Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's rowing team, which posted a 4-0 record in dual races, won five regattas in the fall and spring seasons, and finished third in the New England Championships and fourth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) National Regatta, has qualified for an 11th straight NCAA Division III Championship Regatta. The Bantams, coached by Wesley Ng (7th Season), finished fifth in last year's NCAA Regatta and have twice won the NCAA Varsity Eight title at the event as the fastest boat in Division III. This year's event, which includes NCAA Division I, II, and III Championship racing, will take place May 31 to June 2 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
Along with Trinity, ECAC and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Champion Williams, NESCAC rival Bates, Mid-Atlentic Champion Washington College, Wellesley, and William Smith were granted NCAA selections. Those seven teams will compete for the NCAA Championship title, while the first varsity eights from Ithaca and Puget Sound will also compete for the Varsity Eights National Championship but will not have a second boat in the regatta. Williams has won the NCAA title the last seven seasons.
Trinity's fourth-place time of 6:47.988 in the grand final at the ECAC Regatta on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., which was 3.84 seconds behind third-place William Smith and 2.55 seconds faster than fifth-place Ithaca, came on the heels of a third-place finish in the New England Championships the previous weekend. The Bantam women's second varsity, which won its only two dual races this spring, won its grand final at 6:59.98 in the New England Regatta, leading Trinity to the Overall Points Trophy and the Men's and Women's Combined Overall Points Trophy titles, and claimed silver in the ECAC Regatta. The NCAA Regatta scoring system combines the points of each team's first and second varsity boats.
In both 2005 and 2008, the Bantam varsity eight won the NCAA Grand Final race, but were outscored in the overall standings due to very strong places by both the first- and second eights from other schools. Trinity's best-ever team finish was a second-place performance in 2008, and the Bantams own third-place showings in 2005, 2009, and 2010. Last May, the Bantam first varsity finished sixth in the grand final and the second varsity was fourth in the petit final, resulting in a fifth-place team finish in the overall standings.
Trinity is led by senior co-captain Robin Neschke (Still River, Mass.), who was named to the All-NESCAC (2nd) and All-ECAC Teams, and juniors Claire Barkin (Weston, Mass.) and Renee Swetz (Newton, Mass.) who were All-NESCAC First and Second Team honorees, respectively, this spring. Trinity is currently ranked No. 4 in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing Division III National Poll. This week's CRCA/US Rowing Division III National Top Ten: 1. Williams 150, 2. Bates 140, 3. William Smith 129, 4. Trinity (Conn.) 121, 5. Wellesley 110, 6. Ithaca 100, 7. Worcester Tech 90, 8. Washington College 76, 9. Wesleyan 69, 10. Tufts 58.
Trinity's first-varsity eight lineup for the NCAA Regatta is senior coxswain Julia McGhee (Montclair, N.J.) and Swetz, juniors Jillian Zieff (Wayland, Mass.) and Kathryn Hibbard (Winchester, Mass.), sophomore Julia Kelling (Pelham, N.Y.), first-year Madeline Boudreau (Sherborn, Mass.), Neschke, Barkin, and first-year Claudia Jensen (Bronxville, N.Y.) in seats one thru eight. The second-varsity eight will be junior coxswain Gwendolyn Schoch (Concord, N.H.) and first-year Jennifer Sager (Erdenheim, Pa.), seniors Kathryn Whitney (Bronxville, N.Y.), Nicole Maleh (Dover, Mass.), and Abigail Hall (Larchmont, N.Y.), juniors Claire Anderson (Sonoma, Calif.), Rose Lichtenfels (McLean, Va.), and Catherine Guariglia (Glen Rock, N.J.), and senior co-captain Emily Bower (Cincinnati, Ohio) from stern to bow.