|Freshman Alicia Heia was in the middle of the successful second varsity eight.|
WORCESTER – The second and third varsity eights from the Tufts University women's rowing team placed fourth in their respective grand finals at the 2019 New England Rowing Championships (NERC) on Saturday at Lake Quinsigamond.
The women's varsity eight did not qualify for the grand final, however the Jumbos won the petite final. They had been third in their heat with a 6:53.384 mark. They then won the petite final with a 7:12.507 time, defeating Coast Guard (7:14.212) and Colby (7:14.557) among others. Tufts was also ahead of a Trinity team which had beat them in the regular-season opener.
The second varsity eight won their heat with a 6:54.584 time to receive a spot in the grand final. They were nearly three seconds ahead of Williams in the heat. The Jumbos then rowed 7:18.176 for fourth in the grand final, ahead of a Wellesley team they had lost against in April. This was the second straight year that Tufts was fourth in the GF.
In third varsity eight races, a time trial was contested between 10 teams with six places going to a grand final and four to a petite final. Tufts was sixth in the time trial (5:48.376) and then improved to fourth place in the grand final (7:32.414), their best NERC placement since 2010 when they were also fourth. Tufts finished higher than a Wesleyan team they had lost to during the regular-season.
The fourth varsity was one race of five teams in which Tufts placed third with a 7:51.374 time.
In the final Team Point Trophy standings for the women, the Jumbos were fifth with a 63.93 score.
The Jumbo 1V line-up had coxswain Gabby Borenstein, stroke Lindsay Naber, 7 Camden Myles, 6 Lauren Drohosky, 5 Libby Lichter, 4 Amanda Downing, 3 Grace Fabrycky, 2 Prairie Hammer and bow Grace Duisberg.
For the second varsity, coxswain Jordan Sclar, stroke Karen Dooley, 7 Miranda Finestone, 6 Bibi Lichauco, 5 Alicia Heia, 4 Madeleine Clarke, 3 Laurel Haeger, 2 Polly Harrington and bow Sophie Bredenkamp were the boating.
Tufts competes at the National Invitational Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond a week from Sunday. The regatta also serves as the NESCAC Championship.