May 9, 2009
PHILADELPHIA - The University of Connecticut rowing team concluded its 2009 spring season on Friday and Saturday with its annual trip to the Dad Vail Regatta.
The highlight of the competition for the Huskies was the novice eight team finishing in third place in the grand final in a time of 7:22.051. Buffalo won the race in a time of 7:19.207 while Old Dominion was second in 7:20.323 and the Huskies beat Temple, Drexel and St. Joseph's.
UConn finished in first in its semifinal heat on Saturday to advance to the final in a time of 6:54.866 and topped Temple, Massachusetts, Villanova, Drake and Delaware.
On Friday, due to flooding on the Schuylkill River, the heats were run head race style, with crews racing down the course for 1,500 meters, single file, for time. The novice eight finished first in Friday's competition in a time of 5:04.77.
The novice eight boat this weekend was freshman Sara Trevisani (Duxbury, Mass.), freshman Diana Filipek (Sewell, N.J.), freshman Amanda Sibley (Old Lyme, Conn.), freshman Andriel Doolittle (Clinton, Conn.), freshman Mary Grace Haggett (Ledyard, Conn.), junior Elizabeth Bernard (Bridgeport, Conn.), senior Amy Kessler (Bridgewater, N.J.), junior Katherin Siracusa (Storrs, Conn.) and freshman Dana Haddad (Storrs, Conn.).
UConn's junior varsity eight finished in fifth place in the grand final of the event in a time of 7:16.863 while Buffalo was first in 6:58.088 followed by San Diego, Massachusetts. Purdue and the Huskies beat North Carolina. The Huskies were fifth in the Friday time trials in a time of 5:15.383 to get to the Saturday final.
The UConn boat was junior Mikey Sevick (Simsbury, Conn.), junior Rebecca Likar (East Lyme, Conn.), junior Kristen Beasley (Centerville, Mass.), junior Julie Konstantino (Orange, Conn.), junior Lizzie Littlewood (Mystic, Conn.), freshman Jennifer Chames (Hookset, N.H.), junior Liz Harsley (Riverdale, N.J.), sophomore Morfia Efthimiou (Stonington, Conn.) and sophomore Amanda Cote (Wakefield, R.I.).
The UConn varsity eight boat advance to the petite finals after finishing in tenth in Friday's time trials in 4:42.997 and then was fourth in its semifinals to earn a spot in the petite finals. Overall, UConn was 12th of the 30 crews in the varsity eight competition.
The varsity eight boat was junior Leah Masopust (Morris, Conn.), sophomore Gretchen Stern (Rexford, N.Y.), junior Katie Rauscher (Manchester, Conn.), senior Kathy Les (South Windsor, Conn.), junior Sarah Willhoft (Manchester, Conn.), sophomore Audrey Squire (Kinnelon, N.J.), junior Sylvia Czupi (Woodbridge, Conn.), junior Jennifer Reynolds (South Hero, Vt.) and sophomore Kim Weber (Ridgefield, Conn.).
The UConn novice four was 18th in the Friday time trials in 5:39.193 and was did not advance out of it semifinal heat.
The Husky boat was comprised of freshman Brittanie Reinold (Sulton, Mass.), freshman Rosie Edreira (Newburgh, N.Y.), sophomore Diana Ramirez (El Monte, Calif.) sophomore Elizabeth Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) and freshman Kylie Angell (Trumbull, Conn.).