Oct. 31, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - On what could be called an atypical Saturday for many in the month of October, snowy conditions forced the two-day event to a single one-day showing on Sunday at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. An event that is considered as one of the most challenging head races in the United States was seen in limited fashion for this one-day event for spectators and competitors.
The Villanova rowing team competed in four events yesterday, while beating all of their competitors in a field of three in the Women's Pair, without the coxswain, against New York University and Haverford College. The Wildcats recorded a time of 17:37.00 under the command of Junior, Zoe Gasparotti.
As for the Women's Novice Fours, Villanova crossed the finish line in a time of 17:01.20 to finish second behind only La Salle University. Coxswain, Virginia Connor, and company trailed La Salle by a mere five seconds. There were a total of 14 entries in the competition.
Villanova raced two boats in the Women's Open Fours category that was held on Sunday. Each boat in the competition had a top ten finish, with one coming in at fourth place. Kelly Moon, sophomore coxswain, helped the boat earn a quality spot in a time of 15:51.38. The second boat reached the line in a time of 16:15.41, which was good for 10th place in the standings. Coxswain, V. Connor, led the charge for Villanova for a second time on the Schuylkill River.
For the Women's Novice Eights, Villanova again raced two boats. Tori Clay, freshman coxswain, and her teammates edged most of the competition, receiving 10th place of 28 entries in a time of 15:42.88. A second Villanova boat in the same event placed 20th. Suttor was the coxswain of the boat, which was 2:10 off the winning pace.
This competition marks the last of the fall season for the wildcats. The Rollins Invitational in Winter Park, Florida, on March, 10 will kick-off the start of the spring season. Start time is TBA.