wolf (Chevy Chase, Md.), Sarah Fisher (Teaneck, N.J.), Katie Baldyga (Unionville, Conn.), Brooke Wilson (Fairbanks, Alaska), Rose Williams (Boston, Mass.), Alexandra Niclou (Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg), Alexandra MacDonald (Saco, Maine), Larisa DiMarco (Fairfax, Vt.) and Dana Alasker (Fountain Valley, Calif.) showed well in their season debut, finishing ahead of a UNH boat that was a grand finalist at the New England Rowing Championships a season ago. Their time of 24:09.4 was within striking distance of some of the best in the event, including Holy Cross, Colby and less than ten seconds behind WPI.
On the men's side, the Cougar contingent of Rebecca Chapman (Austin, Texas), Samuel Highland (Waterville Valley, N.H.), Andrei Shylo (Worcester, Mass.), James Orzechowski (Windsor, Conn.), Nick Reynolds (Lenox, Mass.), Aaron Kraft (Owings Mills, Md.), Nickie Boridehpaz (Tustin, Calif.), Tom Viollier (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Will Pew (Montclair, N.J.) turned in a 13th place performance with a time of 21:46.2 – an extremely respectable result when you consider that their boat consists of one junior, four sophomores and four freshmen.
Clark will be back in action on Saturday when they take part in the Head of the Snake Regatta on Lake Quinsigamond.