Women's Lightweights Take Home First PlaceBy Heather Marshall
The first fall races for the crew teams were this weekend at the Textile River and at the Head of the Ohio Regattas. While the varsity's first heavyweight boat traveled to Ohio, the second heavyweight and the lightweight men's and the lightweight and open women's boats raced in Lowell.
The novice boats, in their season opener and under a new novice coach, placed fifth and ninth with times of 22:27 and 24:00 over the three-mile course.
The women's club eight event followed. The second varsity boat placed 27th in a field of 40 with a time of 21:54. Also in that race was the Sloan boat, which had a strong showing and placed fourth overall with a time of 19:49.
The women's lightweight team, in their first race ever, finished in first place with a time of 20:25. The men's lightweight eight raced next and pulled into an early lead. However, they dropped back and finished second with a time of 17:56.
In the men's club eight, the second varsity lightweights rowed a time of 18:56 to take 15th, and the second varsity heavyweight boat took fifth with a time of 18:09.
Varsity women's coach Susan Lindholm was pleased with the day. "We came home with some very happy crews," she said.