Women's Rowing Wins Three Races in Season-Opening Regatta

Freshman Ava Mendelsohn stroked the winning Jumbo first varsity eight.

HARTFORD – The Tufts University women's rowing team earned wins in all three of the events they entered at the Head of the Riverfront Regatta on Sunday.

The Jumbos had victories in the eights, doubles and quads, and were also part of a combined Tufts win in the Mixed 8+ on Sunday. The Head of the Riverfront event is a 2.5-mile course on the Connecticut River.

In the eights, the Jumbos had three boats in the 25-team race. The top Jumbo boat won the race with a time of 16:15.76. The winning boat consisted of sophomore coxswain Gabrielle Borenstein, freshman stroke Ava Mendelsohn, senior Camden Myles, freshman Eden Simko, sophomore Alicia Heia, senior Prairie Hammer, junior Grace Duisberg, senior Madeleine Clarke, and sophomore Amanda Downing. They earned the LaPerla Plate by finishing as the top team, defeating strong D3 opponents Smith and perennial NCAA finalist Wesleyan, as well as Division 1 programs UMass and UConn.

The Tufts second varsity finished eighth overall (16:58.07), ahead of all other school's 2v eights except UMass. The Jumbo third eight finished first out of all 3v entries, and 18th overall with an 18:12.27 time.

"As a kickoff to the year's racing, and as a warm-up for the Head of the Charles in two weeks, we couldn't have asked for a better result," Tufts Director of Rowing and women's head coach Noel 
Wanner said.

The Jumbos won the doubles race with a time of 19:39.68, with seniors Clarke (stroke) and Myles (bow) showing off their sculling prowess, starting first and holding off the field to win by over 17 seconds. The victory came against a phalanx of entries from D1 sculling powerhouse UMass. The other Jumbo boats finished in ninth, 12th and 13th, in the 13-team race. 

In the Open 4X, the Jumbos were the only two boats in the race. The top finisher was made up of junior Lindsay Naber, Downing, Duisberg and sophomore Gillian Mehigan finished in 18:33.55.

Finally, Tufts men and women combined to take four of the top five places in the open mixed eight. The winning boat (15:36.40) represented the strong youth movement in Jumbo rowing, coxed by freshman Alex Janoff with Simko in stroke, followed Heia, freshman Nicholas Kuranda, freshman Alex Maykel, freshman Thomas Muller, freshman Ethan Bayer, sophomore Tina Feng and sophomore Sidney Tanioka in bow. The other Tufts mixed teams finished third, fourth, and fifth and crossed the line with times of 17:09.72, 17:35.96, and 17:37.83, respectively.

The Jumbos continue their fall season on the 19th and 20th of the month at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta.