Saints Sweep Hamitlon in All Events Sunday
Oct. 4: The St. Lawrence University women's crew team finished with an impressive showing Sunday, kicking off the 2009-10 season by sweeping Hamilton College in all events.
The Saints rowed two even boats in the women's eight event. Both St. Lawrence boats defeated each of Hamilton's eights in this long 6.6 K race. The St. Lawrence A boat finished with a time of 25:41.65. Senior Amelia Bell sat stroke seat followed by senior Jane Connolly at seven, sophomore Kathleen Slocum at six, senior Erin Hussey at five, sophomore Sarah Reynolds at four, sophomore Amanda Brewer at three, senior Corrie Mersereau at two, and senior Kate Roy at bow. Senior Catherine Burke sat as coxswain of the A boat.
The Saints B boat finished just seven seconds behind the A boat with a time of 25:48.57. Senior Eloise Lachance sat stroke seat, followed by senior Brianna Kehl at seven, senior Amelia Lalley at six, sophomore Hannah Brubaker at five, junior Megan Gallagher at four, sophomore Brianna Tidd at three, sophomore Elizabeth Webber at two, and sophomore Jeannine Condon at bow. First-year Rachel Gartland sat as coxswain of the B boat.
Hamilton's A boat finished with a time of 26:18.07, while the Continentals' B boat finished 26 seconds behind with a time of 26:44.68.
The Saints novice eight rounded out the event with a time of 27:42.43. Molly Simpson stroked the novice eight, Sally Dankner sat seven seat, Alissa McCaffrey sat six seat, Britney Tyler sat five seat, Madeline Fones sat four seat, Kylie Morris sat three seat, Charlotte Perkins sat two seat, and Britton Weber sat bow. Kelly Greenwood coxed the novice eight. The Continentals did not race a novice boat.
In the four event, the Saints took the top spot again with a time of 28:32.02. Maggie Fellows stroked the novice four, while Jessica Berdette sat three seat, Kaitlyn Summers sat two seat, and Courtney Higgins-Lambert sat bow. Rachel Gartland sat as coxswain.
Hamilton's novice A four finished almost a minute behind the Scarlet and Brown with a time of 29:14.61, while their B four finished third with a time of 29:47.61 .
St. Lawrence Assistant Coach Jessica McAlear entered the women's single event and earned the fastest time at 30:43.31. Senior Corrie Mersereau raced in the singles event as well, finishing behind her coach with a time of 34:26.78.
Head Coach Nick Hughes said the Continentals and the Saints enjoy a friendly inter-state rivalry. He added that race conditions were great, making for a very pleasant weekend.
"The race results say promising things about the depth and talent on the team," Hughes said. "We want to continue to make technical progress throughout the course of the season."
The Saints will compete next weekend at the Head of the Genesee in Rochester, NY with hopes of finishes similar to this past weekend.