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Rowing Opens 2016 Spring Season on Friday

The Huskies opened the 2016 spring season on Friday at the UCF Regatta.
March 18, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. – After scrimmaging against the University of Miami on Monday, the University of Connecticut women’s rowing team opened its 2016 spring season at the UCF Regatta in Orlando, Fla. The Huskies sent six boats to the event to compete against the Knights, Jacksonville and Nova Southeastern.

The Husky V8+ got the action started on Friday morning, taking fourth in its heat with a time of 7:11.48. In the JV4+, UConn ‘A’ placed second in a time of 8:15.07 and UConn ‘B’ came in third (8:36.88).

The JV8+ grabbed a second-place finish in their heat (7:08.36), while the V4+ checked in at 8:00.02 for second. In the third V8+, the Huskies finished in 7:35.27 to take home second.

The V8+ boat consisted of Jun Takeda (cox), Courtney Dawless (stroke), Audrey Kelley (seven), Nikoline Laidlaw (six), Maja Barnouw (five), Sierra Mazur (four), Alyssa Hopson (three), Arielle Sherman-Golembeski (two) and Mae Hanson (bow).



The Husky JV8+ was Caroline Bemis (cox), Emily Powers (stroke), Heather Norris (seven), Laura Webster (six), Molly Bugos (five), Katie Ullinger (four), Rachel Signor (three), Katherine Wheatley (two) and Shannon Cox (bow).

The third V8+ was Norelis Collado (cox), Michela Zunino (stroke), Abigail Fudge (seven), Taylor Bonadies (six), Amy Robinson (five), Mikayla Hudson (four), Hayley Brant (three), Mai Walters (two) and Christine Black (bow).

The V4+ boat had Sydney Gibbs (cox), Bridget Murphy (stroke), Katherine Lavrentios (three), Alexandra Hill (two) and Sarah Norman (bow).

UConn ‘A’ was Alexandra Coults (cox), Sara Nelson (stroke), Chisom Mokwuah (three), Kate Boudreau (two) and Emily George (bow).

UConn ‘B’ included Anna Alvarado (cox), Kathryn Stevens (stroke), Lydia Pfisterer (three), Lena Karotkin (two) and Kristen Esposito (bow).

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“We had a great experience racing at UCF,” said head coach Jennifer Wendry. “This early in the season, it was good practice to be able to utilize stake boats and race down a buoyed course for 2,000 meters. It was a good end to a hard week of training as most of our boats raced competitively with UCF, Jacksonville, and Nova Southeastern. I was most impressed with our second varsity eight who really grasped some psychological concepts this week which really helped their mental approach to the race today. We have a lot of speed to gain over the next seven weeks and I am confident in our ability to succeed in Sacramento at the American Conference Championship when we will face the 2015 champion UCF again.”

The Huskies continue is 2016 campaign at the Murphy Cup on Saturday, March 26 in Philadelphia, Pa.