BRIGHTON, Mass. - The Bryn Mawr crew team closed out their fall season earlier Sunday afternoon at the 2018 Seven Sisters Championship regatta, hosted this year by Wellesley College. The Owls put on a very strong effort at the event in both the Varsity and Novice eight races, and ultimately Bryn Mawr claimed fifth place overall on the day. It was certainly a solid performance by the Owls, many of whom were racing in their first 8+ event in their college careers.
The Bryn Mawr Varsity 8+ featured Madison Barchas, Sophia McConnell, Sovigne Gardner, Aine Williams-Asplund, Maura Clancy, Jacqueline Fernandez, Lina Oppenheimer and Rhian Muschett, and was coxed by junior Samantha Van Cott. The Owls pushed hard the entire way through on a cold day on the Charles River. Ultimately, Bryn Mawr claimed fifth place in the event, racing across the line in a time of 15:30.7.
In the Novice 8+ race, the Owls boat featured Sofia Bomse, Cassidy Healey, Allison Eckert, Bailey Willhite, Laura D'Elia, Yael Day, Uba Ogidi, and Amalia Cattrell, and was coxed by co-captain Anushka Robinson. Bryn Mawr took sixth place in that race, finishing in a time of 19:02.5.
Madison Barchas and Sophia McConnell were named to the All-Seven Sisters Varsity Team for their strong performances at the regatta, while Cassidy Healey was named to the All-Seven Sisters Novice team.
Overall, Wellesley claimed the program's tenth consecutive Seven Sisters title, paced by a victory in the Second Varsity 8+ event and runner-up finishes in the Varsity 8+ and Novice 8+ races.
Mount Holyoke 19
Bryn Mawr 5
The regatta also featured an Alumnae 8+ race, in which several Owls rowing veterans returned to the water to compete against their fellow Seven Sisters alumnae. The Bryn Mawr boat, featuring Emily Spiegel '18, Jane Liu '17, Rebecca Findlay '10, Katherine Faigen '09, Kyoko Yamamoto '01, Anna Dunbar-Hester '03, KellyAnn Tsai, Becca Taft and coxed by US Paralympian Jenny Sichel '10, claimed victory in the 1.25 mile exhibition, finishing in a time of 8:55.9 to beat out boats from Simmons, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Wellesley.