WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Saint Mary's women's rowing
program had its first race of the season, traveling West Sacramento to
participate in the annual Head of the Port hosted by the River City Rowing
Club. The Gaels had five boats competing
in two events.
"It was good to get out there and race," said head coach
Nicole Younts. "It's the first step and
we have some work to do, but I'm happy with the progress we've made in just a
few weeks on the water."
The first race of the year was the collegiate eights. Saint Mary's had two boats that competed against a boat
from the Marin Rowing Association and seven boats from California. SMC finished sixth and eighth in the open
eight race. The lineup for SMC A was:
Coxswain Kaila Garza, Haley Adams, Dana Cook, Maryann Concannon, Deanna Estes,
Nathalie Lambrecht, Stacey Boss, Savina Brown, and Christina Bennett. The SMC B was
Coxswain Mareme Diakhate, Rachel Alvarez, Alex Iwaszewicz, Taylor Cole,
Michelle Felmlee-Gartner, Tessa Cunha, Samantha McCarrell, Nicolette
Pierantoni, and Brandy Cho.
Later in the morning Saint Mary's sent out three boats to compete
in the open four event. The Gaels finished
fourth, sixth and eighth against a boat from River City Rowing Club and three
boats from California. The lineup for
SMC A was: Coxswain Natalie Livingston,
Dana Cook, Maryann Concannon, Deanna Estes, and Haley Adams. Behind them was the boat manned by: Coxswain Kaila Garza, Christina Bennett,
Nathalie Lambrecht, Stacey Boss, Savina Brown.
The lineup for SMC C was: Coxswain
Mareme Diakhate, Rachel Alvarez, Michelle Felmlee-Gartner, Kira Paulin, Rebecca
Saint Mary's will return to the water on October 23 and 24
when SMC sends their Open 4 boat back to Boston Mass., to participate in the prestigious
Head of the Charles regatta.