Triumph at the Textile for Openweight Crew

Oct. 1, 2007

LOWELL, Mass. - The varsity openweight women's squad was the first to represent MIT Crew in competition this fall, racing Sunday at the Textile River Regatta on the Merrimack River. The focus on developing depth and skills over the past few years was evident, as the entire team made a good showing across multiple events.

The first varsity eight placed second of 18 in the morning, an encouraging improvement over last year's fourth-place showing. A second varsity eight also raced in the same event, placing 11th. In the afternoon, everyone split into fours and raced a second time. Out of 28 entries, the Engineers crossed the line in first, fourth, 14th, and 21st place.

It was the first time the rowers had a chance to show what they've been learning from new head coach Holly Metcalf. Commenting on the results, coach Metcalf remarked, "Last year at the Textile MIT had a few exceptional results, with wins in the single and pair. So far this year my efforts have been to raise the level of everyone on the squad, and I couldn't be happier with the improvement that is already evident across the board. There is a positive momentum that we are all excited to continue through the fall and into the spring."

Next, the team looks toward racing at the New Hampshire Championships on October 13, followed one week later by the annual Head of the Charles.

Varsity Eight - 2nd Place
C - Erin Fitzgerald
8 - Leslie Sprague
7 - Stephanie Flavin
6 - Alison Greenlee
5 - Kathleen Fleming
4 - Jane Wolcott
3 - Inessa Liskovich
2 - Genevieve Russo
1 - Alice Ainsworth

Second Varsity Eight - 11th Place
C - Prarthna Desai
8 - Julia Fu
7 - Melodie Kao
6 - Roseleigh Taylor
5 - Erika Cerda
4 - Rachel Batzer
3 - Katya Jarrell
2 - Andrea Greb
1 - Shauni Deshmukh

Varsity Four - 1st Place
C - Erin Fitzgerald
4 - Leslie Sprague
3 - Stephanie Flavin
2 - Alison Greenlee
1 - Kathleen Fleming

Second Varsity Four - 4th Place
C - Prarthna Desai
4 - Jane Wolcott
3 - Inessa Liskovich
2 - Genevieve Russo
1 - Alice Ainsworth

Third Varsity Four - 14th Place
C - Vicky Hsu
8 - Julia Fu
7 - Connie Yeh
6 - Rachel Batzer
5 - Melodie Kao

Fourth Varsity Four - 21st Place
C - Fiona Hughes
4 - Roseleigh Taylor
3 - Katya Jarrell
2 - Andrea Greb
1 - Shauni Deshmukh