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Rowing Competes At Head Of The Charles

Senior Melissa Soucie was part of the Club Four boat.

Oct. 23, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The University of Connecticut rowing team had three boats compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday and Sunday.

The best performance for UConn was in the Club Four event as the Huskies finished fifth out of 45 crews. The Club Eight finished 24th out of 34 and the Champ 8 finished 36th out of 40.

The UConn Club Four boat had sophomore Elise McCormick (Glastonbury, Conn.), junior Natalie Carlone (Fort Washington, Pa.), junior Julia Roth (Weston, Conn.), senior Melissa Soucie (Avon, Conn.) and senior Caitlin Swallow (South Glastonbury, Conn.) rowing in it and was the strongest UConn boat on the water.

The Champ Eight had junior Charlotte Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.), junior Erin Mounce (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), senior Hillary Wiles-Lafayette (Litchfield, Conn.), sophomore Diana Gryszkiewicz (Easton, Conn.), sophomore Kate Hughes (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Kaitlin Anderson (Fayatteville, N.Y.), junior Kendra Kohanski (East Lyme, Conn.), senior Brittany DePoi (Brookfield, Conn.) and Audrey Kelley (Simsbury, Conn.) and consisted of some varsity and some second varsity level athletes.

The Club Eight had senior Liz Sarant (Massapequa, N.Y.), sophomore Amanda Litty (Bethesda, Md.), Emily Powers (Lyme, Conn.), Meg Duva (Glastonbury, Conn.), sophomore Teresa Starzecki (Shelton, Conn.), sophomore Abby Viner (Stratford, Conn.), junior Emi Nishino (Holden, Mass.), sophomore Haley Ullinger (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and junior Chelsea Zabel (Guilford, Conn.) and consisted of some Second Varsity and Third Varsity level athletes.



"Making lineups for this race was a challenge as we had five rowers and a coxswain ineligible to row in the Club events this year because they placed third in that event last year," said head coach Jennifer Sanford-Wendry. "They had to race in the Champ category, which had many national team boats and NCAA Championship speed crews boating their fastest eights. "This was not the fastest eight we could put out there. Our goal was to make our boat go the fastest it could in that lineup and that's exactly what they did. The conditions were not favorable to us being a smaller crew as the wind was very strong. They unfortunately had to take the outside of two big turns which put them at a big disadvantage with the final time. I'm not really looking at our placement in relation to the crews around us as it relates to the spring because a 2000-meter head to head race on a straight course is a whole different ball game. All of the UConn rowers who had the opportunity to race at the Head of the Charles recognize that this is one of the premier events in rowing and it is a positive memory that they will remember for a lifetime."

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UConn concludes its fall season next Saturday at the Head of the Fish in Saratoga, N.Y.