TRINITY WOMEN'S ROWING 2018-19 Season Recap

Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's rowing team, led by Coach Heather Barney (3rd Season), had another successful year on the water. The Bantams posted a 5-10 overall record and finished the year with an 11th-place finish at the New England Rowing Championships and a 12th-place finish at the National Invitational Rowing Championships. The team also boasted multiple academic and individual accolades at the conclusion of the spring season.

The Bantams opened up the year in September at the Head of the Riverfront Regatta in East Hartford. Trinity entered two boats in the Open 8+ race that finished 11th and 12th, respectively, in a 19-boat race, while its two entries in the Open 4+ race came in fourth and sixth, respectively, among a field of 11. The following weekend at the Head of the Housatonic, hosted by Yale, the squad entered evenly-boated crews in the eights race for the second week in a row, and wound up finishing second and fourth, respectively, in the Collegiate Women’s Non-DI event. Trinity's entry in one of the fours races finished 11th against predominantly Division I competition, and the Bantam second four finished as the runner-up in the Non-DI race.

Trinity turned in a stellar performance at the famed Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge in late-October. The team's "A" entry in the collegiate fours race, consisting of junior Kirsten Thiim (Acton, Mass.), sophomores Lillian Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.), Claire Grigglestone (Groton, Mass.), Aria Mildon (Vashon, Wash.), and junior coxswain Zoe Russell (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), finished third of 40 boats and was the fastest Division III boat in the race. The team concluded its fall portion of the schedule at a rain-shortened Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The varsity-four crew dusted the Simmons College Sharks by over 50 seconds to highlight the first day of spring racing for the team on the Charles River Basin in Cambridge. The following weekend, the varsity eight took down two opponents ranked among the top 15 in the nation on the Malden River, besting the No. 14-ranked United States Coast Guard Academy Bears and the No. 7-ranked Tufts University Jumbos in separate races.

After a pair of meets on Lake Quinsigamond, the team finished the month of April at Assumption College where the second-varsity eight bested Connecticut College by 26.67 seconds. The second-varsity posted a winning time of 7:51.2, while the varsity four was 5.2 seconds behind second-place Connecticut College in its race.

Trinity opened the month of May at the New England Rowing Championships at Lake Quinsigamond where the varsity-eight crew finished fifth in the petit final with a time of 7:19.397, just 0.03 seconds behind fourth-place Vermont and well over four seconds faster than sixth-place Mount Holyoke. In the second-varsity eight petit final, Trinity came in sixth place with a time of 7:53.866 while the third-varsity eight took third with a time of 7:54.918. Trinity was also seventh in the Men's and Women's Overall Points Trophy Standings with 79.20 points.

The varsity eight finished sixth in the petit final with a time of 7:14.845, as the Bantams closed the 2018-19 season at the National Invitational Rowing Championship (NIRC) Regatta back at Lake Quinsigamond. Trinity's second-varsity eight also finished sixth in its petit final, and its third-varsity eight was fourth in its petit final. Trinity finished seventh in the NESCAC, just over 3.2 seconds behind Colby. The team totaled 96 points in the Overall Points Trophy Standings, good for 11th place and just one shy of Hamilton in 10th place.

After the season, Thiim was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team, the first all-conference accolade of her career. Senior Julia Gorka (McLean, Va.) was also honored as the college's Susan E. Martin Award winner, given to the senior female scholar athlete of the year. Additionally, the Bantams were well represented on the NESCAC's Spring All-Academic Team. Belletete, Gorka, Thiim, Grigglestone, seniors Erin Gannon (Lincoln, R.I), Erin Murphy (Bedford, Mass.), Emily McLeod (Portland, Ore.) and Mary McGonigle (Atlanta, Ga.), juniors Caitlin Southwick (Medfield, Mass.) and Sarah Thomas (Lincoln, Neb.) and sophomores Lillia Schmidt (Wilmington, Del.), Lucia Hainline (Milton, Mass.), Delilah Johnson (Little Compton, R.I) and Rachel Kyriakides (Duxbury, Mass.) were all named to the team thanks to their hard work in the classroom. McGonigle additionally represented the team on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship squad as well.

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