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Rowing Opens Spring Season Against Miami

Novice Eight team tops the Hurricanes as team begins the year

MIAMI, Fla. (March 12, 2009)  -- The University of Connecticut rowing team opened its 2009 spring season with a meet against Miami (Fla.) on Thursday.

In the varsity eight race, Miami posted a time of 6:56.3, while UConn came in at 7:07.9. The UConn boat was sophomore Gretchen Stern (Rexford, N.Y.), sophomore Kim Weber (Ridgefield, Conn.), senior Kathy Les (South Windsor, Conn.), junior Sarah Willhoft (Manchester, Conn.), junior Rebecca Likar (East Lyme, Conn.), junior Katie Rauscher (Manchester, Conn.), sophomore Hailey Rosa (Mansfield, Conn.), sophomore Audrey Squire (Kinnelon, N.J.), and junior Sylvia Czupi (Woodbridge, Conn.).

The UConn second varsity eight posted a time of 7:23.15, compared to 7:11.4 for Miami. That Husky boat was Taylor Hoige (Baldwinsville N.Y.), junior Kristen Beasley (Centerville, Mass.), junior Liz Harsley (Riverdale, N.J.), junior Julie Konstantino (Orange, Conn.), sophomore Amanda Cote (Wakefield, R.I.), junior Leah Masopust (Morris, Conn.), sophomore Morfia Efthimiou (Stonington, Conn.), junior Michael-Ann Sevick (Simsbury, Conn.), junior Lizzie Littlewood (Mystic, Conn.) and junior Jennifer Reynolds (South Hero, Vt.).

The Husky varsity four came in with a time of 8:09.2 while Miami won in a time of 8:04.9. The UConn boat was junior Leah Masopust (Morris, Conn.), freshman Diana Filipek (Sewell, N.J.), freshman Dana Haddad (Storrs, Conn.), freshman Jessica Chames (Hookset, N.H.) and freshman Amanda Sibley (Old Lyme, Conn.).

UConn's novice eight team won its race in a time of 7:42.2 while Miami had a time of 8:30.8. Rowing for UConn in that race was: freshman Sara Trevisani (Duxbury, Mass.), freshman Mary Grace Haggett (Ledyard, Conn.), freshman Rosie Edreira (Newburgh, N.Y. sophomore Beth Flatley (Townsend, Mass.), freshman Andriel Doolittle (Clinton, Conn.), junior Elizabeth Bernard (Bridgeport, Conn.), Amy Kessler (Bridgewater, N.J.), junior Katherin Siracusa (Storrs, Conn.) and freshman Kylie Angell (Trumbull, Conn.).

"All our crews raced hard today and we showed some good speed," says head coach Jennifer Sanford-Wendry. "It is tough to face Miami early in the year because of our lack of water time."

UConn returns to action on Saturday, March 28 when it travels to Kingston, R.I.. for the Yankee Cup to compete with Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island at 8:00 a.m.