2017 Season Preview Merrimack College women's rowing

2016 rewind

The Merrimack College women's rowing program enjoyed another historic season in 2016, competing in six events and concluding its campaign with a trip abroad to participate in the Henley Women's Regatta on the Thames River in England. The Warriors' Fours boat posted multiple top-three finishes, including winning races at the NE10 Cup and at the UMass Lowell Invitational. At the Dad Vail Regatta, Merrimack's eights boat collected a second-place finish in the Petite Final.

The Warriors competition in the 29th Henley Women's Regatta featured a myriad of program firsts, most prominently the program's first victory on international waters. As a tune-up to Henley, the Navy and Gold took the water at the Reading Amateur Regatta - also on the Thames River - and advanced to the finals of the Women's Intermediate 2 Coxed Fours with a victory over the University of West England.

At Henley, Merrimack went toe-to-toe with Tideway Sculler School's Finn, comprised of a former Olympian, a world-record holder and a Team England national team rower, and fell one length short of besting their competition. At the time, head coach Dave LeFebvre stated, "This was Merrimack's most complete race of the year – possibly ever since I've been with the program. TSS was just a little bit quicker, but we were grateful to have been in the water – and very much in the running – against such a prestigious program."

Sights 2016 women's rowing season!

meet the warriors

From last season, Merrimack returns three members of its top-flight fours unit, including junior Jess Khoury (Bay Shore, N.Y.), sophomore Tasha Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) and senior Lauren Blazon (Lowell, Mass.). Other key contributors to last years squad include seniors Megan Lacombe (Middletown, Conn.) and Amy Wengefeld (Old Saybrook, Conn.) as well as junior Hillary Farrell (Jefferson, Mass.) and sophomores Ashley Augulewicz (Beverly, Mass.) and Emily Crowe (Ridgewood, N.J.).

The Warriors added depth to their roster, with six new faces joining the program. Juniors Katherine Lawless (Lynnfield, Mass.), Quezia Lacerda (Saugus, Mass.) and Gina Russo (Burlington, Mass.) will compete for the first time this spring as well as freshmen Rebecca Donahue (Woburn, Mass.), Madeleine Garrigue (Richmond, Va.) and Arpi Parseghian (Arlington, Mass.).

Entering their first race this weekend, Merrimack's fours lineup is expected to feature: Coxswain: Jess Khoury Stroke: Tasha Wypych Third Seat: Ashley Augulewicz Second Seat: Amy Wengefeld Bow: Lauren Blazon

2017 docket

Merrimack faces a familiar slate of races in 2017 as the Warriors compete Saturday at the Knecht Cup:

knecht cup

  • Mercer Lake in West Windsor Township, N.J.
  • 2016: 2nd - Club Four Finals | 3rd - Frosh/Novice Four Petite Final

UMASS LOwell invite

  • Merrimack River in Lowell, Mass.
  • 2016: 1st - Varsity 4+ Final | 2nd - Novice 4+ Final | 2nd - Women's Varsity 8+

ne10 cup

  • Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.
  • 2016: 1st - Varsity Fours | 3rd - Novice Fours

new england rowing champ.

  • Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.
  • 2016: 4th - Varsity Fours Grand Final | 3rd - Novice Fours Grand Final

dad vail regatta

  • Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 2016: 2nd in Varsity Eight DII Petite Fianl
The women's rowing program heads to New Jersey Saturday to begin the 2017 season!
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