|Camden Myles helped propel Tufts' 1V8 to the second-fastest time in the heats|
WORCESTER - Saturday on Lake Quinsigamond saw many events at the 2017 New England Rowing Championships cancelled and some postponed as strong southerly winds and 30 mph gusts tore up the rowing venue.
With white caps taking a toll on boats trying to line up at the start, racing was delayed twice in the mid-afternoon. By the end of the day, with diminishing light determining a last start of 7:10 p.m., only the first varsity eight and second varsity eight Tufts crews raced. The novice eight did not get a chance to prove themselves in a finals-only competition scheduled for 3:30 p.m. as the contest was postponed just as the crew was on the dock, ready to launch.
The second varsity eight qualified for the grand final in the first heat of the morning with an 8:10.840 time, finishing second behind Bates (7:52.290) and just nipping Colby (8:12.548) at the line by one-half length. Racing nearly eight hours later in the grand final, this boat was sixth in their event to the top 2V8s in the country in Division III Rowing. The order of finish saw four NESCAC crews - Bates, Wesleyan, Wellesley, WPI, Williams, and Tufts (8:28.680).
The 2V8 boating for Tufts was junior coxswain Caroline Talbert, sophomore Erika Madrian, freshman Grace Fabrycky, freshman Laurel Haeger, sophomore Miriam Weiss, senior Hayley Cohen, sophomore Maddie Orzeske, sophomore Maia Tarnas and freshman Julia Turner.
Tufts' top "Blue Boat" qualified for their grand final with the second fastest time in the morning heats (7:31.859), a little more than a length behind Williams (7:26.774) and about the same distance ahead of Amherst (7:36.083). Bates won the grand final in impressive fashion by more than 10 seconds over second place Wesleyan. Closely bunched behind within three-and-a-half seconds of Wesleyan were Williams, Wellesley and Tufts (7:30.891), followed by New Hampshire a bit further back.
For the Jumbo 1V8, junior Annelise Ryan was coxswain with junior Emma Conroy, sophomore Libby Lichter, freshman Prairie Hammer, sophomore Miranda Finestone, freshman Camden Myles, sophomore Bibi Lichauco, junior Sera Busse and senior Natalia Kastenberg.
The women's point trophy standings, which combine all races, were not immediately available.
All boats will return to Worcester next Friday for the National Invitational Rowing Championships, where a NESCAC Champion will be crowned as the conference Automatic Qualifier to the NCAA Championship at Lake Mercer in New Jersey, May 26-28.