LOWELL, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's rowing team raced a pair of wind-aided blistering times on Saturday afternoon, beating the UMass Lowell Riverhawks in both Varsity Fours and Novice Fours on the Merrimack River in Lowell, Mass.
Opponent: UMass Lowell
Location: Merrimack River | Lowell, Mass.
Lineup (Varsity Four):
Coxswain: Jess Khoury (Bay Shore, N.Y.)
Stroke: Tasha Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand)
Third Seat: Ashley Augulewicz (Beverly, Mass.)
Second Seat: Amy Wengefeld (Old Saybrook, Conn.)
Bow: Lauren Blazon (Lowell, Mass.)
Lineup (JV Four):
Coxswain: Claire Foley
Stroke: Emily Crowe (Ridgewood, N.J.)
Third Seat: Gina Russo (Burlington, Mass.)
Second Seat: Katherine Lawless (Lynnfield, Mass.)
Bow: Arpi Parseghian (Arlington, Mass.)
What They Said:
Head Coach Dave Lefebvre: "The tail wind combined with the unusually strong current meant times were about a minute faster than normal, and made it important to get out in front early. Both of our crews raced hard and handled the conditions well. We know that UMass Lowell always gives us a real fight, and they didn't disappoint."
How It Happened
- Merrimack's Varsity Fours boat the captured a third-place finish at the Knecht Cup last week returned to the water in Lowell to face UMass Lowell
- The unit got off to fast start, and held off the charging Riverhawks to cross the finish line three seconds ahead of the opposition
- Merrimack's Novice Fours squad hit the water for the first time this spring, with four members who competed in their first race with the Navy and Gold. They bested the Riverhawks' quintet by nearly 35 full seconds, winning the dual race against UMass Lowell
Varsity Four Results:
1) Merrimack (6:29.5)
2) UMass Lowell (6:32.9)
1) Merrimack (7:07.2)
2) UMass Lowell (7:40.8)
The Warriors compete against Franklin Pierce and Assumption next weekend at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.