Union Crew ends season on positive stroke


By maxweiner

Last weekend, the Union Men’s and Women’s Crew teams closed the fall portion of their seasons at the 44th annual Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia. The Head of the Schuylkill Regatta is one of the biggest collegiate crew events of the year, and the Dutchmen and -women definitely represented Union very well there.

The men’s crew team took part in three races at the Schuylkill. In the Frosh/Novice Eights race, they turned in the top Division III time in the field at 15:26.23 and finished 14th overall out of 32 entrants. The Dutchmen’s lineup consisted of: coxswain Phoenix Mendes ’18, Jack Bragg ’18 at stroke, Rex Rubin ’18, Teddy Williamson ’18, Gyb Spilsbury ’18, Cameron Peterson ’18, John Costa ’18, Aaron Reif ’18 and Bill Behenna ’18.

In their second event, the Championship Club Eights Competition, the Dutchmen had a lineup consisting of Grace Miralles ’16 at coxswain, Ben Davis ’17, Thomas Kolb ’15, Matt Worthington ’15, Jonathan Hunt ’15, Matt Reinhardt ’18, Mason King ’17, Christopher Wenner ’16 and Andrew Wenner ’16. The Dutchmen placed 11th overall and finished as the second-fastest Division III team in the field (14:15.36) behind rival Hamilton College.

In the Dutchmen’s third event, they fielded a shell consisting of coxswain Shanna Shi ’16, Gavin Kann ’15 at stroke, Austin Andersen ’16, Zach Kent ’17 and Joshua Loew ’16, for the Championship Fours. This group finished 28th overall at 16:50.28.

The Dutchwomen participated in four races against some of the best competitors in the Northeast. The novice and varsity eight squads turned in the top results from the regatta for Union.

The women’s Frosh/Novice Eights squad placed 16th overall out of 36 boats and posted the second-best time among Division III schools with a time of 17:29.98 in the 4,000-meter course. Their lineup consisted of Bella Santia ’18 at stroke, Alyssa Boyle ’18, Lauren Stamatel ’18, Taylor Westermann ’18, Meghan Bentley ’18, Hannah Rayhill ’18, Anouk Nouet ’18, Kristen Kirchgessner ’18 and coxswain Natalya Brill ’18. This was the group’s first time competing together as a unit.

The Dutchwomen finished 16th overall in Championship Club Eights race, as well. At 16:06.75, they finished third among Division III teams, beating out nine other Division I schools.

The Dutchwomen’s Championship Club Eights skull had a lineup consisting of: coxswain Jordan Pulling ’15, Hadley Richards ’17, Maggie Hoffman ’15, Hannah Hage ’16, Rachael Hunt ’17, Claire Kelly ’18, Alyson Insero ’18, Darrien Pulos-Rooney ’17 and Elizabeth Asch at bow ’16.

The Dutchwomen’s varsity four and novice four boats had strong showings as well. Clocking a time of 18:17.67, the varsity four boat consisted of Alicia Barber ’17, Maggie Hoffman, Hannah Hage, Claire Puleio ’17 and Mary Cordier ’16 at stroke.

The novice four group consisted of: coxswain Rachel Clarey ’18, Alyson Insero at stroke, Maddie Van Dorpe ’18, Claire Kelly and Paige Kotowitz ’18. Together, they earned a top-10 finish, with a time of 15:04.51.

After a solid showing by both the men and women’s teams this past weekend at the 44th annual Head of the Schuylkill Regatta, the Union crew season has officially come to an end for the fall. By reviewing their results from Schuylkill, the Dutchmen and -women likely have promising futures on the river ahead of them.


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