WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 7, 2020) - The Rollins women's rowing team opened up their 2020 sprint season against some tough competition from up and down the east coast on Saturday.
Local Division I crew with multiple NCAA appearances, UCF came over to race with Rollins along with Villanova and Duquesne.
The weather did not cooperate with 15-20 mph winds for the first ever rowing race for half of the Tars. Despite the conditions they posted some decent times for this point in the season.
The best finish of the day was the Women's Varsity 4 (Emma Battle, Grace Wamester, Samantha Talucci, Britta Brown, Nicole Vitt) placing third of five boats and just seven seconds behind second place Villanova.
"These are tough teams to start the season with," said Tars head coach Shawn Pistor during the regatta. "It never hurts to see competition better than you so you realize the work you need to put in on a daily basis."
The women's novice 8 (Ginger Graham, Natalie Moran, Suzanna Decosta, Mac Scheer, Catherine Mitchell, Anna Belle Warren, Alexandria Freeman, Noelle Thrasher, Bess Prim) had an incredible race being right in the mix, clashing oars, dealing with crabs and interacting with some buoys. Through all of this they fought every stroke and never gave up. These experiences are crucial in the development of such a young team and is a good reminder to our experienced rowers.
"We appreciate having had Duquesne in town for their spring break training and the ladies are looking forward to racing the University of Florida next weekend on Lake Maitland," added Pistor. "Racing for the Rollins Invitational on March 14 begins at 8am and the team is hoping for flatter water and looking to post even better times."