Wildcats Opened Fall Season at Head of the Charles Regatta This Weekend
Oct. 24, 2010
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - At the 46th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend in Cambridge, the Villanova rowing team competed in both the Club Fours and Club Eights races in their first official competition of the fall season.
Both boats for the Wildcats competed in good conditions on Saturday afternoon, with the Club Fours racing first and finishing in 10th place overall in a field that included 52 entries. Villanova came in second among all collegiate teams in the race as well and finished with a time of 20:44.174.
Senior Anne Marie Kearing (Longmeadow, Mass) was the coxswain for the Wildcats fours boat, which also included Alanna McCloy, seniors Noelle Helmstetter (Annandale, N.J.) and Allison Telleri (Clark, N.J.) and junior Kellie Kruppenbacher (Charlton, N.Y.).
Among the collegiate teams in the Club Fours competition, only Saint Mary's (Calif.) finished ahead of Villanova, as the Gaels were second overall in the race with a time of 20:10.433 which was less than a second behind the winning boat from Lincoln Park Rowing Club.
Five other schools finished behind the Wildcats but still in the top 20 overall, including Boston College, Fordham, Loyola (Md.), Fairfield and Sacred Heart.
The second boat to race for Villanova was the Club Eights, which finished 21st out of 30 entries in a stacked competition which featured several nationally-known squads such as Yale, Radcliffe and Alabama among others.
Laura Saracina was the coxswain for the Wildcats boat which registered a time of 19:32.345. Villanova once again beat out Boston College, while Xavier and Iona were also behind the Wildcats.
The rest of the Villanova team was made up of junior Gia Bradley (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), Jaclyn Prazenica, senior Caitlin Cotter (Abington, Mass.), sophomore Clara Candalor (Springfield, Va.), Jennifer DeCata, sophomore Zoe Gasparotti (Cockeysville, Md.), Laura Valenstein and Anna Luber.
Next weekend, the Wildcats will compete in the local Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.
NOTES: Kruppenbacher was also a part of the Villanova Fours boat which won a championship this past summer in the Reading Regatta in England.