WORCESTER, Mass. - The Assumption's varsity 4 boat set a new school record on Saturday in its final race of the year, while the varsity 8 boat also put forth a strong showing at the Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River this weekend.
On Friday, Assumption's Varsity 4 came through with a fourth place finish in their heat with a time of 9:14.4, 12 seconds behind Mercyhurst who took third. However, the team rebounded with a record-breaking performance on Saturday, finishing in 7:43.56 and just 13 seconds out of third place in the race.
The Varsity 8 was racing right with Mercyhurst over the final 500 meters when an oar issue put them behind and they finished fourth in 8:08.17 seconds in their opening race. The team then raced Nova Southeastern for a spot in the grand final and came up just short, finishing in second with a time of 7:32.6.
Coach Aline Seekins was pleased with her team's efforts. "Both boats had a great weekend of racing and finished out the year on a high note," said Seekins. "We had 5 seniors this year who have put a lot into this team in their time at Assumption College and wish them the best in the future. With 17 team members returning and 5 freshmen coming in we look forward to picking up in the fall where we left off this spring."
Cox: Katie Danieli (Chelmsford, Mass. / Chelmsford / UNH)
Stroke: Abby Boyko (Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / Our Lady of Lourdes)
Michelle Byrnes (Oakdale, N.Y. / St. John the Baptist)
Julianna Woods (Manchester, N.H. / Manchester Memorial)
MaryHope Gardner (Deep River, Conn. / Valley Regional High School)
Lily Vartanian (Vernon, Conn. / Rockville)
Tara LePage (Amherst, N.H. / Souhegan)
Karolina Dzieminski (Webster, Mass. / Bartlet)
Hannah Avard (Manchester, N.H. / Manchester West)
Cox: Kathryn Witherwax (Poughkeepsie, N.Y. / Our Lady of Lourdes)
Stroke: Shannon McLaughlin (Chelmsford, Mass. / Chelmsford)
Gina Savino (South Windsor, Conn. / East Catholic)
Savannah Taylor (Edmond, Ok. / Casady School)
Emily Baker (Barrington, R.I. / Barrington)