Worcester, Mass. – Facing off against some of the nation's premier crews, the Clark University Varsity Eight held its own, posting a new school record on Sunday morning on Lake Quinsigamond.
The lineup of Kate Barnett (West Simsbury, Conn.), Lydia Warters (Simsbury, Conn.), Sarah Fisher (Teaneck, N.J.), Niki Lew (Auburndale, Mass.), Halley Glier (Shelburne, Mass.), Emily Ladda (Farmington, Conn.), Cailyn Keely (Takoma Park, Md.), Emily Thibault (Williamsville, Vt.) and Brooke Wilson (Fairbanks, Alaska) blazed their way to a fourth place finish, but their time of 7:14.41 set a new school mark.
In the field with the ever-improving Cougars were three crews ranked in the top 15 in the country. Tufts, which won the race with a time of 6:48.1, is ranked seventh, William Smith is ranked 15th and they were second (6:54.2) and WPI, the nation's tenth ranked squad was third in 7:01.9.
The women's novice boat turned in a fourth place effort as the contingent of Wenlen Lawrence (Austin, Texas), Ladda, Glier, Thibault, Aubrey Hulbert (Reno, Nev.), Mackenzie Satalino (East Hartford, Conn.), Holly Bauer (Portland, Conn.), Brenn Richards (New Paltz, N.Y.) and Katy Deng (Quincy, Mass.) completed the course in 7:57.1.
Meanwhile, on the men's side, the group of Freya Pollock (Asheville, N.C.), Tom Viollier (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Nick Reynolds (Lenox, Mass.), Michele Rossi Cario (Milano, Italy) and Jamie Chaitman (Old Chapman, N.Y.) were third in the varsity four race in 7:57.1.
Next weekend looms large for the Cougars as the women take part in the NEWMAC Championships on Saturday.