Blue Crew Wins NEWMAC Championship

April 26, 2012

Wellesley Rowing Takes Regatta Points Trophy and Varsity Victory

For the second consecutive season, Wellesley College can lay claim to the NEWMAC Rowing Championship. The Blue's varsity eight edged out second-place Coast Guard in collecting Wellesley's third overall title at the 2012 league championship on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., on April 21.

Wellesley, posting a time of 7:26.4, was nearly four seconds ahead of the Bears (7:30.3). Smith College turned in a third place finish with a time of 7:37.3 with WPI close behind (7:38.1). Mount Holyoke (8:02.1) and Clark (8:17.3) rounded out the field.

The Blue also picked up the Florence Smith Jope Cup, given annually to the team with the most overall points during the four championship events. Wellesley took first-place honors in both the novice eight (7:49.2) and in the second varsity eight (7:43.9), while Smith crossed the line first in the third varsity eight race (8:01.5) that featured only three boats.

Conference Honors

Following the races, the 2011 all-conference honorees were announced. Wellesley College varsity recipients were Jessica Frey '13 (Andover, Mass.) and Patty Suquilanda '13 (Greenwich, Conn.). Selections from other schools  were: Genevieve DeAngelis (Malden, Mass.) and Katy Nowoswiat (Lowell, Mass.) of Clark University; Holly Madden (Shrinking Spring, Pa.) and Sarah Jane Otey (Littleton, Colo.) of Coast Guard; Carol Still (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Hattie Gemerchak (Shaker Heights, Ohio) of Mount Holyoke; of Wellesley; and Brooke Cotta (Bristol, R.I.) and Suzanna Kelley (Attleboro, Mass.) of WPI.

Loren Lock '15 (Fond Du Lac, Wis.) represented Wellesley among the novice selections, which also included Katie Baldyga (Unionville, Conn.) of Clark; Brynna Cooke (Salem, Conn.) of Coast Guard; Samantha Marsden (Eugene, Ore.) of Mount Holyoke; Caroline Finn (Woodbridge, Va.) of Smith; and Corre Steele (Stow, Mass.) of WPI.     

Other Honors

Wellesley College coxswain Emma Kaufman '15 was one of 24 athletes nationwide recently invited to the prestigious USRowing 2012 Women's Freshman Camp. Kaufman, a native of Norwich, Vt., is one of only two Division III selections.


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